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Common Core

NORCAT Common Core Training

NORCAT's Common Core Training is delivered at NORCAT's Underground Centre in Onaping, Ontario. Courses include Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner, Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Service Type, Surface Miner, First Line Underground Mine Supervisors and Generic Supervisors.

Registration Information:

NORCAT Training Centre

PH: 705-521-8324 ext.400
Fax: 705-670-2193

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Available Courses

Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner - Common Core

The Underground Hard Rock Miner program is 4 weeks in duration. This comprehensive training program complies with the standards set out by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU). This program incorporates 2 days of theory including information from the Occupational Health and Safety Act as it pertains to the Common Core modules, as well as an in-depth practical session for the remaining 18 working days of the program. In the practical sessions, all aspects of each module are reviewed and practiced. Every module of the training will be completed to the trainee’s personal satisfaction and to the satisfaction of the instructor to ensure the complete working knowledge and skill required for every module.

Each successful graduate of the program will be registered with the MTCU under Program #770010 Underground Hard Rock Miner.

The following modules are included in the program:

U0000 - Follow Surface and Underground Induction
U0001 - Perform General Inspection
U0002 - Scale Loose Rock
U0012 - Perform General Lock Out and Tag

As well as the standard #770010 mandatory modules, NORCAT also continues the training with an in-depth introduction to a number of Underground Hard Rock Miner Specialty Modules. You will be introduced to specialized mining techniques and equipment operation pertaining to these specialty modules. This will include practical training operating various pieces of equipment. You will learn the safety requirements and government guidelines that you must achieve to become fully accredited in these modules in the future.:

U0003 - Setup Wooden Staging
U0004 - Drill Rock
U0005 - Rock Bolt Ground
U0006 - Blast Rock
U0010 - Muck with Load Haul Dump (LHD) Machine
U0011 - Extend Service

Call 705-521-8324 ext.404 to learn more and register.

Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Service Types - Common Core

U0000 Follow Surface and Underground Induction Procedures
U0001 Perform General Inspections
U0002 Scale Loose Rock

The program consists of three computer theory modules that must be completed either on-line or any day Monday to Friday at the NORCAT Training Centre. On the Tuesday following completion of the theory portion, a four-hour practical session is required at the NORCAT Mine. These courses are not transferable to the Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core Program.

Once a participant has completed all the theory and hands-on practical training, he or she will receive the paperwork necessary to return to his or her employer in order to be registered with the MTCU.

The contractor is also issued a NORCAT contractor pass, which states they have completed their general orientation training and underground service training.

Call 705-521-8324 ext. 401 to learn more and register.

Surface Miner - Common Core

The Surface Miner Common Core program consists of 28 modules in total. NORCAT performs the first 3 modules (Section 1) as they are the core minimum modules for entry to a pit, quarry, or excavation site. The 25 specialty modules (Section 2-6) are available upon request.

Section 1: Surface Miner Common Core Modules (Mandatory)

  • U5030 Work Safely in the Job Environment
  • U5031 Lock Out and Tag Equipment and Energy
  • U5032 Operate Hand and Power Tools

Section 2: Production

Section 3: Service Vehicles

Section 4: Conveyors, Crushers and Screens

Section 5: Auxiliary Equipment

Section 6: Drilling and Blasting

Call 705-521-8324 ext. 401 to learn more and register.

Supervisor Training

Common Core for First Line Underground Mine Supervisors

#P770121

Training elements include both classroom instruction and hands-on task demonstration.

U6100 Follow Safety Program
U6101 Prepare for Emergencies
U6102 Follow Health and Hygiene Procedures/Guidelines
U6103 Practice Effective Communication
U6104 Manage Work Area Activities
U6105 Manage Employees
U6106 Read and Follow Mine Layouts and Specifications
U6107 Identify Geological Features and Supervise Ground Control Installations
U6108 Assess, Control and Apply Ventilation Systems in Workplaces

Pre-requisites:
To be registered in Program # 770121 you must have:

  • A current, standard level Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB) approved, first aid certificate; and
  • Full Basic Underground Hard Rock Miner Common Core accreditation, Program #770010. Modules U0000 to U0012.
  • Meet OHSA requirements for competent person.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to inform the local Apprenticeship Client Services office of a change of name, address or transfer to a new employer and provide documents as required for registration.

To be accredited in the Underground Hardrock Mining First Line Production/Development Supervisor Common Core Program, the employee must have demonstrated competency in each of the above 770121 Program Modules.

Courses are delivered over a minimum three month period with one week each month for classroom and field instruction. A final complete audit & exam is required after four to six months on the job.

All candidates must be employed by a sponsor employer WITH APPROVED MTCU SIGNING AUTHORITY.

Call 705-521-8324 ext. 400 to learn more and register.

Common Core for Generic Supervisors

#P770141

Training elements include both classroom instruction and hands-on task demonstration.

U6300 Follow Safety Program
U6301 Prepare for Emergencies
U6302 Follow Health and Hygiene Procedures/Guidelines
U6303 Practice Effective Communication
U6304 Manage Work Area Activities
U6305 Manage Employees
U6306 Assess, Control and Apply Ventilation Systems in the Workplace

Pre-requisites:
To be registered in Program # 770141 you must have:

  • A current, standard level WSIB approved first aid certificate.
  • As a minimum, MTCU accreditation in the mandatory modules from the appropriate common core program 770130, 770150, 770210 or 770225.
  • Meet the requirements for ‘competent person’ as defined in the OHSA legislation.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to inform the local Apprenticeship Client Services office of a change of name, address or transfer to a new employer and provide the required documents for registration.

To be accredited in the Generic Supervisor Common Core Program, the employee must have demonstrated competency in each of the above 770141 Program Modules.

All candidates must be employed by a sponsor employer WITH APPROVED MTCU SIGNING AUTHORITY.

Call 705-521-8324 ext. 400 to learn more and register.