The Canadian Mining

Skills Registry

The Future of Mining Skills Development


MiHR develops and maintains two different types of standards for the Canadian mining sector:

National Occupational Standards:

National Occupational Standards (NOS) establish clear, objective benchmarks of the skills and knowledge required for workers to perform in a particular occupation. Each NOS reflects a complete list of competencies required to perform a specific job.

The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) develops and maintains a suite of seven NOS for the Canadian mining industry. The development and maintenance of each NOS is led by a National Occupational Standard Development Committee (NOSDC) made up of subject-matter experts from various groups across Canada, including industry, labour and education. NOS development committees undertake a regular review (five years) of the NOS to ensure they remain current and relevant to industry.


National Occupational Training Standards:

MiHR’s National Occupational Training Standards (NOTS) aligns with MiHR’s National Occupational Standards (NOS) and provides the learning outcomes and learning objectives that guide quality training, curriculum design and developmentThe development of National Occupational Training Standards (NOTS), informed by the National Occupation Standards (NOS), support the development of the workforce skills needed by employers.