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Because the mining industry inherently creates hazardous working conditions, MSHA requires both new and current miners to complete specialized safety training to teach them to recognize health and safety hazards, minimize accidents and injuries, protect themselves in hazardous and emergency situations, and facilitate MSHA compliance.

Who Needs MSHA Part 46 Training?

MSHA Part 46 training must be completed by those employed in the following surface mines: marble, limestone, shale, stone, crushed stone, sand, gravel, cement, colloidal phosphate, feldspar, traprock, sandstone, surface clay, granite, slate, and kaolin.

Based on the level of training needed, our online MSHA courses provide two options, an MSHA Part 46 New Miner course and an MSHA Part 46 Current Miner refresher course.

MSHA Part 46 New Miner Online Course

Miners new to the industry must complete this 8-hour training course prior to starting mining work under Part 46 training requirements. Our online course satisfies 8 of the 24 required hours for new miners, while the remaining 16 hours are provided by employers onsite.

MSHA Part 46 Refresher Online Course

Miners currently working in the industry who have already taken an MSHA Part 46 New Miner course, plus the required 16 hours of onsite training as specified by their employer, must complete this 8-hour MSHA Refresher Training for advanced instruction on MSHA regulations and requirements.

Which MSHA Training Do I Need?

Those entering the miner industry must complete MSHA 8-hour New Miner Training plus the required 16 hours of employer-directed training. Current miners who have already satisfied these requirements need the MSHA 8-hour Refresher Training.

Read more about the definitions of a new miner vs. a current miner, and other important questions, in our MSHA Part 46 FAQs.

Why Choose Our Training Over Other MSHA Course Providers?

Our MSHA training courses offer all these benefits:

  • Fulfill mandatory Training Plans company-wide with our online courses — no classrooms!
  • Trainees learn at their own pace, individually
  • Improve your Mine Safety Record with turnkey training
  • Buy courses in bulk for training across your entire organization
  • Unlimited course and quiz attempts guarantee a 100% pass rate
  • Instantly download free U.S. Dept. of Labor Certificate of Completion (or we can mail a copy for a small fee)
  • Take courses on any device — computers, tablets, or smartphones
  • Log on and off as needed — our courses conveniently save your place
  • 24/7 support through live chat and email

Protect Your Mine Safety Record

Proactive mining organizations realize that continuous performance improvement is the key to achieving their goals of zero fatalities and injuries. Implementing MSHA Part 46 training ensures crucial safety procedures are followed by all employees to help improve Mine Safety Records.

Ensure MSHA Part 46 Compliance for Your Entire Workforce

Avoid costly penalties by being MSHA compliant and maintain your Mine Safety Record with our turnkey training for your entire workforce. Our courses play a key role in MSHA Training Plans because they provide this mandatory safety training conveniently online. This means every trainee can take their course at their own pace — no classroom sessions to coordinate.

If implementing your Training Plan means multiple members of your workforce need MSHA training for compliance, our bulk rate pricing and corporate accounts offer tier-based discounts to save time and money. Get more information or call us at 1-866-229-2193 to speak to a sales representative on our business accounts team.

Sample Course Topics

  • Overview of Surface Mining
  • Health Hazards in Mining
  • Hazard Communication
  • Electricity, Fire, and Explosives
  • Mining Machinery and Equipment
  • Materials Handling and Storage
  • Mining Health and Safety Standards

See a comprehensive list of course topics here.

Approximate Length of Courses

8 hours

Delivery Method


Completion Certificate

Once they've completed their training, students receive a free, instantly downloadable U.S. Dept. of Labor Certificate of Completion. We can also mail a copy for a small fee.