General Mineral Miner (GMM) Training Certification – Virginia

The Mineral Mine Safety Act of Virginia (MMSA) section §45.1-161.292:28 requires that miners starting work after January 1, 1997 must be trained and certified by the Board of Mineral Mining Examiners (BMME ) as general mineral miner (GMM) prior to starting work. GMM certification is obtained by completing training in first aid and the Mineral Mine Safety Laws of Virginia and Safety and Health Regulations for Mineral Mining.


The objectives of this course are to:
1. Familiarize new miners with the Mineral Mine Safety Act of Virginia (MMSA)
2. Familiarize new miners with potential safety or health hazards associated with mineral mining, and Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy's Division of Mineral Mining safety and health regulations that address those hazards.
3. Familiarize new miners with emergency first aid procedures to be used when treating an injured victim.

To receive certification, the student must prove that they have adequately learned the course topics by the instructor's choice of either a demonstration of skills or written examination. Each participant must complete a GMM training/certification form (BMME - 4), which must be submitted to the Virginia’s Department of Mineral Mines.


Who Should Attend?

  • New workers at Virginia mineral mines
  • Subcontractor’s working at a Virginia mine that are required to complete this training
  • Any person with an interest in mine safety issues



*This course is intended to be used as a supplement to the "new miner" training element of a mine operator's mine safety training plan required by §45.1-161.292:73 of the MMSA, and where applicable, MSHA Part 46 new miner training. Upon completion of this training new miners must undergo "task training" for their initial work assignment as well as any additional training specified in the company's mine safety training plan.