Dear SANIRE Member

The Appendix A does not contribute any marks to the exam.  You need 60% per section (planning and portfolio) to pass the exam.  The reference documents are required only for registration purposes.  They have been implemented to stop plagiarism, ensure that candidates are in fact mentored, stop unprepared timewasters from entering and wasting valuable resources, and to prevent anyone not associated directly with rock engineering from registering for the exam.  This is the part we as the SANIRE examinations committee play to ensure we supply the industry with reliable, well-trained rock engineers who can operate independently with integrity. 

Your projects cant “just be work that you have done”.  The rules clearly state that it may not be a prepared document and that it must be a true reflection of your own work.  Please see the exam guidelines that are available for download from

If your mentor believes that you are not fit to attempt the exam yet, it is expected of him/her to not sign the reference form and to prevent you from entering.  If you feel your mentor is being unfair, then you have to take it up within your organisation. 

The closing date for the registrations was on 30 September 2020.