IQA's response to the COVID-19 outbreak

The IQA takes the wellbeing of members, staff, presenters, suppliers and hosts seriously and is conscious of the instructions being given by the government and health officials. Our top priority is everyone’s health and wellbeing and supporting strategies that will help stop the spread of the virus.

To support Australian and global strategies aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, the IQA Board has made the decision to postpone all IQA face to face events scheduled up to and including 31st July 2020. This includes education workshops, conferences and Branch events. 

In addition, the IQNZ conference which was scheduled for July 2020, has been postponed. Further advice will be provided when available. 

While the IQA will postpone face to face events in the coming months, we will monitor the situation and work closely with industry to reschedule events and ensure access to education is maintained. The IQA is constantly increasing its online offerings. If you have urgent training needs, please contact us and we can discuss online options.

The IQA will continue to respond to any new directions by authorities regarding events and ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We will work closely with the industry on our contingency planning and will reschedule events when appropriate to do so.

The IQA was due to release face-to-face training on Respirable Crystalline Silica in April. This face to face training will be delayed. The IQA will still release RCS general awareness material and will be available to support any questions on RCS.

You will continue to have access to IQA staff via email and phone. For any training needs please email

Please stay safe as we all work together to prevent the spread of this disease.

Kylie Fahey (CEO)

QMCS re-launched

The IQA has relaunched its Quarry Manager Certification System (QMCS) in November 2019. QMCS is a system implemented by the IQA for granting professional recognition to quarry industry professionals. QMCS is overseen by the CP Committee.

The CP Committee may accredit a person as:

  • Certified Practicing Quarry Manager (CPQM)
  • Certified Practicing Quarry Supervisor (CPQS)

Maintenance of Competence Scheme NSW

We are seeing the dialogue around professional development become more paramount in the industry with various state legislation requiring competence and maintenance of competence. NSW is currently the only state with mandatory CPD (for Quarry Managers holding a NSW Practicing Certificate – (without conditions). While not mandatory in other states, the IQA has always held a strong position on the importance of ongoing education. The IQA is currently scheduling professional development for all states, including NSW. If you have specific training needs, please email


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