Membership Grades

Membership of the Institute of Quarrying Australia is about supporting networking, professional development, training and career progression in the quarry and associated industries. The IQA’s membership structure recognises the contribution of all roles in the industry and aligns the various levels of leadership, experience and technical skills associated with each role to a grade of membership. Anyone involved or interested in quarrying, construction materials, and related extractive and processing industries, can join the IQA.

Membership Grades:

  • Honorary Fellow
  • Fellow
  • Member
  • Technical Member
  • Associate Member
  • Student
  • Operator
  • Retired Member

Honorary Fellow (HFIQ)

Honorary Fellow is the pinnacle membership grade of the IQA. Being awarded Honorary Fellow is recognition of outstanding contribution to the industry and the IQA. The IQA Board may elect as an Honorary Fellow a person who, in its opinion, has rendered such service to the Institute and the industry generally as warrants honorary fellowship. The person will have contributed to industry for over 20 years, and the IQA for over 10 years. An Honorary Fellow can be recognised from within a quarrying business or a supplier to the extractive industry.

Job Role

Requirements of the Grade - Honorary Fellow Member

Any person from any role or IQA Grade of membership (excluding a student) can be nominated as an Honorary Fellow.

Been a Member of the IQA for a minimum of 10 years and contributed significantly to the Institute for a sustained period of 10 years through positions held - Board, AIQEF, WIQ / YMN coordinators, Branch and other committees which merits such recognition.

Contributed significantly to the industry for a sustained period of 20 years and been involved in progressing and supporting the industry duringt his time.


Fellow (FIQ)

Fellows are the leaders and senior managers of our industry, recognised for their contributions, expertise and achievements. IQA Fellows are an exclusive group of seasoned professionals with significant industry acumen and experience. IQA Fellows uphold industry standards and demonstrate leadership by supporting the IQA and industry networks and espousing professional development and lifelong learning. A Fellow can be recognised from within a quarrying business or a supplier to the extractive industry.

Job Role

Requirements of the Grade - Fellow Member

CEOs, Director, Managing Director, Quarry Manager, Senior Site Executive, Operations Manager, Multi-site Managers, General Manager, Regional General Manager, Executive General Manager

Been a Member of the IQA for a minimum of three (3) full years with no break in  membership.

Been engaged in the direct operations of quarries for more than seven (7) years.

And / Or

Has managed more than 20 employees for more than four (4) years relevant to the direct operations of quarries.

And / Or

Has managed more than one site (areas / territory) for more than four (4) years.

And / Or

Held a senior managerial charge position (such as CEO / Principle / Director /

State Manager / Regional Manager / General Manager / Operations Manager  etc.) for more than four (4) years.

Chief Inspector of Mines or has the same experience in an equivalent position

Any person who holds the position of an Inspector of Mines and Quarries.

OR

Any person who has been a IQA Member for a minimum of three (3) years, has the same experience in an equivalent position and has had at least seven (7) years in the Inspectorate.

Senior Business Development Managers, State / Territory Sales Managers, State Operations Managers

Been a Member of the IQA for a minimum of three (3) full years with no break in membership

Holds a diploma or above (where the person does not have a diploma they must demonstrate engagement in the industry for 10 years, with 5+ years as a senior managerial charge position).

Been engaged as a supplier to the extractive (or associated) industry for more than seven (7) years.

Has held a senior managerial charge position (such as State Manager / Regional Manager / Territory Manager) for more than five (5) years.


Member (MIQ)

Members are those people working in management, senior supervisory or specialist roles in the industry. They will have a high level of practical experience within the industry, including in a position of responsible charge. Ideally a member will hold a minimum of a Diploma (or the equivalent industry experience). A Member can be recognised from within a quarrying business or a supplier to the extractive industry . The IQA automatically recognises any Quarry Manager with the statutory right to practice in their state as a Member.


Job Role

Requirements of the Grade - Member

Quarry Manager with the statutory right to practice in their state or territory

Quarry Managers who hold the statutory right to practice in their state or territory are recognised as an IQA member.

Quarry Supervisor who holds a minimum of a Diploma

Quarry Supervisor who has held the title of Quarry Supervisor for a min of 4 years and who holds a minimum of a Diploma of Surface Operations (or equivalent Diploma level qualification).

Quarry Supervisor who has been a Quarry Supervisor continuously for a min of 4 years and who also has been admitted as a CPQS and maintained CPQS for a minimum of three (3) years.

CEO / General Manager / Regional Manager / Area / State / Territory / Operations manager overseeing quarry operations

Achieving senior status in industry with high level of responsibility. Assumes high degree of technical knowledge, leadership and the majority would hold formal tertiary qualifications.

Director / Managing Director / Principle / CEO or senior executive/manager of consulting firm, supplier or other related industry

Achieving senior status in industry with high level of responsibility. Assumes high degree of technical knowledge, leadership and the majority would hold formal tertiary qualifications

Operations Manager / Maintenance Manager

Quarry Operations / Maintenance Manager who has responsibility over a single, or multiple sites. Achieving senior status in industry with high level of responsibility. Assumes high degree of technical knowledge. Assumes a level of formal qualifications or the equivalent industry experience to obtain the role.

Chief Inspector of Mines and Inspector of Mines

Achieving senior status in industry with high level of responsibility. Assumes high degree of technical knowledge, leadership and the majority would hold formal tertiary qualifications.

Engineer working in any technical area that directly supports the operations of the industry (ie Mechanical, Electrical etc)

An engineer who has been a member of the Institute for a min of four (4) years and a practicing engineer directly supporting the extractive industry for a min of four (4) years. Assumes degree qualified. (Note <4 years in the industry will be admitted as Technical Member).

Membership Upgrade

To be upgraded to Member any individual must meet the entry requirements of the grade as stated.


Technical Member (TMIQ)

Technical Members are those people working in a technical role that relates to the direct operation, or supporting operations, of the extractive industry. A Technical Member can be a direct employee in a quarry, a supplier or contractor. Ideally, a Technical Member will hold a minimum of a Certificate IV in a relevant field (or the equivalent industry experience).

Job Role

Requirements of the Grade - Technical Member

Quarry Supervisor

A Quarry Supervisor who hold the statutory right to practice in their state or territory are recognised as a Technical Member.

A Quarry Supervisor will be admitted at the grade of Technical Member in recognition of their role in the quarry and the overall process.

(Note: Quarry Supervisors with stated experience may be admitted as a member)..

Maintenance Supervisor

Maintenance Supervisor assumes technical knowledge and tenure in the industry. Maintenance Supervisor admitted at the grade of Technical Member in recognition of their role in the quarry and the overall process.

Engineer working in any technical area that directly supports the operations of the industry (1-4 years direct industry experience)

1 – 4 years direct industry experience.
Assumes degree qualified.
(Note: >4 years directly supporting the operations of the industry admitted as a Member).

Weighbridge operator

Undertaking a technical role in the industry. Assumes a base level of knowledge required to do the job.

Laboratory technician, drone operator, automated driver

Undertaking a technical role in the industry. Assumes a base level of knowledge required to do the job. Many would have a minimum Certificate IV or above and hold various licenses to legally perform their role.

Safety, WH&S, risk or environmental consultants / staff / officers / coordinators / managers

Undertaking a technical role in the industry. Assumes many would have a minimum Diploma or Degree level. 

Geotechnical surveyors

Undertaking a technical role in the industry. Assumes many would have a minimum Diploma or Degree level. 

Shot firer (or other roles associated with drill and blast)  Undertaking a technical role in the industry. Assumes many would have a minimum Certificate IV level. Need to be licenced to undertake the role.
Mechanics, fitters, welders etc  Undertaking a technical role in the industry. Assumes many would have a minimum Certificate IV level to be licensed to perform the role. 
Data technician (directly relating to operations and logistics)  Undertaking a technical role in the industry. Assumes many would have a minimum Certificate IV level and above. 
Transport and logistics operators / managers  Undertaking a technical role in the industry. Assumes many would have a minimum Certificate IV level.
Membership Upgrade To be upgraded to Technical Member any individual must meet the entry requirements of the grade as stated. 

Associate Member (AIQ)

Associate Members are generally those people working in support services roles such as sales, business development, human resources, finance or marketing. Associate Members may also include individuals who are new to the industry and just starting their careers in technical roles (less than 1 year’s experience). Associate Members may be from suppliers or contractors supporting the extractive industry as well as those employed by quarry operators.


Job Role

Requirements of the Grade - Associate Member

Sales staff / sales representatives 

Undertaking a support role in supplying goods or services to the quarry or associated industries.

OR

Generating sales and commercial growth directly for the quarry business.

Business Development staff 

Undertaking a support role in supplying goods or services to the quarry or associated industries.

OR

 Generating sales and commercial growth directly for the business

 

Administration support

Undertaking a support role for the quarry, supplier, or contractor in the industry

HR, Finance, or Marketing Officers, coordinators, managers

Undertaking a support services role for a quarry, supplier, or contractor in the industry. 


Student Member (SIQ)

Student Members are those members who are engaged in studying certificate, diploma or degree qualifications directly related to the extractive industry and are generally not yet working in the industry. A person working part-time in the industry while studying may be considered a Student Member. Any trainee or apprentice who is working full or part time while completing their study will be recognised as Student Member.


Job Role

Requirements of the Grade - Student Member

Currently studying

Recognition of a person engaged in studying a traineeship, certificate, diploma or degree and not yet working in the industry.


Operator Member (OMIQ)

Operators are those people on site directly operating plant, equipment and machinery. They assist in moving and clearing the excavated material and loading of delivery vehicles to meet sales demands. Examples include drivers of haul trucks, front end loaders, excavators and other quarry mobile plant. For the purposes of IQA membership, operator does not refer to an owner of a quarry, a person leasing a quarry or the person(s) responsible for the day to day operations at a quarry.


Job Role

Requirements of the Grade - Operator Member

Operator of plant / equipment

Recognition of a persons role as an operator.


Retired Member (RIQ)

Institute of Quarrying Australia members wishing to apply for the reduced subscription rate on the grounds of retirement should:

  • Be permanently retired from full time employment or paid work.
  • Be aged 55 years or above and have completed at least 10 years membership of the IQA; and
  • Apply to transfer to retired member reduced subscription rate on the Application for Reduced Membership Fees form

For full details on membership grades please refer to the Membership Review Committee Charter

You can join by clicking the relevant button above or by downloading the form below and sending it to [email protected].

Offline application form   Membership Review Committee Charter