DMR Workshop Information

Inspection Training Workshops

For a list of the current workshop schedule click here.


SMARA Lead Agencies are required to conduct an annual inspection of every surface mining operation subject to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) within its jurisdiction. The Department of Conservation’s DMR is required to establish a training program, including inspection workshops, for surface mine inspectors. Upon completion of the workshop, a mine inspector will possess the necessary skills to observe, document, and inform local Lead Agency decision makers of the mine’s current condition for determination of compliance with SMARA.

Inspections of surface mines must be conducted by an inspector who has a certificate of completion of an inspection training workshop on file with the Lead Agency and DMR no later than July 1, 2020. Surface mine inspectors must renew their certificate of completion every five years. 

Description: This workshop focuses on conducting SMARA inspections, including observing and measuring site conditions, updating financial assurances, and completing the inspection form. Each workshop consists of a two-day course with one day of classroom training and one day in the field at a local mine site. For ease of attendance, DMR is offering inspection workshops in different regions of the state. 

Target Audience: Designed to train lead agency staff and their consultants who conduct inspections of surface mining operations. Though these workshops are open to the public, registration priority is given to lead agency staff and consultants working for lead agencies that are directly involved in conducting mine inspections. Others will be placed on a waiting list and added as space is available.

Please call (916) 323-9198 for more information.