Developing a Training Plan

The following resources may be useful in developing training plans for Part 46 and Part 48 mines. If this is your first time creating a training plan, we highly recommend getting in touch with Educational Field and Small Mine Services for assistance. You can also review the current regulations set forth in 30 CFR Part 46 and Part 48. The official regulations outline the required components of an approved training plan, the types of training programs that must be included in a plan, and appropriate record-keeping procedures.

Training Plan Advisor & Online Plan Submission

Provides guidance in developing federally required training plans for Part 46 and Part 48 mines, and allows plans to be submitted online.


MSHA will be transitioning to a new Electronic Training Plan Advisor (eTPA) on January 23, 2017.  As a result of this transition, we would like to share some important information that will result from the new application.  As of January 22, 2017 the current training plan advisor will be restricted to a “Read Only” format.  At that point all users that elect to use eTPA will be required to use the new advisor.  Most important, the new training plan advisor will reside in EGov and use the passwords that current users have already established in the EGov application.  The passwords that are currently used for the old Electronic Training Plan Advisor will not apply to the new application.  In the event that you do not have an EGov password, you will need to create a new account and password in EGov to use the new eTPA.

Additionally, the training plans that have been created in the current training plan advisor will not be transferred to the new eTPA.  Therefore, all training plans will need to be created as new plans in the new eTPA within the EGov application.  This will not affect the status of any plan created in the old Electronic Training Plan Advisor that is currently approved in your respective district.  For your convenience, “Read Only” access to the current training plan advisor will remain available until January 22, 2018. 

*The use of the eTPA is voluntary and meant to assist operators with the development of their training plans.

Contact information for additional assistance

MSHA’s Helpdesk:  (877) 778-6055

Educational Field and Small Mine Services  

New EGov Users Registration 

MSHA Program Policy Manual

Provides assistance in interpreting and clarifying the various training requirements outlined in 30 CFR Part 46 and Part 48.

Part 46 Training Plan Starter Kit

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Provides help in developing an effective, mine-specific training program that meets the provisions of Part 46. This starter kit includes a sample training plan.

Part 46 Training Plan Guide

Outlines the minimum requirements for a Part 46 training plan and answers some of the most common questions regarding Part 46 training plan components.