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RII30115 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

Dig in and set yourself up for a career in surface extraction operations!

Through this qualification you will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for a roles such as production operator in an open cut mine or quarry, performing tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.


Skills covered in this qualification include:

  • Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns
  • Apply risk management processes
  • Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
  • Communicate information
  • Comply with site work processes/procedures
  • Assess ground conditions
  • Test operational functions of vehicles and equipment
  • Operate plant/machinery on live stockpiles
Delivery Options

Our campus:
School based:

Career Outcomes
  • Excavator Operator (Mining and Extractive Industries)
  • Remote Control Room Operator,Grader Operator (Extractive Industries)
  • Quarry Equipment Operator
  • Shotfirer
  • Face Loader Operator
  • Haul Truck Operator (Extractive Industries)
  • Open Cut Coal Miner
  • Quarry Mobile Equipment Operator
  • Quarry Operations Leading Hand
  • Scraper Operator (Mining)
  • Shotfirer’s Assistant
  • Water Cart Operator
  • Mobile Plant Operator (Extractive Industries)
  • Senior Open Cut Coal Miner
  • Haul Truck Operator (Mining)
  • Scraper Operator (Extractive Industries)
  • Excavator Operator (Mining)
  • Plant Service and Maintenance Operator (Quarry)
  • Dredge Operator
  • Weighbridge Operator
  • Sales Loader Operator
  • Grader Operator (Mining)
  • Bogger Operator
  • Quarry Processing Plant Operator

Total number of units = 13

3 Core

10 Elective

The elective units must be selected as follows:

  • one (1) must be chosen from Group A
  • one (1) must be chosen from Group B
  • at least three (3) must be chosen from Group C
  • no more than (3) may be chosen from Group D
  • no more than (2) may be chosen from within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must reflect current occupational and learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level.

There are both licensed and non-licensed units of competency relating to high risk work in the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package. To be appointed under any statutory requirements in related roles, units of competency should be selected to meet the state/territory licensing requirements.

There are prerequisites to imported units listed in this qualification. Where a unit is imported as an elective care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified are complied with.


Core Units

RIIENV201D Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns
RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes
RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures


Elective Units

Group A

RIICOM301D Communicate information
RIICOM302D Communicate workplace information

Group B

RIIGOV201D Comply with site work processes/procedures
RIIQUA201D Maintain and monitor site quality standards

Group C

MSAPMPER300C Issue work permits Prerequisite unit: RIIRIS201B Conduct local risk control
RIIBHD301D Conduct surface blast hole drilling operations
RIIBHD304D Set up and prepare for open cut drilling operations
RIIBHD305D Conduct down-hole hammer drilling
RIIBLA301D Conduct surface shotfiring operations
RIIMCO301D Conduct control centre operations
RIIMCO302D Conduct surface miner operations
RIIMCO303D Conduct auger miner operations
RIIMEX301D Conduct dredging operations
RIIMEX302D Assess ground conditions
RIIMPG301D Control and monitor automated plant/machinery
RIIMPO206D Conduct bulk water truck operations
RIIMPO301D Conduct hydraulic excavator operations
RIIMPO302D Conduct hydraulic shovel operations
RIIMPO303D Conduct rope shovel operations
RIIMPO304D Conduct wheel loader operations
RIIMPO305E Conduct coal stockpile dozer operations
RIIMPO306D Operate plant/machinery on live stockpiles
RIIMPO308E Conduct tracked dozer operations
RIIMPO309E Conduct wheeled dozer operations
RIIMPO310E Conduct grader operations
RIIMPO312D Conduct scraper operations
RIIMPO313D Conduct face loading operations
RIIMPO329D Conduct dragline operations
RIIMPO330D Conduct bucket wheel operations
RIIMPO331D Conduct stockpile dozer operations
RIIMPO336D Conduct belly dump truck operations
RIIMPO337D Conduct articulated truck operations
RIIMPO338D Conduct rigid haul truck operations
RIINHB307D Conduct conventional core drilling
RIIPEO301 Conduct conveyor-car high wall mining operations
RIIPRO301D Conduct crushing and screening plant operations
RIIPRO302D Perform process control room operations
RIIPRO303D Conduct sand wash plant operations
RIISAM202D Isolate and access plant
RIISAM301E Test operational functions of vehicles and equipment
RIISRM301D Blend stockpile materials
RIISRM302D Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations
RIISRM303D Move and position materials to form stockpiles
RIISRM304D Maintain stockpiles
RIIVEH201D Operate light vehicle
RIIVEH305E Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle
RIIVEH307E Operate heavy rigid vehicle

Group D

AHCNAR303A Implement revegetation works
AHCSAW301A Construct conservation earthworks
BSBDIV301 Work effectively with diversity
BSBINN301 Promote innovation in a team environment
BSBPUR301 Purchase goods and services
CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging
CPCCLSF3001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level (Prerequisite unit: CPCCLSF2001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level)
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
MSL924001A Process and interpret data
MSL943001A Work safely with instruments that emit ionising radiation
MSL913002A Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
MSL973001A Perform basic tests
RIIBEF302D Monitor site production activities
RIIBLA201D Support shotfiring operations
RIIBLA205D Store, handle and transport explosives
RIIBLA305D Conduct secondary blasting
RIIBLA306D Conduct accretion firing
RIIBLA307D Conduct blast survey
RIIBLA308D Conduct electronic blasting operations
RIICRC310D Construct and maintain roads
RIIERR301D Respond to mine incident
RIIERR302D Respond to local emergencies and incidents
RIIERR308D Extricate and transport people involved in incidents
RIIERR310D Provide support for rescue operations
RIIHAN208D Perform dogging
RIIHAN301D Operate elevating work platforms
RIIHAN302D Conduct intermediate scaffolding operations
RIIHAN304D Conduct slewing crane operations
RIIHAN305D Operate a gantry or overhead crane
RIIHAN306D Carry out lifting using multiple cranes
RIIHAN307D Operate a vehicle loading crane
RIIHAN311E Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier
RIIPEO206D Lay and recover cables and hoses
RIIRIS202D Respond to site based spills
RIISAM303D Shut down dredge for operator maintenance
RIISAM304D Install, commission and maintain major conveyor equipment and systems
RIISAM305D Repair and splice conveyor belting
RIISAM306D Service and maintain conveyors, feeders and hoppers
RIISAM307D Service and maintain crushers
RIISAM308D Service and maintain screens
RIISAM309D Service and maintain pumps
RIISTD301D Take environmental samples and measurements
RIIVEH302D Operate multi-combination vehicle
RIIVEH303D Drive heavy combination vehicle
RIIVEH306D Operate mine services vehicle
RIIWHS301D Conduct safety and health investigations
TLIC3004A Drive heavy rigid vehicle
TLID2022A Conduct weighbridge operations
TLILIC0012A Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)
TLILIC2005A Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
TLILIC2016B Licence to drive a heavy rigid vehicle
TLILIC3003A Licence to operate a bridge and gantry crane
TLILIC3008A Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)
TLILIC3017B Licence to drive a heavy combination vehicle
TLILIC3018B Licence to drive a multi combination vehicle

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Participants do however need intermediate language, literacy, numeracy and computer skills.

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