RII30115 - Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

South Australia

Units of Competency

Core Units

Successful completion of thirteen (13) units of competency made up of: Three (3) Core units – these are mandatory and cannot be changed
Unit CodeUnit Name
RIIENV201DIdentify and assess environmental and heritage concerns
RIIRIS301DApply risk management processes
RIIWHS201DWork safely and follow WHS policies and procedures


Ten (10) Electives

Group A – one (1)
Unit CodeUnit Name
RIICOM301DCommunicate information
Group B – one (1)
Unit CodeUnit Name
RIIQUA201DMaintain and monitor site quality standards
Group C – at least three (3)
Unit CodeUnit Name
RIIMPO338EConduct rigid haul truck operations
RIIMPO337EConduct articulated haul truck operations
RIIMPO206DConduct bulk water truck operations
RIIMPO301EConduct hydraulic excavator operations
RIIMPO304EConduct wheel loader operations
RIISAM202DIsolate and access plant
RIISAM301ETest operational functions of vehicles and equipment
RIIVEH201DOperate light vehicle
RIIVEH305EOperate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle
RIIBLA301DConduct surface shotfiring preparations
Group D – no more than three (3)
Unit CodeUnit Name
RIIHAN311FConduct operations with integrated tool carrier
RIIBEF302DMonitor site production activities
BSBDIV301Work effectively with diversity
RIISAM306DService and maintain conveyors, feeders and hoppers
RIISAM308DService and maintain screens
RIIBLA201DSupport shotfiring operations
RIIBLA205DStore, handle and transport explosives

Other electives may be offered, in accordance with the packaging rules.  Please discuss with a Mining Train representative if you would like to discuss electives not identified on this course information brochure

Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as production operators in an open cut mine or quarry, who perform 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.

Course Duration

This program is delivered over 24 months as a Contract of Training (SA). Formal training may be completed in a shorter amount of time.

Entry Requirements

Mining Train will conduct a Foundation Skills entry assessment at a level required to successfully complete the qualification and work in the industry at the level required for this qualification. Potential clients who are identified as not meeting course entry requirements will be assisted with referral to appropriate support services.

• In general, participants will need to be physically fit due to the nature of the work
• Mining Train will conduct a suitability interview prior to enrolment
• Entrants will be required to be employed in a surface extraction operations role
• Entrants may be required to have a White Card prior to starting training on the qualification

Delivery & Assessment

There are theory and practical training and assessment components to the course.
Skills will be trained and assessed through a mixture of off-the-job and on-the-job training and assessment.
Participants will be required to have consistent access to activities relating to chosen electives on their worksite.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer involves assessing a previously completed course or subject to see if it provides equivalent learning or competency outcomes to those required within the current course of study.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) provides students with an opportunity to have their current skills and competencies recognised.
These skills and competencies may relate to units that they are about to commence and as a result may exempt them from studying these units.

Fees Breakdown

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Please refer to our Fees and Refunds Policy for terms and conditions.



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