Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of individuals such as production operators, working in open cut coal or metalliferous mines or quarries, 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.


To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

13 units of competency:

  • 3 core units plus
  • 10 elective units of which:.

1 must be from Group A

1 must be from Group B

at least 3 must be from Group C

no more than 3 may be from Group D

no more than 2 may be from elsewhere in this or any other currently endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the overall integrity of the AQF alignment, not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification, and contribute to a valid industry-supported vocational outcome.

Course Outline

Core Units

RIIENV201E   Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns

RIIRIS301E     Apply risk management processes

RIIWHS201E  Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

Elective Units

Group A  ( Choose 1)

RIICOM301E  Communicate information

RIICOM302D  Communicate workplace information




Group B  (Choose 1)

RIIGOV201E   Comply with site work processes/procedures

RIIQUA201E   Maintain and monitor site quality standards


Group C  (choose at least 3)

MSMPER300* Issue work permits

RIIHAN309F   Conduct telescopic materials handler operations

RIIMEX302D   Assess ground conditions

RIIMEX303     Conduct local geotechnical risk control in surface operations

RIIMPO206D  Conduct bulk water truck operations

RIIMPO301E   Conduct hydraulic excavator operations

RIIMPO302E   Conduct hydraulic shovel operations

RIIMPO304E   Conduct wheel loader operations

RIIMPO305F   Conduct coal stockpile dozer operations

RIIMPO306D  Operate plant/machinery on live stockpiles

RIIMPO308F   Conduct tracked dozer operations

RIIMPO309F   Conduct wheeled dozer operations

RIIMPO310F   Conduct grader operations

RIIMPO312E   Conduct scraper operations

RIIMPO319E   Conduct backhoe/loader operations

RIIMPO329F   Conduct dragline operations

RIIMPO331E   Conduct operations with stockpile dozer

RIIMPO334E   Conduct skid steer loader operations using attachments

RIIMPO335E   Conduct skid steer loader operations without attachments

RIIMPO336E   Conduct belly dump truck operations

RIIMPO337E   Conduct articulated haul truck operations

RIIMPO338E   Conduct rigid haul truck operations

RIIPRO301D   Conduct crushing and screening plant operations

RIIPRO302D   Perform process control room operations

RIISAM301F   Test operational functions of vehicles and equipment

RIISRM302E   Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations

RIISRM304E   Maintain stockpiles

RIIVEH201E   Operate a light vehicle

RIIVEH304E   Conduct tip truck operations

RIIVEH305F    Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle

RIIVEH307F    Operate a heavy rigid vehicle


Group D   (Choose no more than 3)

HLTAID011      Provide first aid

MSMWHS201 Conduct hazard analysis

RIICRC310E   Construct and maintain roads

RIIERR301E   Respond to work site incidents

RIIERR302E   Respond to local emergencies and incidents

RIIHAN208E   Perform dogging

RIIHAN301E   Operate elevating work platform

RIIHAN304E   Conduct slewing crane operations

RIIHAN305D   Operate a gantry or overhead crane

RIIHAN307E   Operate a vehicle loading crane

RIIHAN311F    Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier

RIIPEO206D   Lay and recover cables and hoses

RIIRIS202E     Respond to site based spills

RIIRIS401E     Apply site risk management system

RIISAM306E   Service and maintain conveyors, feeders and hoppers

RIIVEH302E   Operate multi-combination vehicle

RIIVEH303F    Drive heavy combination vehicle

RIIVEH306E   Operate a mine service vehicle

RIIWHS301E  Conduct safety and health investigations

Course Inclusions

  • Training will be conducted by one of our experienced trainer / assessors who have industry currency and supported by a strong knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and industry standards.
  • Practical and theoretical activities drive the training experience to ensure that the training is engaging, interesting and relevant.
  • 12 months of training. Up to 12 trainees per course.
Participants must
  • Be at least 15 years of age
Equipments requirements
  • We supply all equipment necessary for you to undertake training in training centre

    Certain training equipment may be required for some units, please contact us to discuss.




Appropriate clothing, closed-in footwear.

Course Duration

6 to 12 months


$4,500.00 pp for public courses.

For group bookings outside our public course schedule or at your location, please contact our office on 07 49822541


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