RII30115 – Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

Course Code and Name:
RII30115 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

Qualification Description:
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.
Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the qualification.

Entry Requirements:
There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Packaging Rules:
The following provides the packaging rules for this qualification, followed by the list of relevant units of competency.
Total number of units = 13

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

Core Units:

Core Units of Competency
RIIENV201D Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns
RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes


Elective Units:
Units of Competency
RIICOM301D Communicate information
RIICOM302D Communicate workplace information


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


Units of Competency
MSMPER300 Issue work permits
Prerequisite unit: MSMWHS201 Conduct hazard analysis
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
RIIMPO301E Conduct hydraulic excavator operations
RIIMPO302E Conduct hydraulic shovel operations
RIIMPO303E Conduct rope 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
RIIMPO313E Conduct face loading operations
RIIMPO329E Conduct dragline operations
RIIMPO330E Conduct bucket wheel operations
RIIMPO331E Conduct operations with stockpile dozer
RIIMPO336E Conduct belly dump truck operations
RIIMPO337E Conduct articulated haul truck operations
RIIMPO338E Conduct rigid haul truck operations
RIINHB307D Conduct conventional core drilling
RIIPEO301D 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


Units of Competency
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works
AHCSAW301 Construct conservation earthworks
AURKTJ011 Remove, inspect and fit earthmoving and off-the-road tyres
AURKTJ012 Remove, inspect and fit earthmoving and off-the-road wheel and rim assemblies
BSBDIV301 Work effectively with diversity
BSBINN301 Promote innovation in a team environment
BSBPUR301 Purchase goods and services
CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging
CPCCLSF2001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level
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
MSL913004 Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
MSL924003 Process and interpret data
MSL943003 Work safely with instruments that emit ionising radiation
MSL973013 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
RIIERR302E Respond to local emergencies and incidents
RIIERR308D Extricate and transport people involved in incidents
RIIERR310D Provide support for rescue operations
RIIHAN208D Perform dogging
RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platforms
RIIHAN302D Conduct intermediate scaffolding operations
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
RIIRIS202D Respond to site based spills
RIIRIS401D Apply site risk management system
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
RIISAM315A Manage tyre, wheel and rim assembly applications
RIISTD301D Take environmental samples and measurements
RIIVEH302D Operate multi-combination vehicle
RIIVEH303E Drive heavy combination vehicle
RIIVEH306D Operate mine service vehicle
RIIWHS301D Conduct safety and health investigations
TLIC3004 Drive heavy rigid vehicle
TLID2022 Conduct weighbridge operations
TLILIC0002 Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)
TLILIC0005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
TLILIC0006 Licence to operate a bridge and gantry crane
TLILIC0010 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)
TLILIC2016 Licence to drive a heavy rigid vehicle
TLILIC3017 Licence to drive a heavy combination vehicle
TLILIC3018 Licence to drive a multi combination vehicle


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.