RII30120 – Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

Course Code and Name:

RII30120 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

Qualification Description:

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.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

Licensing, legislative and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Users must check requirements with relevant body before applying 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:

  • 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.

The elective bank contains both licensed and non-licensed units of competency relating to high-risk work in the resources and infrastructure industry. 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:

Unit Code Unit Title
RIIENV201E Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns
RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes
RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

Elective Units:
Unit Code Unit Title
RIICOM301E Communicate information
RIICOM302D Communicate workplace information

Unit Code Unit Title
RIIGOV201E Comply with site work processes/procedures
RIIQUA201E Maintain and monitor site quality standards

Unit Code Unit Title
MSMPER300* Issue work permits
RIIARO301 Work safely in autonomous environments 
RIIARO302 Work safely with remotely piloted aircraft systems
RIIARO303 Operate equipment in autonomous environments 
RIIARO304 Coordinate and interact with autonomous systems 
RIIARO305 Build and maintain routes for autonomous operations
RIIARO306 Respond to obstructions to autonomous operations
RIIARO307 Activate and deactivate autonomous systems
RIIBHD301E Conduct surface blast hole drilling operations
RIIHAN309F Conduct telescopic materials handler operations
RIIMCO302D Conduct surface miner operations
RIIMCO303E Conduct auger miner operations
RIIMEX301D Conduct dredging operations
RIIMEX302D Assess ground conditions
RIIMEX303 Conduct local geotechnical risk control in surface operations
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 loader 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
RIINHB307D Conduct conventional core drilling
RIINHB330 Conduct down-hole hammer drilling
RIIPEO301E 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
RIISAM301F Test operational functions of vehicles and equipment
RIISRM301E Blend stockpile materials
RIISRM302E Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations
RIISRM303E Move and position materials to form stockpiles
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

Unit code  Unit title 
AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works
AHCSAW301 Construct conservation earthworks
BSBPUR301 Purchase goods and services
BSBSTR401 Promote innovation in team environments
BSBTWK301 Use inclusive work practices
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
HLTAID011 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
MSMWHS201 Conduct hazard analysis
RIIBEF302E Monitor site production activities
RIIBLA201E Support shotfiring operations
RIIBLA205E Store, handle and transport explosives
RIIBLA301E Conduct surface shotfiring operations
RIIBLA305E Conduct secondary blasting
RIIBLA307E Conduct a blast survey
RIICRC310E Construct and maintain roads
RIIERR301E Respond to work site incidents
RIIERR302E Respond to local emergencies and incidents
RIIERR308E Extricate and transport people involved in incidents
RIIERR406 Provide support for rescue operations
RIIHAN208E Perform dogging
RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform
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
RIIRIS202E Respond to site based spills
RIIRIS401E Apply site risk management system
RIISAM303E Shutdown dredge for operator maintenance
RIISAM304E Install, commission and maintain major conveyor equipment and systems
RIISAM306E Service and maintain conveyors, feeders and hoppers
RIISAM307E Service and maintain crushers
RIISAM308E Service and maintain screens
RIISAM309E Service and maintain pumps
RIISTD301D Take environmental samples and measurements
RIIVEH302E Operate multi-combination vehicle
RIIVEH303F Drive heavy combination vehicle
RIIVEH306E Operate a mine service vehicle
RIIWHS301E 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

*Note the following prerequisite unit requirements.

CPCCLSF3001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level CPCCLSF2001A Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level
MSMPER300 Issue work permits MSMWHS201 Conduct hazard analysis

Qualification Mapping Information:

Supersedes and is equivalent to RII30115 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations.


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