Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations – RII30115

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.


The qualification will also enhance skills of learners wishing to apply for work in the mining sector.
Delivery of some electives is dependent on availability of trainers, machinery and sites.

Delivery of this qualification usually takes a minimum of 5 weeks (full time) and up to 6 months depending on how it is delivered (e.g. full time or part-time work based).

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:
Total number of units = 13
3 core unit plus
10 elective units of which:

Core units of competency:

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

Elective units of competency:

  • 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.

Electives can be chosen from the following groups:

Group A

Unit code Unit title
RIICOM301D Communicate information
RIICOM302D Communicate workplace information


Group B

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


Group C
Unit code Unit title
RIIMEX302D Assess ground conditions
RIIMPO304E Conduct wheel loader operations
RIISAM202D Isolate and access plant
RIISAM301E Test operational functions of vehicles and equipment
RIIVEH201D Operate light vehicle
RIIVEH305E Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle
RIIVEH307E Operate heavy rigid vehicle


Group D
Unit code Unit title
CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
RIIERR302E Respond to local emergencies and incidents
RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platforms
RIIHAN302D Conduct intermediate scaffolding operations
RIIHAN305D Operate a gantry or overhead crane
RIIHAN307E Operate a vehicle loading crane
RIIHAN311F Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier
RIIRIS202D Respond to site based spills
TLILIC0005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
TLILIC0010 Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)



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