RII30115 – Certificate III In Surface Extraction Operations


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 specific academic entry requirements for this qualification.

Applicants for the Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations are expected to:

  • Have a demonstrated capacity in learning, reading, writing, oracy and numeracy competencies to Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). See Australian Core Skills Framework.

The above requirements could be demonstrated by applicants in a variety of ways such as:

  • Having completed secondary school to year 11;
  • Verified references from an employer indicating that the applicant has demonstrated the above requirements in their workplace;
  • Via an interview process that assesses the applicant’s skills.

Work Placement Requirements

Not required

Licencing Requirements

Students must be over 18 years of age for High Risk Licence training

Upon successful completion of High Risk Licencing units, students are provided with a Tax Invoice to apply for their High Risk Work Licence. There is an additional cost to the student associated with the issuance of the licence, please visit www.safework.sa.gov.au for more information

Other Course Requirements

Students must wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including steel cap boots, long pants and long sleeved shirt at all times

Course Length

Course length is 24 months

Course Locations

Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Roxby Downs, Adelaide

Delivery Modes Available

Full-time or part-time attendance at a group delivery in a venue conducted by a facilitator

Course Fees

Total course cost $5,400.00

Additional costs associated with High Risk Licencing – see above Licencing Requirements

Packaging Rules

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.

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.

Suggested Units

RIIENV201D         Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns

RIIRIS301D          Apply risk management processes

RIIWHS201D       Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

RIICOM302D        Communicate workplace information

RIIGOV201D        Comply with site work processes/procedures

RIIMCO301D        Conduct control centre operations

RIIMPO304D        Conduct wheel loader operations

RIIMPO306D        Operate plant/machinery on live stockpiles

RIISAM202D        Isolate and access plant

RIISAM301E         Test operational functions of vehicles and equipment

RIISRM301D         Blend stockpile materials

TLILIC0012           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)



If you have any questions regarding this course or would like to enrol, please contact us on:
Phone: 1300 885 697
Email: trainingpartnerships@ceg.net.au

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