Certificate II in Surface Extraction Operations

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working as an operator on sites such as an open cut coal mine, a quarry or an open cut metalliferous mine, undertaking a prescribed range of tasks involving known routines and procedures, and taking some responsibility for the quality of work outcomes.


Requirements for completion of the qualification

The following table provides the packaging rules for this qualification, followed by the list of relevant units of competency.

Successful completion of nine (9) units of competency made up of:

five (5) Core units, and

four (4) elective units of which:

at least two (2) must come from the Group A electives listed below

up to two (2) from the Group B electives listed below, or from AQF level II or III in this, or any other, Training Package or accredited courses

Units of competency chosen must

be relevant to the competency requirements for the job function

reflect the competency profile for the occupation at the enterprise level

in the case of accredited course units of competency, not duplicate in part or in whole any unit from a Training Package.

Care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified within imported units, or units chosen as electives, are complied with.Core units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic RIICOM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic RIIOHS201A

Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures

add topic RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control

And either

add topic RIIQUA201A

Maintain and monitor site quality standards


add topic RIIGOV201A

Comply with site work processes/procedures (Coal)

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIERR205A

Apply initial response first aid

add topic RIIERR302A

Respond to local emergencies and incidents

add topic RIIENV202A

Suppress airborne contaminants

add topic RIIMCO202A

Conduct mobile slew conveyor operations

add topic RIIMEX202A

Install open-cut mine ground support

add topic RIIMEX203B

Break oversize rock

add topic RIIMEX204A

Conduct workboat/barge operations

add topic RIIMPO203A

Support bucket wheel system operations

add topic RIIMPO204A

Conduct conveyor shifting dozer operations

add topic RIIMPO205B

Operate roller/compactor

add topic RIIMPO206B

Conduct bulk water truck operations

add topic RIIMPO208A

Operate support equipment

add topic RIIMPO311A

Conduct haul truck operations

add topic RIIPEO201B

Conduct conveyor operations

add topic RIIPEO202A

Provide deck support for conveyor-car high wall mining operations

add topic RIIPEO203B

Conduct stacker operations

add topic RIIPEO206A

Lay and recover cables and hoses

add topic RIIPRO201A

Conduct crushing operations

add topic RIIPRO202A

Conduct screening and conveying operations

add topic RIIPRO203A

Operate programmable logic control systems

add topic RIIPRO205A

Conduct blending plant operations

add topic RIISAM202A

Isolate and access plant

add topic RIISAM214A

Provide support to electrical tradesperson

add topic RIISRM302B

Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations

add topic RIIVEH201B

Operate light vehicle

add topic RIIWMG201A

Conduct dewatering activities in surface operations

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBITU101A

Operate a personal computer

add topic RIIBEF201B

Plan and organise work

add topic RIIBEF202A

Identify and rectify site operating problems

add topic RIIBLA203B

Conduct mobile mixing of explosives

add topic RIIBLA205A

Store, handle and transport explosives

add topic RIICCM208A

Carry out basic levelling

add topic RIIENV201A

Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns

add topic RIIERR201A

Conduct fire team operations

add topic RIIHAN201A

Operate a forklift

add topic RIIHAN203A

Conduct lifting operations

add topic RIIHAN206A

Transport plant, equipment and personnel

add topic RIIHAN208A

Perform dogging

add topic RIIHAN209A

Perform basic rigging

add topic RIIHAN210A

Perform intermediate rigging operations

add topic RIIHAN211A

Conduct basic scaffolding operations

add topic RIIHAN212A

Conduct non-slewing crane operations

add topic RIIOHS202A

Enter and work in confined spaces

add topic RIIOHS204A

Work safely at heights

add topic RIISAM205A

Cut, weld and bend materials

add topic RIISAM207A

Apply operational maintenance skills

add topic RIISAM208A

Perform plant operational maintenance

add topic RIISAM210A

Remove and fit wheel assemblies

add topic RIISAM211B

Remove, repair and refit tyres and tubes

add topic RIISAM212A

Service mine plant and equipment

add topic RIISAM213A

Position and set up mobile lighting

add topic RIISAM302A

Service and handover plant and machines

add topic RIISTD202A

Collect routine site samples

add topic RIIVEH202A

Operate a medium vehicle

add topic AHCNAR201A

Carry out natural area restoration works

add topic AHCSAW201A

Conduct erosion and sediment control activities

add topic AHCNAR303A

Implement revegetation works

add topic AHCSAW301A

Construct conservation earthworks

add topic TLID2022A

Conduct weighbridge operations


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

The following table includes a summary of the employability skills as identified by the resources and infrastructure industry for this qualification. The table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes required here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


speak clearly and directly

listen carefully to instructions and information

read and interpret work instructions and safety signs

calculate basic weights, distances and volumes

complete incident and maintenance reports

adjust communication style to meet the needs of people with diverse backgrounds


apply teamwork in a range of situations, particularly in a safety context

contribute to the planning and execution of operations

work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race, religion or political persuasion and people with disability

recognise and respond sensitively to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds


adjust work methods in response to changing weather and site conditions

participate in team solutions to safety issues

Initiative and enterprise

independently adapt to changing work conditions or different work areas

identify potential improvements to working practice and conditions

identify and assess risks in the workplace

Planning and organising

manage time and priorities to complete work

identify and obtain appropriate equipment and permits

identify potential hazards and prepare appropriate responses

follow procedures and techniques relevant to the equipment and work being done


take responsibility for planning and organising own work priorities and completing assigned tasks

monitor own performance to ensure work will be completed well and on time

understand the standard of work expected at a work site


be willing to learn new ways of working

seek information to improve performance from people and workplace documents like policies, procedures etc

understand equipment characteristics, technical capabilities, limitations and procedures


use technology to monitor and report on work progress

use communications technology appropriate to the workplace (email, mobile, radio, etc)

operate equipment safely