Certificate II in Underground Coal Mining

This qualification reflects the role of an individual working as an operator in an underground coal mine, who performs a range of mainly routine tasks using limited practical skills and fundamental operational knowledge, in a defined context working under direct supervision.


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 ten (10) units of competency made up of:

five (5) Core units, and

five (5) elective units of which:

at least four (4) must come from the Group A electives listed below

up to one (1) from the Group B electives listed below, or from AQF level II or III in this, or any other, Training Package

Units of competency chosen must be relevant to the competency requirements for the job function.

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 RIICOM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic RIIERR203B

Escape from hazardous situation unaided

add topic RIIOHS201A

Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedues

add topic RIIGOV201A

Comply with site work processes/procedures

add topic RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIERR205A

Apply initial response first aid

add topic RIIMCU201A

Operate power tram

add topic RIIMCU202A

Conduct tracked vehicle/plant operations

add topic RIIMCU203A

Conduct wheeled vehicle operations (non-articulated)

add topic RIIMCU204A

Conduct wheeled vehicle operations (articulated)

add topic RIIMCU205A

Conduct rotational drilling

add topic RIIMCU206A

Install, maintain and recover gas drainage systems

add topic RIIMCU207A

Install, maintain and recover electrical services

add topic RIIMCU208A

Conduct basic strata control operations

add topic RIIMCU209A

Conduct roadway maintenance

add topic RIIMCU210A

Conduct stonedusting operations

add topic RIIMCU211A

Install and maintain explosion barriers

add topic RIIMCU212A

Construct and maintain basic ventilation devices

add topic RIIMCU213A

Conduct feeder breaker operations

add topic RIIMCU214A

Conduct face ventilation operations

add topic RIIMCU215A

Operate longwall ancillary equipment

add topic RIIMCU216A

Maintain lamp cabin operations

add topic RIIMCU402A

Apply spontaneous combustion management measures

add topic RIIMPO208A

Operate support equipment

add topic RIIMPO307B

Conduct wheel grader operations in underground mines

add topic RIINHB304B

Conduct air drilling

add topic RIIPEO202A

Provide deck support for conveyor-car high wall mining operations

add topic RIIPEO208A

Extend, retract and maintain conveyor componentry

add topic RIIUND201A

Install, maintain and recover reticulation systems

add topic RIIUND206A

Install hand held underground ground support

add topic RIIUND207A

Conduct underground lifting operations

add topic RIIUND208A

Conduct skip operations

add topic RIIUND209A

Operate automated winder

add topic RIIUND301A

Operate manual winder

add topic RIIUND302A

Conduct cage operations

add topic RIIUND303A

Operate winder for shaft sinking

add topic RIIWMG202A

Conduct dewatering activities in underground mining operations

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBITU101A

Operate a personal computer

add topic BSBPUR301B

Purchase goods and services

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic ICAU3126B

Use advanced features of computer applications

add topic RIIBLA202B

Support underground shotfiring operations

add topic RIIERR201A

Conduct fire team operations

add topic RIIERR204A

Provide aided rescue to endangered personnel

add topic RIIERR302A

Respond to local emergencies and incidents

add topic RIIHAN201A

Operate a forklift

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 RIIHAN301B

Operate elevating work platform

add topic RIIHAN302A

Conduct intermediate scaffolding operations

add topic RIIHAN305A

Operate a gantry or overhead crane

add topic RIIHAN307A

Operate a vehicle loading crane

add topic RIIOHS203A

Maintain amenities

add topic RIIQUA201A

Maintain and monitor site quality standards

add topic RIISAM205A

Cut, weld and bend materials

add topic RIISAM207A

Apply operational maintenance skills

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 RIISAM214A

Provide support to electrical tradesperson

add topic RIISAM301A

Test operational functions of vehicles and equipment

add topic RIISAM311A

Maintain winder equipment

add topic RIISAM312A

Inspect and maintain shafts and structures

add topic RIISAM313A

Monitor, inspect and service ropes and attachments

add topic RIIVEH201B

Operate light vehicle

add topic RIIVEH202A

Operate a medium vehicle

add topic RIIVEH301A

Conduct rail haulage 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