Certificate II in Mining Field/Exploration Operations

This qualification reflects the role of an employee working in a mining exploration team or working as a pit technician, who undertakes a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and who takes 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 fourteen (14) units of competency made up of:

ten (10) 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

up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level II or III level in this, or any other Training Package or accredited course.

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 RIIOHS201A

Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures

add topic RIIENV201A

Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

add topic RIICOM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic RIIEGS201A

Operate in isolated and remote situations

add topic RIIEGS202B

Conduct field work

add topic RIIQUA201A

Maintain and monitor site quality standards

add topic RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control

add topic RIISTD202A

Collect routine site samples

add topic RIIVEH305A

Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic CPPSIS3006A

Provide field support services

add topic AHCNAR303A

Carry out natural area restoration works

add topic RIIEGS301A

Operate and maintain instruments and field equipment

add topic RIIEGS304A

Mobilise equipment and materials

add topic RIIEGS305B

Navigate in a remote or trackless areas

add topic AHCSAW201A

Conduct erosion and sediment control activities

add topic AHCNAR303A

Implement revegetation works

add topic AHCSAW301A

Construct conservation earthworks

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBITU101A

Operate a personal computer

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic HLTFA402B

Apply advanced first aid


    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