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.


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 thirteen (13) units of competency made up of:

five (5) mandatory units, and

eight (8) elective units of which:

at least three (3) must come from the specified electives listed below

up to three (3) from the general electives listed below

up to two (2) from Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level from this, or any other Training Package

Units chosen must be relevant to the job function.

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

The unit add topic RIICOM301B is part of the Communicate information S1, S2, S3 suite of competencies required in Queensland for supervisors in the coal sector.

Mandatory 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 RIIRIS301A

Apply risk management processes

add topic RIICOM301B

Communicate information


add topic RIICOM302A

Communicate workplace information (except Coal)

And either

add topic RIIGOV201A

Comply with site work processes/procedures (Coal)


add topic RIIQUA201A

Maintain and monitor site quality standards

Specified electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MSAPMPER300B

Issue work permits

add topic RIIBHD301A

Conduct surface blast hole drilling operations

add topic RIIBHD304A

Set up and prepare for open cut drilling operations

add topic RIIBLA301A

Conduct surface shotfiring operations

add topic RIIMCO301A

Conduct control centre operations

add topic RIIMCO302A

Conduct surface miner operations

add topic RIIMCO303A

Conduct auger miner operations

add topic RIIMEX301A

Conduct dredging operations

add topic RIIMEX302B

Assess ground conditions

add topic RIIMPG301A

Control and monitor automated plant/machinery

add topic RIIMPO206A

Conduct bulk water truck operations

add topic RIIMPO301B

Conduct hydraulic excavator operations

add topic RIIMPO302B

Conduct hydraulic shovel operations

add topic RIIMPO303A

Conduct rope shovel operations

add topic RIIMPO304B

Conduct wheel loader operations

add topic RIIMPO305B

Conduct coal stockpile dozer operations

add topic RIIMPO306A

Operate plant/machinery on live stockpiles

add topic RIIMPO308B

Conduct tracked dozer operations

add topic RIIMPO309A

Conduct wheeled dozer operations

add topic RIIMPO310A

Conduct grader operations

add topic RIIMPO311A

Conduct haul truck operations

add topic RIIMPO312A

Conduct scraper operations

add topic RIIMPO313B

Conduct face loading operations

add topic RIIMPO329A

Conduct dragline operations

add topic RIIMPO331A

Conduct stockpile dozer operations

add topic RIINHB307B

Conduct conventional core drilling

add topic RIIPEO301A

Conduct conveyor-car high wall mining operations

add topic RIIPRO301B

Conduct crushing and screening plant operations

add topic RIIPRO302A

Perform process control room operations

add topic RIIPRO303A

Conduct sand wash plant operations

add topic RIISAM202A

Isolate and access plant

add topic RIISAM301A

Test operational functions of vehicles and equipment

add topic RIISRM301B

Blend stockpile materials

add topic RIISRM302B

Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations

add topic RIISRM303B

Move and position materials to form stockpiles

add topic RIISRM304B

Maintain stockpiles

add topic RIIVEH201B

Operate light vehicle

add topic RIIVEH307A

Operate heavy rigid vehicle

General electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBINN301A

Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBPUR301B

Purchase goods and services

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

add topic PMLDATA400A

Process and interpret data

add topic PMLOHS301B

Work safely with instruments that emit ionizing radiation

add topic PMLORG301A

Plan and conduct laboratory/field work

add topic PMLTEST300B

Perform basic tests

add topic RIIBEF302A

Monitor site production activities

add topic RIIBLA201A

Support shotfiring operations

add topic RIIBLA205A

Store, handle and transport explosives

add topic RIIBLA304A

Conduct underground production shotfiring

add topic RIIBLA305A

Conduct secondary blasting

add topic RIIBLA306A

Conduct accretion firing

add topic RIIBLA307A

Conduct blast survey

add topic RIICRC310A

Construct and maintain roads

add topic RIIERR301A

Respond to mine incident

add topic RIIERR302A

Respond to local emergencies and incidents

add topic RIIERR308A

Extricate and transport people involved in incidents

add topic RIIERR310A

Provide support for rescue operations

add topic RIIHAN208A

Perform dogging

add topic RIIHAN301B

Operate elevating work platforms

add topic RIIHAN302A

Conduct intermediate scaffolding operations

add topic RIIHAN304A

Conduct slewing crane operations

add topic RIIHAN305A

Operate a gantry or overhead crane

add topic RIIHAN306A

Carry out lifting using multiple cranes

add topic RIIHAN307A

Operate a vehicle loading crane

add topic RIIHAN311A

Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier

add topic RIIMPO206A

Conduct bulk water truck operations

add topic RIIOHS301A

Conduct safety and health investigations

add topic RIIPEO206A

Lay and recover cables and hoses

add topic RIISAM303A

Shut down dredge for operator maintenance

add topic RIISAM304A

Install, commission and maintain major conveyor equipment and systems

add topic RIISAM305A

Repair and splice conveyor belting

add topic RIISAM306A

Service and maintain conveyors, feeders and hoppers

add topic RIISAM307A

Service and maintain crushers

add topic RIISAM308A

Service and maintain screens

add topic RIISAM309A

Service and maintain pumps

add topic RIISTD301A

Take environmental samples and measurements

add topic RIIVEH302A

Operate multi-combination vehicle

add topic RIIVEH303A

Drive heavy combination vehicle

add topic RIIVEH306A

Operate mine services vehicle

add topic RTD3034A

Implement revegetation works

add topic RTD3205A

Construct conservation earthworks

add topic TLIC407D

Drive heavy rigid vehicle

add topic TLID2207C

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