Certificate III in Underground Coal Operations

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as production operators in an underground coal mine, 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 sixteen (16) units of competency made up of:

six (6) Core units, and

ten (10) elective units of which:

at least five (5) must come from the Group A electives listed below

up to five (5) from the Group B electives listed below

up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level II, III or IV from 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 RIICOM302A

Communicate workplace information

add topic RIIERR201A

Conduct fire team operations

add topic RIIGOV201A

Comply with site work processes/procedures

add topic RIIMCU208A

Conduct basic strata control operations

add topic RIIMCU214A

Conduct face ventilation operations

add topic RIIRIS301B

Apply risk management processes

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIMCU209A

Conduct roadway maintenance

add topic RIIMCU301A

Conduct specialised strata control operations

add topic RIIMCU302A

Construct and maintain ventilation devices

add topic RIIMCU303A

Conduct continuous miner operations

add topic RIIMCU304A

Conduct shuttle car operations

add topic RIIMCU305A

Conduct outburst mining operations

add topic RIIMCU306A

Conduct shearer operations

add topic RIIMCU307A

Conduct longwall face equipment operations

add topic RIIMCU308A

Install and recover longwall equipment

add topic RIIMCU309A

Operate breaker line supports

add topic RIIMCU310A

Conduct flexible conveyor train (FCT) operations

add topic RIIMCU311A

Monitor control processes

add topic RIIMCU401A

Conduct special roadway operations

add topic RIIMCU402A

Apply spontaneous combustion management measures

add topic RIINHB304B

Conduct air drilling

add topic RIINHB310A

Conduct surface directional drilling

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIBLA302A

Conduct shotfiring operations in underground coal mines

add topic RIICOM301B

Communicate information

add topic RIIENV301A

Conduct atmospheric monitoring

add topic RIIERR203B

Escape from hazardous situation unaided

add topic RIIERR204A

Provide aided rescue to endangered personnel

add topic RIIERR205A

Apply initial response first aid

add topic RIIERR301A

Respond to mine incident

add topic RIIERR302A

Respond to local emergencies and incidents

add topic RIIERR303A

Operate in self-contained regenerative oxygen breathing apparatus

add topic RIIERR304A

Control emergencies and critical situations

add topic RIIERR305A

Control underground fires

add topic RIIERR306A

Conduct underground search

add topic RIIERR307A

Extricate casualties from underground incident

add topic RIIERR308A

Extricate and transport people involved in incidents

add topic RIIERR309A

Establish and operate from fresh air base

add topic RIIERR310A

Provide support for rescue operations

add topic RIIHAN304A

Conduct slewing crane operations

add topic RIIOHS301A

Conduct safety and health investigations

add topic RIIPEO202A

Provide deck support for conveyor-car high wall mining operations

add topic RIIPEO301A

Conduct conveyor-car high wall mining operations

add topic RIISAM304A

Install, commission and maintain major conveyor equipment and systems

add topic RIISAM305A

Repair and splice conveyor belting

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 RIIUND205A

Respond to a workforce incident

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


    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

identifies and comprehends relevant mathematical information in familiar activities or texts

selects and uses appropriate familiar mathematical problem-solving strategies to solve problems in familiar contexts

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