Certificate III in Resource Processing

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as production operators in a metalliferous processing facility or a coal preparation and treatment plant, 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.

Note about regulations: add topic RIIERR302A and add topic RIIGOV201A are Mandatory in NSW

Successful completion of thirteen (13) units of competency made up of:

five (5) Core units, and

eight (8) elective units of which:

at least six (6) must come from the Group A listed below

up to two (2) from the Group B electives listed below or from Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level 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 RIIENV302A

Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic RIICOM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic RIIOHS201A

Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures

add topic RIIRIS301B

Apply risk management processes

And either

add topic RIIQUA201A

Maintain and monitor site quality standards


add topic RIIGOV201A

Comply with site work processes/procedures(Coal sector only, Mandatory in NSW)

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic FPPSTM320A

Manage steam boiler startup

add topic FPPSTM330A

Shut down and bank steam boiler

add topic PMAOPS206B

Operate separation equipment

add topic PMAOPS307B

Transfer bulk fluids into/out of storage facility

add topic PMAOPS330B

Communicate pipeline control centre operations

add topic MSAPMPER300C

Issue work permits

add topic RIICOM301B

Communicate information

add topic RIICOM302A

Communicate workplace information

add topic RIIERR302A

Respond to local emergencies and incidents(Mandatory in Coal sector in NSW)

add topic RIIHAN311A

Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier

add topic RIIMCP301A

Monitor coal preparation plant operations

add topic RIIMPG301A

Control and monitor automated plant/machinery

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 RIIMPO310B

Conduct grader operations

add topic RIIMPO311A

Conduct haul truck operations

add topic RIIMPO331A

Conduct stockpile dozer operations

add topic RIIOHS301A

Conduct safety and health investigation

add topic RIIPBE301A

Conduct calcinations activities

add topic RIIPBE302A

Conduct bacterial oxidation

add topic RIIPBE303B

Conduct filtering process

add topic RIIPBE304B

Conduct heavy media separation

add topic RIIPBE305A

Conduct high tension separation

add topic RIIPBE306A

Conduct leaching process

add topic RIIPBE307A

Conduct pressure oxidation

add topic RIIPBE308B

Conduct thickening and clarifying process

add topic RIIPBE309B

Conduct wet gravity separation

add topic RIIPBE310B

Conduct flotation process

add topic RIIPBE311B

Conduct magnetic separation

add topic RIIPBP301A

Process lime products

add topic RIIPBP302A

Control acid plant operations

add topic RIIPEO201B

Conduct conveyor operations

add topic RIIPEO203B

Conduct stacker operations

add topic RIIPEO205A

Conduct ship loading operations


Operate and monitor ore car dumpers

add topic RIIPGP201A

Conduct pump operations

add topic RIIPGP202A

Handle reagents

add topic RIIPGP301A

Conduct drying activities

add topic RIIPGP302A

Monitor and operate auxiliary plant and equipment

add topic RIIPHA301A

Conduct milling/grinding

add topic RIIPHA302A

Operate and monitor filter processes

add topic RIIPRE301A

Conduct electrowinning/electrorefining operations

add topic RIIPRE302A

Conduct elution processes

add topic RIIPRE303A

Conduct gold room operations

add topic RIIPRE304A

Monitor casting quality

add topic RIIPRO301C

Conduct crushing and screening plant operations

add topic RIIPRO302A

Perform processing control room operations

add topic RIIPSM301A

Cast a blast furnace

add topic RIIPSM302A

Cast ingots

add topic RIIPSM303A

Operate a blast furnace

add topic RIIPSM304A

Operate furnaces

add topic RIIPSM305A

Operate converters

add topic RIIPSM306A

Supply molten metal and additives to furnaces

add topic RIIPSM307A

Control molten metal in holding furnace/vessel

add topic RIIPSM308A

Monitor and maintain furnace gas efficiency

add topic RIIPSM309A

Monitor and maintain flue gas efficiency

add topic RIISAM202A

Isolate and access plant

add topic RIISRM301B

Blend stockpile materials

add topic RIISRM302B

Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations

add topic RIISRM304B

Maintain stockpiles

add topic RIIWBP203B

Monitor tailings dam environment

add topic RIIWMG302A

Reclaim and treat water system

add topic UEPOPS316A

Operate and monitor boiler steam/water cycle

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBPUR301B

Purchase goods and services

add topic BSBRKG304B

Maintain business records

add topic PMAOPS223B

Operate and monitor valve systems

add topic PMAOPS230B

Monitor, operate and maintain pipeline stations and equipment

add topic PMAOPS335A

Conduct pipeline pigging

add topic PMAOPS202B

Operate fluid mixing equipment

add topic PMAOPS205B

Operate heat exchangers

add topic PMAOPS207B

Operate powered separation equipment

add topic PMAOPS208B

Operate chemical separation equipment

add topic PMLOHS301B

Work safely with instruments that emit ionizing radiation

add topic RIIBLA306A

Conduct accretion firing

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 RIIERR308A

Extricate and transport people involved in incidents

add topic RIIHAN305A

Operate a gantry or overhead crane

add topic RIIHAN307A

Operate a vehicle loading crane

add topic RIIMCP202A

Conduct rail dispatch operations

add topic RIIMEX203B

Break oversize rock

add topic RIIMPG201A

Connect and disconnect reefer units

add topic RIIMPO206B

Conduct bulk water truck operations

add topic RIIMPO208A

Operate support equipment

add topic RIIMPO332A

Conduct operations with skid steer loader

add topic RIIOHS202A

Enter and work in confined spaces

add topic RIIOHS204A

Work safely at heights

add topic RIIPBE201A

Conduct aeration process

add topic RIIPBE202A

Conduct digestion process

add topic RIIPBE203A

Conduct precipitation operations

add topic RIIPBE204A

Conduct reduction process

add topic RIIPBE205B

Conduct roasting operations

add topic RIIPBP202A

Conduct air cleaning activities

add topic RIIPEO204A

Conduct shore side mooring operations

add topic RIIPGP201A

Conduct pump operations

add topic RIIPGP204A

Carry out bore-field operations

add topic RIIPHA201A

Operate raw material feed systems

add topic RIIPRE201A

Conduct solvent extraction

add topic RIIPRE202A

Prepare and carry out electrolytic cleaning process

add topic RIIPRE203A

Prepare for sintering activities

add topic RIIPRE204A

Sinter materials

add topic RIIPRO202A

Conduct screening and conveying operations

add topic RIIPRO204A

Bulk package and store product

add topic RIIPRO205A

Conduct blending plant operations

add topic RIIPSM201A

Tap furnaces

add topic RIIPSM202A

Prepare for pelletising activities

add topic RIIPSM203A

Produce pellets

add topic RIISAM214A

Provide support to electrical tradesperson

add topic RIISAM301A

Test operational functions of vehicles and equipment

add topic RIISAM304A

Install, commission and maintain major conveyor equipment and systems

add topic RIISAM305A

Repair and splice conveyor belting

add topic RIISTD301A

Take environmental samples and measurements

add topic RIIVEH201B

Operate light vehicle

add topic RIIVEH302A

Operate multi-combination vehicle

add topic RIIWBP201A

Treat and dispose of rejects and tailings

add topic RIIWBP202A

Distribute tailings

add topic TLIA2009A

Complete and check import/export documentation


    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