Certificate III in Mining Exploration

This qualification reflects the role of exploration geological technicians or mining geological technicians who perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of 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 eighteen (18) units of competency made up of:

seven (7) Core units, and

eleven (11) elective units of which:

at least six (6) 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 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 RIIENV201A

Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply First Aid

add topic RIICOM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic RIIOHS201A

Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures

add topic RIIQUA201A

Maintain and monitor site quality standards

add topic RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control

add topic RIISTD202A

Collect routine site samples

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic CPPSIS3006A

Provide field support services

add topic RIICAR301A

Rehabilitate exploration site

add topic RIIEGS201A

Operate in isolated and remote situations

add topic RIIEGS301A

Operate and maintain instruments and field equipment

add topic RIIEGS302A

Plan and undertake field trip

add topic RIIEGS303A

Provide geological field assistance

add topic RIIEGS304A

Mobilise equipment and materials

add topic RIIEGS305B

Navigate in remote or trackless areas

add topic RIIEGS306A

Prepare drill site

add topic RIISTD302A

Process data and maintain accurate records

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic HLTFA402B

Apply advanced first aid

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic RIISAM209A

Carry out operational maintenance

add topic RIISTD301A

Take environmental samples and measurements

add topic RIIVEH305A

Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle


    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