Certificate III in Small Mining Operations

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in an underground or open cut soft rock small mine, such as an opal mine. They perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgment 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 fifteen (15) units of competency made up of:

three (3) Core units, and

twelve (12) elective units of which:

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

up to seven (7) from the Group B electives listed below

up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level II, III or 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 RIICOM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic RIIOHS201A

Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedues

add topic RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIICAR302A

Rehabilitate small mine site

add topic RIIMEX201A

Suppress dust in open-cut environment

add topic RIIMEX203B

Break oversize rock

add topic RIIMEX302B

Assess ground conditions

add topic RIIMPO301C

Conduct hydraulic excavator operations

add topic RIIMPO304B

Conduct wheel loader operations

add topic RIIMPO311A

Conduct haul truck operations

add topic RIIMPO314A

Operate small open cut mine equipment

add topic RIIMSM301A

Establish a mining claim

add topic RIIMSM302A

Plan small mine operations

add topic RIIMSM303A

Install underground shaft

add topic RIIMSM304A

Inspect small mines operations

add topic RIIMSM305A

Conduct materials extraction operations underground

add topic RIIMSM306A

Design and maintain pillar system and ground control

add topic RIIMSM307A

Install and maintain ventilation systems and equipment

add topic RIISRM303B

Move and position materials to form stockpiles

add topic RIISRM304B

Maintain stockpiles

add topic RIIUMM201A

Install ground support

add topic RIIUMM203A

Prepare and perform manual scaling operations

add topic AHCNAR201A

Carry out natural area restoration works

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 HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

add topic RIIENV201A

Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns

add topic RIIERR302A

Respond to local emergencies and incidents

add topic RIIHAN203A

Conduct lifting operations

add topic RIIHAN208A

Perform dogging

add topic RIIHAN209A

Perform basic rigging

add topic RIIOHS204A

Work safely at heights

add topic RIIPEO201B

Conduct conveyor operations

add topic RIIRIS301B

Apply risk management processes

add topic RIISAM207A

Apply operational maintenance skills

add topic RIISAM212A

Service mine plant and equipment

add topic RIISAM213A

Position and set up mobile lighting

add topic RIISAM310A

Install and commission small mine plant, machinery and services


    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