Certificate III in Mine Emergency Response and Rescue

This qualification reflects the role of response and rescue team members who work in a mine site or a construction site, 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 sixteen (16) units of competency made up of:

five (5) Core units, and

eleven (11) elective units of which:

at least nine (9) must come from the Group A electives listed below

up to two (2) units 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 HLTFA301B

Apply First Aid

add topic RIICOM201A

Communicate in the workforce

add topic RIIOHS201A

Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures

add topic RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control

And either

add topic RIIQUA201A

Maintain and monitor site quality standards


add topic RIIGOV201A

Comply with site work processes/procedures (Coal)

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic HLTFA402B

Apply advanced first aid

add topic PMAOHS211B

Prepare equipment for emergency response

add topic PMAOMIR444B

Develop incident containment tactics

add topic PUAAMS007B

Coordinate search and rescue operations

add topic PUAFIR207B

Operate breathing apparatus open circuit

add topic PUAFIR306B

Render hazardous materials incidents safe

add topic PUAFIR307B

Monitor hazardous atmospheres

add topic PUASAR024A

Undertake road crash rescue

add topic PUASAR032A

Undertake vertical rescue

add topic PUASAR025A

Undertake confined space rescue

add topic PUASAR027A

Undertake land search rescue

add topic RIIERR201A

Conduct fire team operations

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 RIIRIS301B

Apply risk management processes


    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