Certificate IV in Surface Coal Mining (Open Cut Examiner)

This qualification reflects the role of employees working as an open cut examiner in a surface coal mine. They perform tasks involving a broad range of varied activities most of which are complex and non-routine. They are responsible for the quantity and quality of the output of others and contribute to the development of technical solutions to non-routine problems.


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 fourteen (14) units of competency made up of:

nine (9) mandatory units, and

five (5) elective units of which:

at least three (3) must come from the specified electives listed below

up to two (2) from the general electives listed below, or from Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma level from this, or any other Training Package

Units chosen must be relevant to the job function.

Care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified within imported units, or units chosen as electives, are complied with.

Mandatory units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIBLA201A

Support shotfiring operations


add topic RIIBLA301A

Conduct surface shotfiring operations(Mandatory in NSW)

add topic RIIBLA205A

Store, handle and transport explosives

add topic RIIERR401B

Apply and monitor surface operations emergency preparedness and response procedures

add topic RIIMEX405A

Apply and monitor systems and methods of surface coal mining

add topic RIIMPO403A

Monitor interaction of heavy and light vehicles and mining equipment

add topic RIIOHS301A

Conduct safety and health investigations

add topic RIIOHS402A

Examine and maintain mine safety

add topic RIIOHS404A

Implement and monitor health and hygiene management systems

add topic RIIRIS402A

Carry out the risk management processes

Specified electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIBHD301A

Conduct surface blast hole drilling operations

add topic RIIMPO301B

Conduct hydraulic excavator operations

add topic RIIMPO302B

Conduct hydraulic shovel operations

add topic RIIMPO303A

Conduct rope shovel operations

add topic RIIMPO304B

Conduct wheel loader operations

add topic RIIMPO308B

Conduct tracked dozer operations

add topic RIIMPO310A

Conduct grader operations

add topic RIIMPO311A

Conduct haul truck operations

add topic RIIMPO312A

Conduct scraper operations

add topic RIIMPO329A

Conduct dragline operations

General electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBCUS401A

Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

add topic BSBINM401A

Implement workplace information system

add topic BSBINN301A

Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBLED401A

Develop teams and individuals

add topic BSBMGT401A

Show leadership in the workplace

add topic BSBMGT402A

Implement operational plan

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices (Mandatory in NSW)

add topic BSBWOR404A

Develop work priorities

add topic RIICOM301B

Communicate information

add topic RIIERR403A

Lead rescue team

add topic RIIMPO401A

Supervise mobile plant operations

add topic RIIMPO402A

Apply the principles of earthworks construction

add topic TAAASS401C

Plan and organise assessment

add topic TAAASS402C

Assess competence


    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:


provide clear and direct feedback

listen carefully to instructions and information

read and interpret project plans and safety signs

calculate basic weights, distances and volumes

complete accurate work plans, technical reports, risk assessments, etc

negotiate solutions to customer and workplace based issues

negotiate project details with clients

network with other professionals working in the same field

adjust communication style to meet the needs of people with diverse backgrounds


plan and lead team performance and operations

coordinate project activities and timelines with clients

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

provide feedback and advice to staff

participate in site-wide planning and coordination activities


re-allocate staff and resources in response to changing weather, site conditions and priorities

work with staff to solve problems and coordinate team members’ responsibilities and activities

work cooperatively with clients to resolve contract and operational issues

participate in ongoing review and adjustment of operations against performance indicators and project milestones

Initiative and enterprise

act independently to identify potential improvements to working practice and conditions

identify and take steps to resolve risks in the workplace

encourage the exploration and application of innovative approaches to improve on operational performance

Planning and organising

manage and coordinate time and priorities for self and team

identify and obtain appropriate personnel and resources for work

ensure that risks are assessed and appropriate emergency plans are in place

ensure that project planning incorporates the possibility of adapting to future changes


take responsibility for ensuring team targets and goals are achieved

understand the standard of work expected at the work site

proactively manage team performance

develop trust and confidence in staff and customers


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

participate in and, where appropriate, lead change processes

work with staff to create learning and development plans

prepare and lead formal or informal training sessions


apply a range of basic IT skills in monitoring and reporting on systems

operate equipment safely and according to manufacturer and workplace guidelines

use communications technology appropriate to the workplace (email, mobile, radio, etc)

use computer technology to monitor and communicate project status

use IT to create documents and maintain records of work activities