Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as mine supervisor, team leader or deputy, in an underground coal mine who 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, contribute to the development of technical solutions to non-routine problems and apply safety management plans to the workplace.


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 RIIMCU406A is Mandatory in NSW.

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

nine (9) mandatory units, and

four (4) elective units of which:

at least one (1) must come from the specified electives listed below

up to three (3) from the general electives listed below

up to one (1) unit may come 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 RIIBLA202B

Support underground shotfiring operations(minimum requirement in Queensland)


add topic RIIBLA302A

Conduct shotfiring operations in underground coal mines(Mandatory in NSW)

add topic RIIERR402A

Apply and monitor underground coal mine emergency preparedness and response systems

add topic RIIMCU403A

Apply and monitor the gas management plan

add topic RIIMCU407A

Apply and monitor the strata management plan

add topic RIIMCU408A

Apply the spontaneous combustion management plan

add topic RIIMEX406A

Apply and monitor mine transport system and production equipment

add topic RIIRAI401A

Apply and monitor mine services and infrastructure systems

add topic RIIRIS402A

Carry out the risk management processes

add topic RIIUND401B

Apply and monitor the ventilation management plan

Specified electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIMCU303A

Conduct continuous miner operations

add topic RIIMCU304A

Conduct shuttle car operations

add topic RIIMCU305A

Conduct outburst mining operations

add topic RIIMCU306A

Conduct shearer operations

add topic RIIMCU307A

Conduct longwall face equipment operations

add topic RIIMCU401A

Conduct special roadway operations

add topic RIIMCU404A

Apply and monitor the gas drainage management plan

add topic RIIMCU405A

Apply and monitor the outburst management plan

add topic RIIMCU406A

Apply and monitor the inrush management plan (Mandatory in NSW)

add topic RIIUND304A

Recover equipment

General electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBCUS401A

Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

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 BSBMGT403A

Implement continuous improvement

add topic BSBOHS407A

Monitor a safe workplace

add topic BSBWOR404A

Develop work priorities

add topic RIICOM301B

Communicate information

add topic RIIERR403A

Lead rescue team

add topic RIIOHS301A

Conduct safety and health investigations


    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