Advanced Diploma of Metalliferous Mining

The Advanced Diploma of Metalliferous Mining reflects the role of open cut or underground metalliferous mine managers who perform tasks that are broad, specialised, complex and technical and include strategic areas and initiating activities. They are required to demonstrate self-directed application of theoretical and technical knowledge and initiate solutions to technical problems or management requirements.


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:

Mandatory Units

for Open Cut: eight (8) mandatory units of competency, plus two (2) Technical Management units as listed

for Underground: eight (8) mandatory units of competency, plus three (3) Technical Management units as listed

Elective Units

for Open Cut: four (4) elective units of which all four (4) units are drawn from the specified electives units listed, OR

at least two (2) units are drawn from the specified elective units listed, and

up to two (2) units from elsewhere in this or any other Training Package

for Underground: three (3) elective units, of which all three (3) units are drawn from the specified elective units listed, OR

at least two (2) units are drawn from the specified elective units listed, and

up to one (1) unit, at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, from elsewhere in this or any other Training Package

Units chosen must be relevant to job function.

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

Note: A maximum of two (2) units of competency for Open Cut Mining; and a maximum of one (1) unit of competency for Underground Mining, relevant to the job function, may be drawn from elsewhere in this Training Package, or any other endorsed Training Package.

Mandatory for both Open Cut and Underground

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIBLA602A

Establish and maintain a blasting system

add topic RIIENV601A

Establish and maintain the environmental management system

add topic RIIERR601A

Establish and maintain mine emergency preparedness and response systems

add topic RIIGOV601A

Establish, maintain and develop a statutory compliance management system

add topic RIIOHS601A

Establish and maintain the occupational health and safety management system

add topic RIIRAI601A

Establish and maintain the site infrastructure and fixed plant systems

add topic RIIRIS601A

Establish and maintain the risk management system

add topic RIIUND602A

Establish and maintain mine services systems

Mandatory - Open Cut Mining

Technical Management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIMEX602A

Establish and maintain surface mining ground control and slope stability systems

add topic RIIMEX604A

Establish and maintain surface product haulage and transport systems

Mandatory - Underground Mining

Technical Management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIMEX603A

Establish and maintain underground mining ground control and stable mining systems

add topic RIIRAI612A

Establish and maintain underground product haulage and transport systems

add topic RIIUND601A

Establish and maintain the ventilation management system


Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBINM601A

Manage knowledge and information

add topic BSBMGT605B

Provide leadership across the organisation

add topic BSBMGT608B

Manage innovation and continuous improvement

add topic BSBMGT616A

Develop and implement strategic plans

add topic BSBMGT617A

Develop and implement a business plan

add topic BSBPMG609A

Direct procurement and contracting for a project program

add topic RIIBEF601A

Conduct business negotiations

add topic RIIBEF602A

Establish and evaluate operational performance management systems

add topic RIIBEF603A

Manage decision making process

add topic RIIBEF605A

Resource site plans and objectives

add topic RIILAT601A

Manage group processes

add topic RIIMEX605A

Establish, implement and maintain operational management plans

add topic RIIRAI606A

Establish and maintain mine closure management systems

add topic RIISAM601A

Establish and maintain plant, equipment and infrastructure maintenance system

add topic RIISRM601A

Establish and maintain the stockpile management system

add topic RIIWBP601A

Establish and maintain waste and by-product management system

add topic RIIWMG601A

Establish and maintain water management system


    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


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

provide feedback and advice to staff

lead site-wide planning and coordination activities


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

manage staff to solve problems and coordinate individual responsibilities and activities

work cooperatively with clients to resolve contract and operational issues

manage the 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

lead change and continuous improvement processes

manage 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)

computer technology is used to monitor and communicate project status

use IT to create documents and maintain records of work activities