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Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations – RII30120

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as production operators in an open cut mine or quarry, who perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.


The qualification will also enhance skills of learners wishing to apply for work in the mining sector.
Delivery of some electives is dependent on availability of trainers, machinery and sites.

Delivery of this qualification usually takes a minimum of 5 weeks (full time) and up to 6 months depending on how it is delivered (e.g. full time or part-time work based).

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:
Total number of units = 13
3 core unit plus
10 elective units of which:

Core units of competency:

  • RIIENV201E Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns
  • RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes
  • RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

Elective units of competency:

  • one (1) must be chosen from Group A
  • one (1) must be chosen from Group B
  • at least three (3) must be chosen from Group C
  • no more than (3) may be chosen from Group D
  • no more than (2) may be chosen from within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must reflect current occupational and learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level.

Electives can be chosen from the following groups:

Group A
Unit code Unit title
RIICOM301E Communicate information
RIICOM302D Communicate workplace information
Group B
Unit code Unit title
RIIGOV201E Comply with site work processes/procedures
RIIQUA201E Maintain and monitor site quality standards
Group C
Unit code Unit title
RIIMEX302D Assess ground conditions
RIIMPO301E Conduct hydraulic excavator operations
RIIMPO302E Conduct hydraulic shovel operations
RIIMPO304E Conduct wheel loader operations
RIIMPO319E Conduct backhoe/loader operations
RIIMPO334E Conduct skid steer loader operations using attachments
RIIMPO335E Conduct skid steer loader operations without attachments
RIISAM301F Test operational functions of vehicles and equipment
RIIVEH201E Operate a light vehicle
RIIVEH305F Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle
Group D
Unit code Unit title
CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
RIIERR301E Respond to work site incidents
RIIERR302E Respond to local emergencies and incidents
RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform
RIIHAN305D Operate a gantry or overhead crane
RIIHAN307E Operate a vehicle loading crane
RIIHAN311F Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier
RIIWHS301E Conduct safety and health investigations
TLILIC0005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)


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