National ID: RII20215 | State ID: AZC3


This Qualification reflects the role of individuals working as an operator on sites such as a quarry or an open cut metalliferous mine, undertaking a prescribed range of tasks involving known routines and procedures, and taking some responsibility for the quality of work outcomes. (Note that completion of some units of competency may require employment in the industry or relevant site based work experience). 

The preferred pathway into this qualification is formal mine site experience of at least one year in the open pit area. You must have a good understanding of the English language as course material is only available in English. You must be able to read, write and interpret documents as you will be required to complete assessment tasks such as short/long answer questions.

Please note that you must be employed as a mine operator in the mining department on mine sites to enrol and complete this qualification.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

Course overview

Course details

Course Overview

Where Carlisle
How Flexible
Part Time
Short Course (Face To Face)
When This course is available for Semester 1, 2017.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

These fees are estimates only for students enrolling in government funded courses on a full time basis.

The indicative fees for a course may differ between training providers due to the units they have included in the course outline. These differences generally result from adapting courses to meet local industry needs. The actual cost of a course will also vary if different electives are chosen by the student.

Nominal hours are not hours of training or instruction. They are used to determine course fees and subsidy levels to reflect the cost to deliver quality training.

Other charges may apply.

Indicative Tuition Fees in 2017

VET Student Loans 

Students in an eligible diploma qualifications and above may be assisted through a loan under the Commonwealth Government's VET Student Loan scheme. For more information on entrance requirements and eligible course list please see www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans 

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International students

Fees, charges, available locations, applications, and enrolment procedures for international students are different to those applicable to local students.

International students can only study full-time.

For information on international student fees and application, please follow this link to the  TAFE International WA website 

Module Group Core Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures RIIWHS201D WH750
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices BSBSUS201 AUK77
Communicate in the workplace RIICOM201D WH099
Conduct local risk control RIIRIS201D WH644

Module Group Group A Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Maintain and monitor site quality standards RIIQUA201D WH616
Comply with site work processes/procedures RIIGOV201D WH291

Module Group Group B Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Conduct belly dump truck operations RIIMPO336D WH440
Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations RIISRM302D WH689
Conduct conveyor shifting dozer operations RIIMPO204D WH402
Operate light vehicle RIIVEH201D WH733
Conduct rigid haul truck operations RIIMPO338D WH442
Conduct articulated haul truck operations RIIMPO337D WH441
Apply initial response First Aid RIIERR205D WH269
Conduct mobile slew conveyor operations RIIMCO202D WH324
Install open-cut mine ground support RIIMEX202D WH378
Operate programmable logic control systems RIIPRO203D WH593
Provide deck support for conveyor-car high wall mining operations RIIPEO202D WH562
Conduct workboat/barge operations RIIMEX204D WH380
Conduct conveyor operations RIIPEO201D WH561
Operate roller/compactor RIIMPO205D WH403
Conduct blending plant operations RIIPRO205D WH595
Lay and recover cables and hoses RIIPEO206D WH566
Support bucket wheel system operations RIIMPO203D WH401
Conduct dewatering activities in surface operations RIIWMG201D WH764
Suppress airborne contaminants RIIENV202D WH257
Conduct stacker operations RIIPEO203D WH563
Conduct screening and conveying operations RIIPRO202D WH592
Provide support to electrical tradesperson RIISAM214D WH664
Conduct crushing operations RIIPRO201D WH591
Conduct mobile mixing of explosives RIIBLA203D WH021
Respond to local emergencies and incidents RIIERR302D WH271
Break oversize rock RIIMEX203D WH379
Isolate and access plant RIISAM202D WH653
Conduct bulk water truck operations RIIMPO206D WH404

Module Group Group C Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Operate a personal computer BSBITU101 AUL79
Operate a forklift RIIHAN201D WH295
Conduct erosion and sediment control activities AHCSAW201A D7234
Remove, repair and refit tyres and tubes RIISAM211D WH661
Implement revegetation works AHCNAR303A D7061
Perform plant operational maintenance RIISAM208D WH658
Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity) TLILIC3006A D5249
Conduct weighbridge operations TLID2022A D5073
Carry out natural area restoration works AHCNAR201A D7057
Construct conservation earthworks AHCSAW301A D7235
Store, handle and transport explosives RIIBLA205D WH023
Work effectively with diversity BSBDIV301 AUI02
Work safely at heights RIIWHS204D WH753
Carry out basic levelling RIICCM208D WH084
Cut, weld and bend materials RIISAM205D WH656
Service mine plant and equipment RIISAM212D WH662
Position and set up mobile lighting RIISAM213D WH663
Respond to site based spills RIIRIS202D WH645
Conduct non-slewing crane operations RIIHAN212D WH306
Conduct lifting operations RIIHAN203D WH297
Perform basic rigging RIIHAN209D WH303
Apply operational maintenance skills RIISAM207D WH657
Service and handover plant and machines RIISAM302D WH667
Enter and work in confined spaces RIIWHS202D WH751
Plan and organise work RIIBEF201D WH001
Perform dogging RIIHAN208D WH302
Transport plant, equipment and personnel RIIHAN206D WH300
Conduct fire team operations RIIERR201D WH265
Perform intermediate rigging operations RIIHAN210D WH304
Identify and rectify site operating problems RIIBEF202D WH002
Licence to perform rigging intermediate level CPCCLRG3002A W9427
Remove and fit wheel assemblies RIISAM210D WH660
Conduct basic scaffolding operations RIIHAN211D WH305
Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level CPCCLSF2001A W9429
Licence to perform dogging CPCCLDG3001A W9423
Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns RIIENV201D WH256
Collect routine site samples RIISTD202D WH697
Licence to perform rigging basic level CPCCLRG3001A W9426
Licence to operate a forklift truck TLILIC2001A D5241

To apply for a short course please register your interest by using the web-form provided on the right-hand side of this page. Alternatively you can talk to us on 1800 001 001. 

Please note: All enrolling students will require a Unique Student Identifier number.

Entrance Requirements

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF

South Metropolitan TAFE maintains strong relationships with a number of universities. On completion of diploma and advanced diploma courses, students may be eligible for credit towards a South Metropolitan TAFE associate degree or higher education diploma, or a bachelor degree at one of our university partners. For details of our university pathway options, visit our Uni Pathways page.

Please note: Different university entrance arrangements may apply to international students. For further details please contact the individual Universities directly.

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