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Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

National ID: RII30115 | State ID: AZE5


This qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in the mining operation. You will learn about work safety and communication, workplace risk control, quality work outcomes, planning and work organisation. You will also learn skills in identification of environment/heritage concerns and rehabilitation of mine sites (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 two years 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 all-rounder, or leading hand supervisor in the mining department on mine sites to enrol and complete this qualification.

Some or all of this course is available via flexible study.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

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Further study opportunities:

Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations

Course overview

Course details

Course Overview

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

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Further study opportunities:

Certificate IV 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

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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
Apply risk management processes RIIRIS301D WH646
Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns RIIENV201D WH256

Module Group Group A Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Communicate workplace information RIICOM302D WH101
Communicate Information RIICOM301D WH100

Module Group Group B Elective Units

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

Module Group Group C Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations RIISRM302D WH689
Conduct surface blast hole drilling operations RIIBHD301D WH012
Conduct belly dump truck operations RIIMPO336D WH440
Operate plant/machinery on live stockpiles RIIMPO306D WH412
Conduct wheel loader operations RIIMPO304D WH410
Set up and prepare for open-cut drilling operations RIIBHD304D WH015
Conduct hydraulic shovel operations RIIMPO302D WH408
Conduct sand wash plant operations RIIPRO303D WH598
Assess ground conditions RIIMEX302D WH382
Conduct crushing and screening plant operations RIIPRO301D WH596
Operate light vehicle RIIVEH201D WH733
Blend stockpile materials RIISRM301D WH688
Conduct articulated haul truck operations RIIMPO337D WH441
Conduct rope shovel operations RIIMPO303D WH409
Conduct auger miner operations RIIMCO303D WH327
Conduct dredging operations RIIMEX301D WH381
Conduct bulk water truck operations RIIMPO206D WH404
Conduct down-hole hammer drilling RIIBHD305D WH016
Conduct control centre operations RIIMCO301D WH325
Isolate and access plant RIISAM202D WH653
Conduct hydraulic excavator operations RIIMPO301D WH407
Maintain stockpiles RIISRM304D WH691
Conduct rigid haul truck operations RIIMPO338D WH442
Conduct surface shotfiring operations RIIBLA301D WH024
Issue work permits MSAPMPER300C D3654
Conduct face loader operations RIIMPO313D WH418
Conduct surface miner operations RIIMCO302D WH326
Conduct operations with stockpile dozer RIIMPO331D WH436
Move and position materials to form stockpiles RIISRM303D WH690
Control and monitor automated plant/machinery RIIMPG301D WH398
Conduct bucket-wheel operations RIIMPO330D WH435
Perform process control room operations RIIPRO302D WH597
Conduct scraper operations RIIMPO312D WH417
Conduct dragline operations RIIMPO329D WH434
Conduct conveyor-car high wall mining operations RIIPEO301D WH569

Module Group Group D Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Licence to operate a bridge and gantry crane TLILIC3003A D5247
Licence to drive a heavy combination vehicle TLILIC3017B WG239
Licence to drive a heavy rigid vehicle TLILIC2016B WG238
Provide first aid HLTAID003 WG732
Conduct weighbridge operations TLID2022A D5073
Licence to drive a multi combination vehicle TLILIC3018B WG240
Conduct intermediate scaffolding operations RIIHAN302D WH309
Support shotfiring operations RIIBLA201D WH019
Respond to local emergencies and incidents RIIERR302D WH271
Conduct secondary blasting RIIBLA305D WH028
Construct and maintain roads RIICRC310D WH126
Service and maintain crushers RIISAM307D WH672
Work effectively with diversity BSBDIV301 AUI02
Repair and splice conveyor belting RIISAM305D WH670
Carry out lifting using multiple cranes RIIHAN306D WH312
Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above) TLILIC0012A D5240
Extricate and transport people involved in incidents RIIERR308D WH277
Operate multi-combination vehicle RIIVEH302D WH737
Operate a gantry or overhead crane RIIHAN305D WH311
Service and maintain pumps RIISAM309D WH674
Respond to site based spills RIIRIS202D WH645
Provide support for rescue operations RIIERR310D WH279
Store, handle and transport explosives RIIBLA205D WH023
Monitor site production activities RIIBEF302D WH004
Lay and recover cables and hoses RIIPEO206D WH566
Promote innovation in a team environment BSBINN301 AUL02
Operate elevating work platform RIIHAN301D WH308
Respond to mine incident RIIERR301D WH270
Conduct safety and health investigations RIIWHS301D WH755
Service and maintain screens RIISAM308D WH673
Conduct a blast survey RIIBLA307D WH030
Take environmental samples and measurements RIISTD301D WH698
Conduct accretion firing RIIBLA306D WH029
Perform dogging RIIHAN208D WH302
Operate a vehicle loading crane RIIHAN307D WH313
Service and maintain conveyors, feeders and hoppers RIISAM306D WH671
Operate mine service vehicle RIIVEH306D WH741
Conduct slewing crane operations RIIHAN304D WH310
Shutdown dredge for operator maintenance RIISAM303D WH668
Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes) TLILIC3008A D5251
Install, commission and maintain major conveyor equipment and systems RIISAM304D WH669
Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more) TLILIC2005A D5243
Drive heavy rigid vehicle TLIC3004A D5026
Implement revegetation works AHCNAR303A D7061
Purchase goods and services BSBPUR301 AUH11
Process and interpret data MSL924001A WA671
Licence to perform dogging CPCCLDG3001A W9423
Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level CPCCLSF3001A W9430
Work safely with instruments that emit ionising radiation MSL943001A WA688
Perform basic tests MSL973001A WA705
Plan and conduct laboratory/field work MSL913002A WA661
Construct conservation earthworks AHCSAW301A D7235

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

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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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