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Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations

National ID: RII40115 | State ID: AZD4


This qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to lead and supervise operations involved in the extraction of materials in an open cut mining operation. You will learn skills in mine management, safety coordination, and supervision. You will also develop skills to lead, guide and organize work teams, and contribute to technical solutions.

The preferred pathway into this qualification is formal supervision 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. The most significant assessment tool we use is our on-site practical demonstration. 

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

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

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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.

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Further study opportunities:

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
Communicate Information RIICOM301D WH100
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices BSBSUS301 AUI33
Apply site risk management system RIIRIS401D WH647
Apply, monitor and report on compliance systems RIIGOV401D WH292

Module Group Group A Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements BSBWHS401 AUL17
Examine and maintain mine safety RIIWHS402D WH758

Module Group Group B Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Apply and monitor systems and methods of surface coal mining RIIMEX405D WH387
Apply and monitor surface operations emergency preparedness and response systems RIIERR401D WH281
Monitor interaction of heavy and light vehicles and mining equipment RIIMPO403D WH445
Supervise processing operations RIIPRO401D WH599
Supervise recycled materials operations RIIPRO402D WH600
Apply and monitor the site stockpile management plan RIISRM401D WH692
Apply and monitor site waste and by-products management plan RIIWBP401D WH746
Respond to local emergencies and incidents RIIERR302D WH271
Apply and monitor the site water management plan RIIWMG401D WH769
Manage blasting operations RIIBLA401D WH031
Supervise dredging operations RIIMEX402D WH384
Supervise rehabilitation operations RIICAR401D WH037
Supervise blast hole drilling operations RIIBHD401D WH017
Apply and monitor systems for stable mining RIIMEX404D WH386
Apply pit plan RIIMEX401D WH383
Supervise mobile plant operations RIIMPO401D WH443

Module Group Group C Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Develop teams and individuals BSBLED401 AUL82
Develop work priorities BSBWOR404 AUJ35
Implement workplace information system BSBINM401 AUI60
Market the small business BSBSMB403 AUL85
Show leadership in the workplace BSBMGT401 AUK93
Implement operational plan BSBMGT402 AUI61
Apply site plant, equipment and infrastructure maintenance management plan RIISAM401D WH680
Apply a quality management system on site RIIQUA401D WH617
Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies BSBCUS401 AUK67
Report on financial activity BSBFIA402 AUH67
Supervise operation of electrical equipment and installations RIISAM402D WH681
Use advanced features of computer applications ICTICT308 AUU37
Undertake small business planning BSBSMB404 AUH57
Plan small business finances BSBSMB402 AUH17
Develop and maintain positive community relations RIICCR401D WH089
Contribute to assessment TAEASS301B S7786
Monitor and control the effects of blasting on the environment RIIBLA402D WH032
Conduct surface shotfiring operations RIIBLA301D WH024
Plan assessment activities and processes TAEASS401B S7787
Participate in assessment validation TAEASS403B S7788
Provide work skill instruction TAEDEL301A WA870
Assess competence TAEASS402B S7805
Manage and coordinate spill response RIIRIS403D WH649
Conduct fire team operations RIIERR201D WH265
Supervise dust and noise control RIIENV401D WH260
Supervise work in confined spaces RIIWHS401D WH757
Conduct safety and health investigations RIIWHS301D WH755
Lead rescue team RIIERR403D WH283
Apply risk management processes RIIRIS301D WH646
Provide support for rescue operations RIIERR310D WH279
Respond to mine incident RIIERR301D WH270

Module Group Group D Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Provide first aid HLTAID003 WG732
Apply initial response First Aid RIIERR205D WH269

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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