Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations - RII30115

Box Hill Institute, TAFE VIC

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 02411J

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.Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the qualification.


  • 13 units: 3 core
  • 10 elective


  • Service and maintain crushers
  • Promote innovation in a team environment
  • Conduct weighbridge operations
  • Conduct sand wash plant operations
  • Take environmental samples and measurements
  • Conduct safety and health investigations
  • Licence to operate a bridge and gantry crane
  • Provide support for rescue operations
  • Extricate and transport people involved in incidents
  • Conduct surface shotfiring operations
  • Licence to drive a heavy combination vehicle
  • Monitor site production activities
  • Conduct scraper operations
  • Conduct conveyor-car high wall mining operations
  • Operate plant/machinery on live stockpiles
  • Conduct hydraulic shovel operations
  • Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations
  • Construct conservation earthworks
  • Operate multi-combination vehicle
  • Service and maintain pumps
  • Conduct secondary blasting
  • Lay and recover cables and hoses
  • Communicate workplace information
  • Conduct bulk water truck operations
  • Perform dogging
  • Conduct crushing and screening plant operations
  • Maintain and monitor site quality standards
  • Maintain stockpiles
  • Drive heavy rigid vehicle
  • Test operational functions of vehicles and equipment
  • Conduct hydraulic excavator operations
  • Respond to mine incident
  • Work effectively with diversity
  • Drive heavy combination vehicle
  • Conduct face loader operations
  • Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns
  • Conduct bucket-wheel operations
  • Conduct rigid haul truck operations
  • Licence to drive a multi combination vehicle
  • Respond to site based spills
  • Conduct articulated haul truck operations
  • Move and position materials to form stockpiles
  • Apply risk management processes
  • Conduct surface miner operations
  • Operate elevating work platform
  • Conduct tracked dozer operations
  • Operate a vehicle loading crane
  • Plan and conduct laboratory/field work
  • Conduct down-hole hammer drilling
  • Service and maintain screens
  • Purchase goods and services
  • Conduct slewing crane operations
  • Shutdown dredge for operator maintenance
  • Conduct operations with stockpile dozer
  • Operate light vehicle
  • Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding intermediate level
  • Blend stockpile materials
  • Install, commission and maintain major conveyor equipment and systems
  • Respond to local emergencies and incidents
  • Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier
  • Licence to perform dogging
  • Licence to drive a heavy rigid vehicle
  • Carry out lifting using multiple cranes
  • Process and interpret data
  • Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
  • Operate a gantry or overhead crane
  • Conduct rope shovel operations
  • Implement revegetation works
  • Communicate Information
  • Conduct control centre operations
  • Conduct intermediate scaffolding operations
  • Construct and maintain roads
  • Set up and prepare for open-cut drilling operations
  • Conduct coal stockpile dozer operations
  • Conduct a blast survey
  • Conduct wheeled dozer operations
  • Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
  • Repair and splice conveyor belting
  • Perform basic tests
  • Provide first aid
  • Conduct belly dump truck operations
  • Perform process control room operations
  • Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)
  • Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)
  • Assess ground conditions
  • Service and maintain conveyors, feeders and hoppers
  • Work safely with instruments that emit ionising radiation
  • Conduct dragline operations
  • Comply with site work processes/procedures
  • Operate heavy rigid vehicle
  • Conduct surface blast hole drilling operations
  • Conduct wheel loader operations
  • Issue work permits
  • Conduct auger miner operations
  • Conduct accretion firing
  • Conduct electronic blasting operations
  • Operate mine service vehicle
  • Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle
  • Isolate and access plant
  • Conduct dredging operations
  • Support shotfiring operations
  • Store, handle and transport explosives
  • Control and monitor automated plant/machinery
  • Conduct grader operations

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Industry Domestic: $1,770
  • Part-time : 8 months
Workplace Domestic: $1,770
  • Part-time : 8 months

Further information

There are both licensed and non-licensed units of competency relating to high risk work in the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package. To be appointed under any statutory requirements in related roles, units of competency should be selected to meet state/territory licensing requirements.

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