Target Participants

ACTA Group key participant target group for this course are individuals wishing to complete initial induction requirements to be able to work in a surface mining operation.

Course Duration

The standard course duration is six months.

Participants may complete the program earlier than these timelines through achievement of RPL or credit transfer. Please refer to the ACTA Group Student Handbook for further information

Course Entry Requirements

Nil mandatory requirements.

ACTA Group Course Admission Requirements

Participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Have completed Year 10 in the Australian school system or equivalent; and
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to ASCF Level 1

Once completing initial training (and receiving a Statement of Completion), participants must be employed in a role within a surface mining operation in order to complete onsite assessment for the issue of a Statement of Attainment in the relevant units of competency.

Participant Identification Requirements

Minimum identification requirements must be met prior to enrolment:

  • Provision of the participant’s Unique Student Identifier (USI); and
  • Provision of Australian legal photo identification for assessment purposes.

Training Pathways

Further training pathways for participants considering this course include:

  • RIIRIS Risk Management units
  • RIIOHS Occupational Health and Safety units and Inspections,
  • RIIHAN Load handling units
  • RIIERR Emergency Response and Rescue units
  • RIIBLA Blasting units ( for shot firing)
  • RII30112 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations
  • RII30112 Certificate III in Underground Coal Operations
  • RII30311 Certificate III in underground Metalliferous Mining
  • RII30411 Certificate III in Resource Processing
  • RII30509 Certificate III in Mining Exploration
  • RII30611 Certificate III in Small Mining Operations
  • RII30709 Certificate III in Mine Emergency Response and Rescue
  • RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations
  • RII30912 Certificate III in Civil Construction
  • RII31609 Certificate III in Trenchless Technology
  • RII31209 Certificate III in Civil Foundations
  • RII31809 Certificate III in Drilling Operations

These courses represent a logical pathway regardless of whether ACTA Group offers the courses.

Employment Pathways

Employment pathways for this course include:

  • Hazard identification
  • Risk control
  • Isolating and tagging
  • Communication
  • Manual handling
  • Use and control of hazardous substances

Credit Arrangements

There are no fixed credit agreements in place with any other institution for participants completing this qualification.

Course Nominal Hours

Total course nominal hours, depending on the state jurisdiction of delivery and elective units selected, are in the range of 136 hours.

Nominal hours are an allocation to describe how long a participant who does not hold any of the competencies identified in the relevant units of competency would take to develop all the required skills and knowledge. This nominal duration includes all teaching and learning activities such as guided learning (classes, lectures, tutorials, online or self-paced study), individual study, research, learning activities in the workplace and assessment activities.

Course Organisation & Delivery Modes

The course Schedule is provided (Refer Appendix One)

ACTA Group delivers a study pathway providing a logical program structure for participants undertaking learning and assessment tasks.

Workshop & Onsite Skills Development

  • Pre-reading & activity work (up to 4 hours)
  • 3 x 1 day workshops covering theory and practical components

At the end of workshop attendance, a Statement of Completion is issued.

Practical Skills & Assessment

A minimum of 100 hours of practical experience and assessment on mine site is then required prior to final assessment & issue of a Statement of Attainment for course units of competency.

RPL / Credit Transfer

ACTA Group’s Participant Advice and Selection Policy outlines in detail a process to be followed for granting Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer. This is supported with RPL Resources available for all course units.

Participants must apply for RPL or Credit Transfer prior to or immediately after formal enrolment but prior to the commencement of the delivery of the units. Any RPL’s granted must be accepted and signed off by the participant.

Schedule and Sequencing

The course is available for open enrolment throughout the year.

Delivery Arrangements

The delivery environment is ACTA Group offices for initial workshop learning, followed by aa real workplace for ongoing skills development and assessment.

Once completing initial training (and receiving a Statement of Completion), participants must be employed in a role within a surface mining operation in order to complete onsite assessment for the issue of a Statement of Attainment in the relevant units of competency.

Course workshop delivery typically occurs during weekdays and standard working hours. Weekend or out of standard hours’ sessions may however be negotiated on a client by client basis.

The delivery approaches used are self-directed study, group workshop delivery and ongoing skills development in conjunction with the participant’s workplace supervisor.

As the learning topics are a mix of theory and practical content, this approach is most suitable to provide the individual, customised program required for participants.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

This training program requires basic reading, writing and numeracy skills.
Prior to enrolling please contact ACTA Group to discuss our support services if required.

Next Steps!

Thank you again for your interest in this course program. Please contact ACTA Group’s Participant Support team on 1300 011 144 or to commence the application process!