RII30120 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations


This qualification reflects the role of individuals such as production operators, working in open cut coal or metalliferous mines or quarries, 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 or certification considerations

Licensing, legislative and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Users must check requirements with relevant body before applying the qualification.



Upon request, ACTA Group provide flexible delivery options whilst meeting national standards of compliance and safety.

  • Group booking discounts apply
  • Courses run weekly/monthly
  • Course times between 7am/4pm
  • Classroom or Onsite Training
  • Corporate packages
  • Real life facilities, done with industry experienced, current and competent trainers


Recognition of Prior Learning/RPL: Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is all about the skills and knowledge you’ve collected through work and life experiences and then transferring them to current training course requirements. RPL students must be able to demonstrate currency operating machine and complete all assessments without fail, to be deemed competent to operate machine safely and given a Statement of Attainment.


  • Gold Coast – Burleigh Heads
  • Brisbane – Salisbury
  • Sth East QLD – Onsite – we come to your site.



To be awarded the Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations the following packaging rules apply:

Total number of units = 13

3 core units  plus

10 elective units,  of which:

  • 1 must be from Group A
  • 1 must be from Group B
  • at least 3 must be from Group C
  • no more than 3 may be from Group D
  • no more than 2 may be from elsewhere in this or any other currently endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the overall integrity of the AQF alignment, not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification, and contribute to a valid industry-supported vocational outcome.


The elective bank contains both licensed and non-licensed units of competency relating to high risk work in the resources and infrastructure industry. To be appointed under any statutory requirements in related roles, units of competency should be selected to meet the state/territory licensing requirements.



Core Units

RIIENV201E Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns 

RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures 

RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes


Elective units

Group A

RIICOM301E Communicate information


Group B

RIIGOV201E Comply with site work processes/procedures

RIIQUA201E Maintain and monitor site quality standards 


Group C

RIIHAN309F Conduct telescopic materials handler operations

RIIMPO206D Conduct bulk water truck operations

RIIMPO301E Conduct hydraulic excavator operations

RIIMPO337E Conduct articulated haul truck operations

RIIMPO338E Conduct rigid haul truck operations

RIIVEH201D Operate light vehicle

RIIVEH305F Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle


Group D

HLTAID011 Provide first aid

RIIERR301E Respond to work site incidents

RIIERR302E Respond to local emergencies and incidents

RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform

RIIWHS301E Conduct safety and health investigations


The Surface Extraction Operations course is delivered in standard lecture format, with demonstrations included and active participation obligatory. Written assignments will also be an essential element of the course.

Upon successful completion, graduates of the course will receive a Testamur and Record of Results.

Course Requirements:

  • Be at least 15 years of age;
  • Have completed Year 10 in the Australian school system or equivalent; and
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to ACSF Level 2.
  • Provision of the participant’s Unique Student Identifier (USI); and
  • Provision of Australian legal photo identification for assessment purposes.
  • Must wear steal cap boots

Training Pathways:

This pathway may lead to the following employment opportunities:

Please see the link for all Training Pathway options for Surface Extraction Operations: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/RII30120 


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 info@actagroup.com.au to commence the application process!