RII30120 Cert III in Surface Extraction Operations

RII30120 Cert III in Surface Extraction Operations

Course Objective:

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.

  • Operating various plant
  • Responding to emergencies
  • Communicating effectively
  • Complying with workplace process, policies, and procedures
Course Times

7:45 am / 4 pm


24 Months

Courses Run



Classroom / Training Facility or Onsite Training

Service Fee




Delivery / Course Duration:

Upon request, ACTA Group provide flexible delivery options whilst meeting national standards of compliance and safety. Each student will complete the program through a structured classroom setting with simulated practical components to mimic real work tasks to ensure a robust training and assessment model.

  • Duration:  24 Months
  • Courses run: Monthly
  • Course times between: 7:45 am / 4 pm
  • Classroom/Training Facility or Onsite Training
  • Corporate packages
  • Real life training conducted by our Nationally Recognised Industry specialist trainer and assessors
  • Service Fee: $5850
  • RPL: $2080

Given that the key client for this qualification currently works in an open cut mining or quarrying context, the standard course duration is 6 months. This duration takes into consideration that the target clients are currently working in the industry and that a significant proportion of students will seek recognition of prior learning (RPL).


This class is flexible to be done on site in the workplace, or at one of our ACTA Group facilities.

  • Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast – QLD
  • Salisbury, Brisbane – QLD
  • Tullamarine, Melbourne – VIC
  • Northern Rivers, Tweed/Lismore – NSW
  • Seven Hills, Sydney – NSW
  • North Boambee Valley, Coffs Harbour – NSW
  • Pending Location – WA
  • Onsite Training – We come to you by request
ACTA Group Course Admission Requirements:

Participants must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Have completed Year 10 in the Australian school system or equivalent;
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to ASCF Level 2
  • Provision of the participant’s Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provision of Australian legal photo identification for assessment purposes and;
  • Be employed in a Surface Extraction role allowing relevant construction work to be completed, and study via a workplace supported pathway.
  • Hold CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry and current Construction Industry ‘White Card’

Upon successful completion of this Nationally Recognised Qualification, students will receive a Testamur in RII30120 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations.

To be awarded RII30120 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:

  • one (1) unit must be chosen from Group A
  • one (1) unit must be chosen from Group B
  • at least three (3) units must be chosen from Group C
  • no more than (3) units may be chosen 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.

There are prerequisites to imported units listed in this qualification. Where a unit is imported as an elective care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified are complied with.

Core units

RIIENV201E Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns
RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes
RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

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 material and 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
RIIVEH201E Operate light vehicle
RIIVEH305F Operate and maintain a four wheeled drive

Group D

HLTAID011 Provide first aid
RIIERR301E respond to work site incidents
RIIERR302E Respond to local emergencies and incidents
RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platforms
RIIRIS401E Apply risk management system
RIIWHS301E Conduct safety and health investigations

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.

Pathways for participants considering this course include:

  • https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/RII30120
  • Certificate III in Coal Processing & Production Operator.
  • Certificate III in Mineral Processing Technician.
  • Certificate III in Quarry Mobile Plant Operator; and
  • Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operator or other industry related qualifications; and
  • Direct entry.

After achieving this qualification, participants may undertake a Certificate IV, Diploma, or higher qualification in surface extraction related fields. This may include generic, technical, or supervisory course streams.