RII30115 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

Course Overview

This course provides the skills and knowledge to work in the resources sector, in roles such as quarry production operator.  It covers general topics including work health and safety, risk management and environmental protection, as well as job-specific functions such as equipment operation and blasting. 

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification. Learners should have sufficient language, literacy and numeracy skills to participate in training. 


On completion, participants may undertake job roles such as production operator or leading hand, or continue into higher qualifications such as Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations. 

Qualification Structure

To complete the course, learners must be complete a total of 13 units of competency as follows:

  • 3 core units
  • 10 elective units
Core units
  • RIIENV201D Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns
  • RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes
  • RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

Selecting electives

The IQA works with a number of RTOs for the delivery of the Certificate III. The IQA (with support of the RTO) can help you determine which electives units will meet your needs and the needs of your employer. Elective units should be selected according to job-role and state-based competency requirements as there are variations between states.

Example of state-based requirements

In Queensland, Site Safety and Health Representatives must achieve the following competencies within 3 months of being appointed:

  • RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes
  • RIIWHS301D Conduct safety and health investigations
  • RIICOM301D Communicate information

If you are interested in undertaking the qualification, or would like to find out more about the course please contact education@quarry.com.au

NOTE: Availability of elective units may vary between training providers.

Training Providers

The IQA is not a registered training organisation (RTO) and is unable to deliver the above qualification. However, the IQA maintains partnerships with a number of RTOs who will be able to assist. Please contact education@quarry.com.au for more information.

The information contained in this flyer is obtained from training.gov.au https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/RII30115


Group A – choose 1

  • RIICOM301D Communicate information 
  • RIICOM302D Communicate workplace information

Group B – choose 1

  • RIIGOV201D Comply with site work processes/procedures
  • RIIQUA201D Maintain and monitor site quality standards

Group C – choose at least 3
43 units available, examples below

  • RIIBHD301D Conduct surface blast hole drilling operations
  • RIIBLA301D Conduct surface shotfiring operations
  • RIIMCO301D Conduct control centre operations
  • RIIMCO302D Conduct surface miner operations
  • RIIMEX301D Conduct dredging operations
  • RIIMEX302D Assess ground conditions
  • RIIMPO306D Operate plant/machinery on live stockpiles
  • RIIMPO310F Conduct grader operations
  • RIIMPO312E Conduct scraper operations
  • RIIPRO301D Conduct crushing and screening plant operations
  • RIIPRO302D Perform process control room operations
  • RIIVEH201D Operate light vehicle
  • RIIVEH307E Operate heavy rigid vehicle

Group D – choose maximum 3
59 units available, examples below

  • AHCNAR303 Implement revegetation works
  • AHCSAW301 Construct conservation earthworks
  • AURKTJ011 Remove, inspect and fit earthmoving and off-the-road tyres
  • RIIBEF302D Monitor site production activities
  • RIIBLA201D Support shotfiring operations
  • RIIBLA205D Store, handle and transport explosives
  • RIIBLA305D Conduct secondary blasting
  • RIIBLA308D Conduct electronic blasting operations
  • RIIERR301D Respond to mine incident
  • RIIERR302E Respond to local emergencies and incidents
  • RIIHAN208D Perform dogging
  • RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platforms
  • RIIRIS202D Respond to site based spills
  • RIIRIS401D Apply site risk management system
  • RIISAM304D Install, commission and maintain major conveyor equipment and systems
  • RIISTD301D Take environmental samples and measurements
  • RIIWHS301D Conduct safety and health investigations

Maximum of 2 units may be selected from elsewhere in the RII training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.