RII40115 Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations

Course Overview

This course provides the skills and knowledge to work in supervisory roles within the resources sector, such as team leader in a quarry or open cut mine.  It covers a broad range of skills including applying safety management plans, leading and coordinating staff.

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 team leader or supervisor, or continue into higher qualifications such as Diploma of Surface Operations Management. 

Qualification Structure

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

  • 4 core units
  • 9 elective units

Core units

  • BSBSUS301 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • RIICOM301D Communicate information
  • RIIGOV401D Apply, monitor and report on compliance systems
  • RIIRIS401D Apply site risk management system

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 Senior Executives on sites with 6-20 employees must hold the following:

  • Certificate IV in Surface Operations Management, including
  • RIIRIS501D Implement and maintain management systems to control Risk; and
  • BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace

If blasting is to occur, they must also hold: 

  • RIIBLA301D Conduct surface shotfiring operations
  • RIIBLA205D Store, handle and transport explosives
  • RIIBLA305D Conduct secondary blasting
    (or recognised safe drilling and blasting course, or shot-firers license)

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 course information contained in this website is obtained from training.gov.au. https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/RII40115


Group A – choose 1

  • BSBWHS401 Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
  • RIIWHS402D Examine and maintain mine safety

Group B – choose at least 2

  • RIIBLA401D  Manage blasting operations
  • RIIBHD401D Supervise blast hole drilling operations
  • RIICAR401D Supervise rehabilitation operations
  • RIIERR302E Respond to local emergencies and incidents 
  • RIIERR401D Apply and monitor surface operations emergency preparedness and response systems 
  • RIIMEX401D Apply pit plan
  • RIIMEX402D Supervise dredging operations
  • RIIMEX404D Apply and monitor systems for stable mining
  • RIIMEX405D Apply and monitor systems and methods of surface coal mining
  • RIIMPO401D Supervise mobile plant operations
  • RIIMPO403D Monitor the interaction of heavy and light vehicles and mining equipment
  • RIIPRO401D Supervise processing operations
  • RIIPRO402D Supervise recycled materials operations
  • RIIRAI401D Apply and monitor mine services and infrastructure systems
  • RIIRAI402D Apply and monitor site plant and resource management plan
  • RIISRM401D Apply and monitor the site stockpile management plan
  • RIIWBP401D Apply and monitor site waste and by-products management plan
  • RIIWMG401D Apply and monitor the site water management plan

Group C – choose maximum 4
34 units available, examples below

  • BSBCUS401 Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies
  • BSBFIA412 Report on financial activity
  • BSBINM401 Implement workplace information system
  • BSBMGT401 Show leadership in the workplace
  • BSBMGT402 Implement operational plan
  • BSBSMB402 Plan small business finances
  • RIIBLA301D Conduct surface shotfiring operations
  • RIIENV401D Supervise dust and noise control
  • RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes
  • RIIRIS403D Managing and coordinating spill responses
  • RIIWHS301D Conduct safety and health investigations
  • RIIWHS401D Supervise work in confined spaces

Group D – choose maximum 1

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • RIIERR205D Apply initial response First Aid

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.