RII50115 Diploma of Surface Operations Management

Course Overview

This course provides the skills and knowledge to work management roles within the resources sector, such as quarry or open cut mine manager.  It covers a broad range of skills including managing and implementing work health and safety systems, planning, leadership and coordination.  

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 quarry manager, or continue into higher qualifications such as Advanced Diploma of Extractive Industries Management. 

Qualification Structure

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

  • 2 core units
  • 11 elective units

Core units

  • RIIGOV501D Identify, implement and maintain legal compliance requirements
  • RIIRIS501D Implement and maintain management systems to control risk

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 more than 20 employees must hold the following:

  • Diploma of Surface Operations Management, including
  • RIIRIS501D Implement and maintain management systems to control 
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 flyer is obtained from training.gov.au. https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/RII50115


Group A – choose at least 4
25 units available, examples below

  • RIIENV501D Implement and maintain environmental management plan
  • RIIERR503D Implement emergency preparedness and response systems
  • RIIMEX405D Apply and monitor systems and methods of surface coal mining
  • RIIMEX501D Implement pit plan
  • RIIPRO501D Implement site processing plant operations
  • RIIPRO502D Develop, implement and maintain process control systems
  • RIIWHS404D Implement and monitor health and hygiene management systems
  • RIIWMG501D Implement the site water management plan

Group B – choose maximum 5
24 units available, examples below

  • BSBCUS501 Manage quality customer service
  • BSBFIM501 Manage budgets and financial plans
  • BSBMGT517 Manage operational plan
  • BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace
  • BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
  • RIIBHD501D Manage blast hole drilling operations
  • RIIBLA301D Conduct surface shotfiring operations
  • RIICOM301D Communicate information
  • RIIENV502D Undertake process or project environmental impact assessment
  • RIIERR504D Manage major incidents and emergencies
  • RIIPRM501D Implement, monitor, rectify and report on contracts
  • RIIRIS403D Manage and coordinate spill response
  • 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.