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RII30115 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

National ID: RII30115 State ID: AZE5
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Turn your mine site experience into a qualification

This course will give you the skills you need to work as a production operator in an open cut mine or quarry and perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications in a varied work context.

The preferred pathway into this qualification is formal mine site experience of at least 1 year in open pit work.



This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills program, through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the tuition fees (plus resource fee) capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession.

^ You will pay half price for the tuition fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as Resource fees that are specific to your course. For full details see our Half price courses page.

  • Workplace safety and risk control
  • Communication, quality work outcomes, planning and work organisation
  • Identification of environment/heritage concerns
  • Rehabilitation of mine sites

I have the following attributes:

  • Comfortable working in a physical environment
  • Enjoy practical/manual activities
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to adhere to strict safety requirements
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

You will need to be employed as a mine all-rounder or leading hand supervisor on a mine site in order to enrol and complete this qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Other job titles may include:

  • Production Operator
  • Drilling Plant Operator
  • Mining Plant Operator
  • Shot Firer

 Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. 

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