RII30215 - Certificate III in Underground Coal Operations

Experienced in underground coal mining? Get trade recognised.

If working as a production operator or other similar personnel within an underground coal mine sounds like you, then the Certificate III in Underground Coal Operations is the perfect way for you to increase your employment opportunities and become trade qualified in the mining industry, using your experience.

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Yes. All of our qualifications are issued by RTOs which have been approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver nationally recognised qualifications that meet national quality assurance requirements. This means that they are recognised by industry and educational institutions in all Australian states and territories as conforming to the required competency standards.

Yes. Because all of our qualifications are issued by reputable RTOs and contain the nationally recognised training logo, they each verify that a candidate has met the Units of Competency required to work in their industry occupation. These qualifications do not indicate how you have obtained the qualification (i.e. through RPL), and are exactly the same as a qualification received from a training provider through any other means.

Get Qualified Australia allows you up 3 months to complete the RPL process, however the actual duration is dependent on the length of time it takes you to provide your evidence. While this is generally 4 weeks, the quicker you submit your evidence, the sooner the process will be completed.

Once all the required evidence has been submitted and your evidence has been assessed, the RTO will then review and issue your qualification within 2-4 weeks, provided that no further evidence is required. This makes it possible for you to achieve your qualification in as little as 1 month, and up to 3 months.

Requests for extensions beyond the allotted 3 month period will be considered on an individual case basis.

While our Customer Service Agents will determine the best evidence for your portfolio, evidence generally takes the form of:

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  • Bookkeeping and financial records

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The options are really endless. Most people use qualifications to enhance their careers, from achieving a promotion or pay rise, to climbing organisational ranks and getting new job opportunities. In fact, qualifications have shown to increase employability by 11%, and result in promotions 42% of the time.

Other people might use their qualification to improve visa or migration prospects, access postgraduate study, open up their own businesses, meet regulatory requirements, or obtain a licence in their industry or occupation.

Please note that while our qualifications may help you meet minimum licensing requirements, only your state’s relevant licensing authority may issue you your licence. For more information about trades licensing, click here.

The following provides the packaging rules for this qualification, followed by the list of relevant units of competency.

Total number of units = 16 

6 core units  plus

10 elective units,  of which:

  • at least five (5) must be chosen from Group A
  • up to five (5) may be chosen from Group B
  • no more than one (1) may be chosen from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must reflect current occupational and learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level.

There are both licensed and non-licensed units of competency relating to high risk work in the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package. 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 no 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

Unit code 

Unit title 


Communicate information


Conduct fire team operations


Comply with site work processes/procedures


Conduct basic strata control operations


Conduct face ventilation operations


Apply risk management processes


Group A

Unit code 

Unit title 


Conduct roadway maintenance


Conduct specialised strata control operations


Construct and maintain ventilation devices


Conduct continuous miner operations


Conduct shuttle car operations


Conduct outburst mining operations


Conduct shearer operations


Conduct longwall face equipment operations


Install and recover longwall equipment


Operate breaker line supports


Conduct flexible conveyor train (FCT) operations


Monitor control processes


Conduct special roadway operations


Apply spontaneous combustion management measures


Conduct air drilling


Conduct surface directional drilling

Group B

Unit code 

Unit title 


Work effectively with diversity


Conduct shotfiring operations in underground coal mines


Conduct atmospheric monitoring


Escape from hazardous situation unaided


Provide aided rescue to endangered personnel


Apply initial response First Aid


Respond to mine incident


Respond to local emergencies and incidents


Operate in self-contained regenerative oxygen breathing apparatus


Control emergencies and critical situations


Control underground fires


Conduct underground search


Extricate casualties from underground incident


Extricate and transport people involved in incidents


Establish and operate from fresh air base


Provide support for rescue operations


Conduct slewing crane operations


Provide deck support for conveyor-car high wall mining operations


Conduct conveyor-car high wall mining operations


Respond to site based spills


Install, commission and maintain major conveyor equipment and systems


Repair and splice conveyor belting


Maintain winder equipment


Inspect and maintain shafts and structures


Monitor, inspect and service ropes and attachments


Respond to a workforce incident


Conduct skip operations


Operate automated winder


Operate manual winder


Conduct cage operations


Operate winder for shaft sinking


Conduct safety and health investigations


Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)


Not Available
This qualification does not require any licensing

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