RII30313 - Certificate III in Underground Metalliferous Mining

Recognise your experience

If you already have industry experience, then utilising Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to turn your existing skills into a nationally recognised qualification is an ideal way of achieving industry accreditation while broadening your career opportunities.

As this is not a course, you do not need to complete the units listed below. Instead, you simply need to prove that you’re competent in the units shown. Our Facilitators will help make this process as easy and smooth as possible for you. 

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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:

  • Resume/CV
  • References
  • Performance Appraisals
  • Portfolio/work samples
  • Photographic and video evidence
  • Education, training and qualifications
  • Job Description
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Workplace communication
  • 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.

Requirements for completion of the qualification 

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

Successful completion of fourteen (14) units of competency made up of:

  • six (6) core units, and
  • eight (8) elective units of which:
  • at least five (5) must be chosen from group A
  • up to three (3) may be chosen from group B and/or group C
  • up to two (2) unit may come from Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level from this, or any other Training Package or accredited course

Units chosen must be relevant to the job function.

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 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.

A prerequisite must be considered in the total number of units chosen.

Core units of competency  

Unit code 

Unit title 


Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures


Apply environmentally sustainable work practices


Communicate workplace information


Assess ground conditions


Maintain and monitor site quality standards


Apply risk management processes


Group A 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Support operational plan


Run on-site operations


Manage non-routine, complex technical situations


Conduct underground development drilling


Conduct long hole drilling


Conduct underground development shotfiring


Conduct underground production shotfiring


Conduct secondary blasting


Control and monitor automated plant/machinery


Conduct wheel grader operations in underground mines


Conduct underground load, hal and dump truck operations


Conduct conventional core drilling


Conduct surface directional drilling


Conduct raise boring


Conduct safety and health investigation


Isolate and access plant


Service and maintain conveyors, feeders and hoppers


Service and maintain crushers


Inspect and maintain shafts and structures


Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations


Conduct wet filling activities


Install sets


Conduct hand held mining


Construct and maintain underground roads


Install and remove a secondary fan


Conduct mechanical scaling


Maintain underground stockpiles


Respond to a workforce incident


Operate manual winder


Conduct cage operations


Operate winder for shaft sinking


Recover equipment


Recover underground equipment


Conduct line of sight remote operations


Conduct tele-remote operations


Conduct control room operations


Conduct mechanical underground ground support drilling and installation


Operate mine service vehicle

Group B  

Unit code 

Unit title 


Promote innovation in a team environment


Issue work permits

  • Prerequisite unit: RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control


Monitor site production activities


Conduct accretion firing


Escape from hazardous situation unaided


Provide aided rescue to endangered personnel


Respond to local emergencies and incidents


Conduct slewing crane operations


Carry out lifting using multiple cranes


Conduct telescopic materials handler operations


Conduct crane operations underground


Conduct integrated tool carrier operations


Conduct operations using skid steer loader with attachments


Conduct operations using skid steer loader without attachments


Respond to site based spills


Maintain winder equipment


Monitor, inspect and service ropes and attachments


Take environmental samples and measurements


Apply shot-crete underground


Conduct rail haulage operations

Group C 

Unit code 

Unit title 


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

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the qualification.

Visit Get Qualified Australia’s Trade Licensing page for more information surrounding licensing

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