RII40113 - Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations

Experienced in surface extraction operations? You deserve recognition.

Your daily tasks in Surface Extraction Operations, like monitoring and reporting on compliance systems, maintaining mine safety, and supervising blast hold drilling operations, could make you eligible for formal recognition based on what you already know.

This path is ideal for those who wish to get qualified, improve job prospects, or enter the field of Surface Extraction Operations, including supervising processing operations, reporting on financial activity, leading rescue teams, and commissioning/recommissioning a plant.

Pull out all the stops in Surface Extraction Operations and watch your career gain traction.

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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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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 thirteen (13) units of competency made up of:

  • four (4) core units, and
  • nine (9) elective units of which:
  • one (1) must be chosen from group A
  • at least two (2) must be chosen from group B
  • up to four (4) may be chosen from group C
  • up to one (1) may be chosen from group D
  • up to two (2) may be chosen from Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma 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 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 of competency  

Unit code 

Unit title 


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Communicate information


Apply, monitor and report on compliance systems


Apply site risk management system

Group A  

Unit code 

Unit title 


Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements


Examine and maintain mine safety

Group B  

Unit code 

Unit title 


Manage blasting operations


Supervise blast hole drilling operations


Supervise rehabilitation operations


Respond to local emergencies and incidents 


Apply and monitor surface operations emergency preparedness and response systems 


Apply pit plan


Supervise dredging operations


Apply and monitor systems for stable mining


Apply and monitor systems and methods of surface coal mining


Supervise mobile plant operations


Monitor the interaction of heavy and light vehicles and mining equipment


Supervise processing operations


Supervise recycled materials operations


Apply and monitor mine services and infrastructure systems


Apply and monitor site plant and resource management plan


Apply and monitor the site stockpile management plan


Apply and monitor site waste and by-products management plan


Apply and monitor the site water management plan

Group C 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies


Report on financial activity


Implement workplace information system


Develop teams and individuals


Show leadership in the workplace


Implement operational plan


Plan small business finances


Market the small business


Undertake small business planning


Develop work priorities


Use advanced features of computer applications


Conduct surface shotfiring operations


Monitor and control the effects of blasting on the environment


Develop and maintain positive community relations


Supervise dust and noise control


Conduct fire team operations


Respond to mine incident


Provide support for rescue operations


Lead rescue team


Conduct safety and health investigations


Supervise work in confined spaces


Apply quality management system on site


Apply risk management processes


Managing and coordinating spill responses


Apply site plant, equipment and infrastructure maintenance management plan


Supervise operation of electrical equipment and installations


Commission/recommission plant


Contribute to assessment


Plan and organise assessment


Assess competence


Participate in assessment validation


Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills

Group D 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Provide first aid


Apply initial response First Aid

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.

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