RII50115 - Diploma of Surface Operations Management

Know surface operations management? Get recognised.

If you're an experienced manager within an open cut or metalliferous mine or quarry, with experience implementing technical, safety and managerial plans and operations, then achieving your Diploma of Surface Operations Management is an ideal way of improving your employment opportunities within the mining industry.

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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.

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

Total number of units = 13 

2 core units  plus

11 elective units , of which:

  • at least four (4) must be chosen from Group A
  • no more than five (5) may be chosen from Group B
  • up to two (2) 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 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 


Identify, implement and maintain legal compliance requirements


Implement and maintain management systems to control risk


Group A

Unit code 

Unit title 


Implement and maintain environmental management plan


Implement emergency preparedness and response systems


Apply and monitor systems and methods of surface coal mining


Implement pit plan


Implement systems and methods of mining


Manage dredging operations


Manage the interaction of heavy and light vehicles and mining equipment


Manage laser levelling of operating plant


Implement site processing plant operations


Develop, implement and maintain process control systems


Implement mine transport systems and production equipment


Implement site plant and resource management plan


Implement site services and infrastructure systems


Select and install surface plant and equipment


Implement, monitor, rectify and report on inventory control system


Implement mine services systems


Implement mine fixed plant and infrastructure systems


Carry out the risk management processes


Conduct mine surveying operations


Implement the stockpile management plan


Design stockpile formations and reclaiming systems


Implement site waste and by-product management plan


Plan and monitor recycled material operations


Implement and monitor health and hygiene management systems


Implement the site water management plan

Group B

Unit code 

Unit title 


Manage quality customer service


Manage budgets and financial plans


Manage an information or knowledge management system


Develop a workplace learning environment


Manage operational plan


Facilitate continuous improvement


Plan small business finances


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


Ensure a safe workplace


Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Lead and manage team effectiveness


Manage blast hole drilling operations


Conduct surface shotfiring operations


Design surface blasts


Conduct sales in construction materials operations


Communicate information


Undertake process or project environmental impact assessment


Manage major incidents and emergencies


Apply, monitor and report on compliance systems


Provide supervision in the leadership of diverse work teams


Implement, monitor, rectify and report on contracts


Manage and coordinate spill response


Implement and maintain the site plant, equipment and infrastructure maintenance plan


Conduct safety and health investigations

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

This qualification does not require any licensing

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  • Major Training Group - Provider Code 6139

  • Performance Training - Provider Code 1718

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