Estimated completion time: year/s
The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
This qualification reflects the role of employees such as production operators in an open cut mine or quarry, who perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.
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.
Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Mechanical Engineering, Mineral Mining Exploration, Coal Mining, Quarrying, Blast Hole Drilling include:
- Excavator Operator (Mining and Extractive Industries)
- Remote Control Room Operator
- Grader Operator (Extractive Industries)
- Quarry Equipment Operator
- Face Loader Operator
- Haul Truck Operator (Extractive Industries)
- Open Cut Coal Miner
- Quarry Mobile Equipment Operator
- Quarry Operations Leading Hand
- Scraper Operator (Mining)
- Shotfirer's Assistant
- Water Cart Operator
- Mobile Plant Operator (Extractive Industries)
- Plant Service and Maintenance Operator (Quarry)
- Dredge Operator
- Weighbridge Operator
- Sales Loader Operator
- Grader Operator (Mining)
- Bogger Operator
- Quarry Processing Plant Operator
Credit transfers & pathways
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:
- Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
- Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
- Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).
RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.
Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.
For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 or email email@example.com.
Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.
Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.
Course information flyer(s)
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
Students will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills and
knowledge to undertake a course at this level.
Based on course nominal hours of between 324- 530 hours, approximate 2019 course fees will be:
VET Tuition Fees: $1,036.80 - $1,696.00
Domestic Full Fees: $6,318.00 - $10, 335.00
Fee for Service: as per fee for service agreement
The following Fees are applicable to this course:
2019: Information about 2019 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available 2019 VET Fees VET Tuition Fees for 2019 will be charged at $3.20 per nominal hour for subsidised training.
This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package.
Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification: training.gov.au
Location and study mode
Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.
Study Mode: RPL only
Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.
Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.
Automotive and Civil
To achieve a CERTIFICATE III IN SURFACE EXTRACTION OPERATIONS a total of THIRTEEN (13) units of competency must be completed comprising THREE (3) Core and TEN (10) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.
Elective units must comprise of:
- one (1) must be chosen from Group A
- one (1) must be chosen from Group B
- at least three (3) must be chosen from Group C
- no more than three (3) may be chosen from Group D
- no more than two (2) may be chosen from within this training package or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.
The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below will depend on the elective units chosen.
|Code||Module/Unit of Competency||Hours|
|CORE UNITS OF COMPETENCY|
|RIIENV201D||Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns||20|
|RIIRIS301D||Apply risk management processes||40|
|RIIWHS201D||Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures||20|
|Total nominal hours for core units||80|
|ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (Group A)|
|RIICOM302D||Communicate workplace information||20|
|ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (Group B)|
|RIIGOV201D||Comply with site work processes/procedures||20|
|RIIQUA201D||Maintain and monitor site quality standards||20|
|ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (Group C)|
|RIIBHD305D||Conduct down-hole hammer drilling||40|
|RIIMEX302D||Assess ground conditions||20|
|RIIMPG301D||Control and monitor automated plant/machinery||40|
|RIIMPO206D||Conduct bulk water truck operations||30|
|RIIMPO301E||Conduct hydraulic excavator operations||40|
|RIIMPO302E||Conduct hydraulic shovel operations||40|
|RIIMPO304E||Conduct wheel loader operations||40|
|RIIMPO306D||Operate plant/machinery on live stockpiles||24|
|RIIMPO308F||Conduct tracked dozer operations||40|
|RIIMPO309F||Conduct wheeled dozer operations||40|
|RIIMPO310F||Conduct grader operations||40|
|RIIMPO312E||Conduct scraper operations||40|
|RIIMPO313E||Conduct face loading operations||40|
|RIIMPO331E||Conduct operations with stockpile dozer||40|
|RIIMPO337E||Conduct articulated haul truck operations||40|
|RIIMPO338E.||Conduct rigid haul truck operations||40|
|RIIPRO301D||Conduct crushing and screening plant operations||50|
|RIISAM202D||Isolate and access plant||30|
|RIISAM301E||Test operational functions of vehicles and equipment||30|
|RIISRM301D||Blend stockpile materials||20|
|RIISRM302D||Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations||40|
|RIISRM303D||Move and position materials to form stockpiles||24|
|RIIVEH305E||Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle||40|
|ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (Group D)|
|RIICRC310D||Construct and maintain roads||60|
|RIIHAN305D||Operate a gantry or overhead crane||40|
|RIIHAN307E||Operate a vehicle loading crane||40|
|RIIHAN311F||Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier||80|
|RIIVEH306D||Operate mine service vehicle||20|
|TLILIC0002||Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)||40|
|TLILIC0010||Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)||70|
|TLILIC2016||Licence to drive a heavy rigid vehicle||50|
|TLILIC3017||Licence to drive a heavy combination vehicle||60|
|TLILIC3018||Licence to drive a multi combination vehicle||60|
|Total nominal hours for the qualification will vary|