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Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

  • Duration12 to 24 Months
  • CompetencyRII30115 - Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations
  • Location


Course Overview

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.

WorkSafe Connect offers this qualification at client sites, for employer groups only. The qualification is tailored to the employer's requirements and the resources available on site.

Course Outline

There are thirteen (13) units that must be completed to achieve this qualification, with four (3) core units and ten (10) elective units. WorkSafe Connect works with the employer group to determine a list of possible electives based on the employee's role requirements and the resources available on site.

Frequently Asked Questions

To be eligible for funding within the User Choice program, employees of your business must be engaged as either:

Part Time Employees (minimum of 15hrs week)

Full Time Employees (minimum of 38hrs week)

They can be new or existing employees, who in some cases may also be eligible for additional federal incentives.

Other factors may also influence the employee’s eligibility and it is strongly suggested that each employee’s eligibility is assessed against the specific requirements for the nominated qualification prior to finalising any traineeship arrangements.

This is a very simple exercise of providing an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) Provider, the relevant employee’s name, DOB and the date they commenced employment with your company. The AASN Provider will assess the information provided and advise of their funding eligibility.

For further details please contact WorkSafe Connect on 07 3277 3282 (Brisbane) or 07 4728 9866 (Townsville) or email info@worksafeconnect.com

This traineeship is not intended to create more administration work on site and as such WorkSafe Connect has an operations team who can be deployed to site to assist with setting up and coordination as part of the traineeship.

In order for your employees to be able to undertake the traineeship within the User Choice Program, WorkSafe Connect as the SRTO must first assess your company’s workplace(s) to confirm that the employees have access to the resources necessary to successfully undertake the required training.This includes:

  • Suitably qualified persons in the workplace to coach, mentor and supervise their training progression
  • A range of relevant plant and equipment on which they can complete training required by the qualification
  • A range of suitable work tasks and associated procedures

Traineeships need to be signed up through National Training Contracts in order to access User Choice funding. The AASN Provider is an experienced provider of these services. They will attend your premises and assist you and your participants with completion of the necessary paperwork. At the same time, they will go through employer and Australian Apprentice obligations.Once the National Training Contract is completed, the AASN Provider will notify WorkSafe Connect, lodge with the State Training Authority and ensure that all parties to the National Training Contract are provided with copies of the forms in a very timely manner (within 2-5 days).

The signing of this contract also triggers the relevant funds to be released (as eligible) to the employer and WorkSafe Connect.

WorkSafe Connect and the employer design a training plan within the requirements of the chosen qualification that best reflects the work they will participate in and the work they are training towards being competent in. The training plan outlines the competencies to be covered, an approximate time line as well as details regarding delivery and assessment.

Considerations need to be given within the training plan to the delivery format (e.g. online, workbook, face to face, workplace visits) and what best suits the employer and employees. Dependant on the industrial agreement used in your workplace in the majority of cases part time and full time staff are required to be paid for the time spent in off the job training or in their own time, though this varies from award to award.

All trainees must be paid according to the award relevant to the employers’ workplace – some awards include a specific section for trainees whereas others do not. To participate in a traineeship they must be employed in a permanent capacity. In some awards a trainee is only employed for the length of the traineeship whereas others this is not the case.

Employers need to carefully consider & negotiate the employment arrangements prior to signing into the traineeship.

Course Costs vary depending on the qualification chosen and the level of funding available from the State government. The Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations is funded as a Priority 1 by the Department of Education and Training, so that means that the full cost of the training is paid for by the State Government.

Generally, traineeships require a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal training hour regardless of the level of funding from the State Government User Choice funding– depending on the employee’s award this can be payable by the employee or the employer. All course costs should be carefully negotiated with WorkSafe Connect prior to commencing the traineeship.

The User Choice 2017-2018 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred registered training organisation (RTO) from a list of pre-qualified suppliers (PQS) for the delivery of accredited training to meet their specific needs.

WorkSafe Connect is approved as a Pre-Qualified Supplier (PQS) to participate in the delivery of a range of Queensland Government funded training programs as a Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

While there are a number of qualifications funded under the User Choice program, the one current offered within WorkSafe Connects’ scope of registration is the RII30115 Cert III in Surface Extraction Operations.

Further information can also be obtained by accessing the following Queensland Government website https://training.qld.gov.au/training/incentives/userchoice.

There are a large number of qualifications funded under the User Choice program, though the one currently offered within WorkSafe Connect’s scope of registration is the Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations (RII30115).

The qualification supports employees who work within the resource sector, including surface mining, quarrying, mine services and port operations.It may also be suitable for surface employees within an underground mining operation.

The roles fulfilled by these employees generally includes production operators, processing operators, terminal operators and plant/equipment maintenance personnel, 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 (i.e. Certificate III Level).



327 Bayswater Road
QLD 4814


Gate 1, Building 4 – Entry 5
Construction Training Centre
460-492 Beaudesert Road
Salisbury, Brisbane
QLD 4107

Course ID: 350 - Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations