Qualification details

RII20609 - Certificate II in Mining Field/Exploration Operations (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by RII20613 - Certificate II in Mining / Field Exploration 13/Nov/2013

ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 29/May/2013
(View details for release 2) 21/Mar/2012
(View details for release 1) 22/Jun/2011

Units of competency

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RIIRIS201B - Conduct local risk controlConduct local risk controlN/A
AHCSAW301A - Construct conservation earthworksConstruct conservation earthworksN/A
RIIEGS202B - Conduct field workConduct field workN/A
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aidN/A
CPPSIS3006A - Provide field support servicesProvide field support servicesN/A
BSBSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practicesParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practicesN/A
RIICOM201A - Communicate in the workplaceCommunicate in the workplaceN/A
RIIEGS301A - Operate and maintain instruments and field equipmentOperate and maintain instruments and field equipmentN/A
RIIOHS201A - Work safely and follow OHS policies and proceduresWork safely and follow OHS policies and proceduresN/A
AHCSAW201A - Conduct erosion and sediment control activitiesConduct erosion and sediment control activitiesN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 821914 Mining Support Worker 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 9911-11 Mining Support Worker 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Services to Mining 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Field Assistant/Fieldworker (Mining) 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 821914 Mining Support Worker 02/Sep/2009 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 9911-11 Mining Support Worker 02/Sep/2009 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 02/Sep/2009 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 02/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

Not applicable.


This qualification reflects the role of an employee working in a mining exploration team or working as a pit technician, who undertakes a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and who takes some responsibility for the quality of work outcomes.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

The following table includes a summary of the employability skills as identified by the resources and infrastructure industry for this qualification. The table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes required here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • speak clearly and directly
  • listen carefully to instructions and information
  • read and interpret work instructions and safety signs
  • calculate basic weights, distances and volumes
  • complete incident and maintenance reports
  • adjust communication style to meet the needs of people with diverse backgrounds


  • apply teamwork in a range of situations, particularly in a safety context
  • contribute to the planning and execution of operations
  • work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race, religion or political persuasion and people with disability
  • recognise and respond sensitively to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds


  • adjust work methods in response to changing weather and site conditions
  • participate in team solutions to safety issues

Initiative and enterprise

  • independently adapt to changing work conditions or different work areas
  • identify potential improvements to working practice and conditions
  • identify and assess risks in the workplace

Planning and organising

  • manage time and priorities to complete work
  • identify and obtain appropriate equipment and permits
  • identify potential hazards and prepare appropriate responses
  • follow procedures and techniques relevant to the equipment and work being done


  • take responsibility for planning and organising own work priorities and completing assigned tasks
  • monitor own performance to ensure work will be completed well and on time
  • understand the standard of work expected at a work site


  • be willing to learn new ways of working
  • seek information to improve performance from people and workplace documents like policies, procedures etc
  • understand equipment characteristics, technical capabilities, limitations and procedures


  • use technology to monitor and report on work progress
  • use communications technology appropriate to the workplace (email, mobile, radio, etc)
  • operate equipment safely

Packaging Rules

Requirements for completion of the qualification 

The following table 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:

  • ten (10) Core units, and
  • four (4) elective units of which:
  • at least two (2) must come from the Group A electives listed below
  • up to two (2) from the Group B electives listed below
  • up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level II or III level in this, or any other Training Package or accredited course.

Units of competency chosen must

  • be relevant to the competency requirements for the job function
  • reflect the competency profile for the occupation at the enterprise level
  • in the case of accredited course units of competency, not duplicate in part or in whole any unit from a Training Package.

Care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified within imported units, or units chosen as electives, are complied with.

Core units of competency  

Unit code

Unit title


Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures


Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns


Apply first aid


Communicate in the workplace


Operate in isolated and remote situations


Conduct field work


Maintain and monitor site quality standards


Conduct local risk control


Collect routine site samples


Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle

Group A electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Provide field support services


Carry out natural area restoration works


Operate and maintain instruments and field equipment


Mobilise equipment and materials


Navigate in a remote or trackless areas


Conduct erosion and sediment control activities


Implement revegetation works


Construct conservation earthworks

Group B electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Operate a personal computer


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Apply advanced first aid