Qualification details

RII30611 - Certificate III in Small Mining Operations (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes RII30609 - Certificate III in Small Mining Operations 21/Jun/2011
Is superseded by RII30613 - Certificate III in Small Mining Operations 13/Nov/2013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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RIIUMM201A - Install ground supportInstall ground supportSupersededN/A
RIIMEX203B - Break oversize rockBreak oversize rockSupersededN/A
RIIMSM304A - Inspect small mines operationsInspect small mines operationsSupersededN/A
RIIRIS201B - Conduct local risk controlConduct local risk controlSupersededN/A
RIIHAN209A - Perform basic riggingPerform basic riggingSupersededN/A
AHCSAW301A - Construct conservation earthworksConstruct conservation earthworksSupersededN/A
RIISAM212A - Service mine plant and equipmentService mine plant and equipmentSupersededN/A
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aidSupersededN/A
RIISAM310A - Install and commission plant, machinery and servicesInstall and commission plant, machinery and servicesSupersededN/A
RIIHAN208A - Perform doggingPerform doggingSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 312913 Mine Deputy 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3129-15 Mine Deputy 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Mining 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Small Mine Operator 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 312913 Mine Deputy 02/Oct/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3129-15 Mine Deputy 02/Oct/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 02/Oct/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 22/Jun/2011 
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Modification History

Not applicable.


This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in an underground or open cut soft rock small mine, such as an opal mine. They perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgment in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.

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 fifteen (15) units of competency made up of:

  • three (3) Core units, and
  • twelve (12) elective units of which:
  • at least five (5) must come from the Group A electives listed below
  • up to seven (7) from the Group B electives listed below
  • up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level II, III or IV level from this, or any other, Training Package.

Units of competency chosen must be relevant to the competency requirements for the job function.

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


Communicate in the workplace


Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedues


Conduct local risk control

Group A electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Rehabilitate small mine site


Suppress dust in open-cut environment


Break oversize rock


Assess ground conditions


Conduct hydraulic excavator operations


Conduct wheel loader operations


Conduct haul truck operations


Operate small open cut mine equipment


Establish a mining claim


Plan small mine operations


Install underground shaft


Inspect small mines operations


Conduct materials extraction operations underground


Design and maintain pillar system and ground control


Install and maintain ventilation systems and equipment


Move and position materials to form stockpiles


Maintain stockpiles


Install ground support


Prepare and perform manual scaling operations


Carry out natural area restoration works


Conduct erosion and sediment control activities


Implement revegetation works


Construct conservation earthworks

Group B electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Apply first aid


Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns


Respond to local emergencies and incidents


Conduct lifting operations


Perform dogging


Perform basic rigging


Work safely at heights


Conduct conveyor operations


Apply risk management processes


Apply operational maintenance skills


Service mine plant and equipment


Position and set up mobile lighting


Install and commission small mine plant, machinery and services