Qualification details

RII40212 - Certificate IV in Surface Coal Mining (Open Cut Examiner) (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to RII40209 - Certificate IV in Surface Coal Mining (Open Cut Examiner) 20/Mar/2012
Is superseded by RII40213 - Certificate IV in Surface Coal Mining (Open Cut Examiner) 13/Nov/2013

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 29/May/2013
(View details for release 1) 21/Mar/2012

Units of competency

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RIIOHS301A - Conduct safety and health investigationsConduct safety and health investigationsN/A
RIIMPO304B - Conduct wheel loader operationsConduct wheel loader operationsN/A
RIIERR403A - Lead rescue teamLead rescue teamN/A
BSBINN301A - Promote innovation in a team environmentPromote innovation in a team environmentN/A
BSBLED401A - Develop teams and individualsDevelop teams and individualsN/A
RIIMPO312A - Conduct scraper operationsConduct scraper operationsN/A
RIIRIS402A - Carry out the risk management processesCarry out the risk management processesN/A
RIICOM301B - Communicate informationCommunicate informationN/A
RIIBLA201A - Support shotfiring operationsSupport shotfiring operationsN/A
RIIMPO308B - Conduct tracked dozer operationsConduct tracked dozer operationsN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 312611 Safety Inspector 
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 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Mineral Mining Exploration 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Open Cut Examiner 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 312611 Safety Inspector 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 511 Certificate IV 21/Mar/2012 
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Modification History

Change to packaging rule for imported or other units


This qualification reflects the role of employees working as an open cut examiner in a surface coal mine. They perform tasks involving a broad range of varied activities most of which are complex and non-routine. They are responsible for the quantity and quality of the output of others and contribute to the development of technical solutions to non-routine problems.

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: 


  • provide clear and direct feedback
  • listen carefully to instructions and information
  • read and interpret project plans and safety signs
  • calculate basic weights, distances and volumes
  • complete accurate work plans, technical reports, risk assessments, etc
  • negotiate solutions to customer and workplace based issues
  • negotiate project details with clients
  • network with other professionals working in the same field
  • adjust communication style to meet the needs of people with diverse backgrounds


  • plan and lead team performance and operations
  • coordinate project activities and timelines with clients
  • 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
  • provide feedback and advice to staff
  • participate in site-wide planning and coordination activities


  • re-allocate staff and resources in response to changing weather, site conditions and priorities
  • work with staff to solve problems and coordinate team members’ responsibilities and activities
  • work cooperatively with clients to resolve contract and operational issues
  • participate in ongoing review and adjustment of operations against performance indicators and project milestones
  • identifies and comprehends relevant mathematical information in familiar activities or texts
  • selects and uses appropriate familiar mathematical problem-solving strategies to solve problems in familiar contexts

Initiative and enterprise

  • act independently to identify potential improvements to working practice and conditions
  • identify and take steps to resolve risks in the workplace
  • encourage the exploration and application of innovative approaches to improve on operational performance

Planning and organising

  • manage and coordinate time and priorities for self and team
  • identify and obtain appropriate personnel and resources for work
  • ensure that risks are assessed and appropriate emergency plans are in place
  • ensure that project planning incorporates the possibility of adapting to future changes


  • take responsibility for ensuring team targets and goals are achieved
  • understand the standard of work expected at the work site
  • proactively manage team performance
  • develop trust and confidence in staff and customers


  • 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
  • participate in and, where appropriate, lead change processes
  • work with staff to create learning and development plans
  • prepare and lead formal or informal training sessions


  • apply a range of basic IT skills in monitoring and reporting on systems
  • operate equipment safely and according to manufacturer and workplace guidelines
  • use communications technology appropriate to the workplace (email, mobile, radio, etc)
  • use computer technology to monitor and communicate project status
  • use IT to create documents and maintain records of work activities

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 three (3) must come from the Group A electives listed below
  • up to one (1) from the Group B electives listed below, or from AQF level III, IV or Diploma in 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


Support shotfiring operations



Conduct surface shotfiring operations 


Store, handle and transport explosives


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Apply and monitor surface operations emergency preparedness and response procedures


Apply and monitor systems and methods of surface coal mining


Monitor interaction of heavy and light vehicles and mining equipment


Conduct safety and health investigations


Examine and maintain mine safety


Implement and monitor health and hygiene management systems


Carry out the risk management processes

Group A electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Conduct surface blast hole drilling operations


Conduct hydraulic excavator operations


Conduct hydraulic shovel operations


Conduct rope shovel operations


Conduct wheel loader operations


Conduct tracked dozer operations


Conduct grader operations


Conduct haul truck operations


Conduct scraper operations


Conduct dragline operations

Group B Electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies


Implement workplace information system


Promote innovation in a team environment


Develop teams and individuals


Show leadership in the workplace


Implement operational plan


Develop work priorities


Communicate information


Lead rescue team


Supervise mobile plant operations


Apply the principles of earthworks construction


Plan and organise assessment


Assess competence