Qualification details

RII40412 - Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 29/May/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced21/Mar/2012

Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to RII40411 - Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations 20/Mar/2012
Is superseded by and equivalent to RII40413 - Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations 13/Nov/2013

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBCUS401A - Coordinate implementation of customer service strategiesCoordinate implementation of customer service strategies N/A
BSBINN301A - Promote innovation in a team environmentPromote innovation in a team environment N/A
BSBLED401A - Develop teams and individualsDevelop teams and individuals N/A
BSBMGT401A - Show leadership in the workplaceShow leadership in the workplace N/A
BSBMGT402A - Implement operational planImplement operational plan N/A
BSBMGT403A - Implement continuous improvementImplement continuous improvement N/A
BSBOHS407A - Monitor a safe workplaceMonitor a safe workplace N/A
BSBWOR404B - Develop work prioritiesDevelop work priorities N/A
RIIBLA202B - Support underground shotfiring operationsSupport underground shotfiring operations N/A
RIIBLA302A - Conduct shotfiring operations in underground coal minesConduct shotfiring operations in underground coal mines N/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 511 Certificate IV 

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 511 Certificate IV 21/Mar/2012 
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This qualification reflects the role of employees such as mine supervisor, team leader or deputy, in an underground coal mine who 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, contribute to the development of technical solutions to non-routine problems and apply safety management plans to the workplace.

Pathways Information

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Licensing/Regulatory Information

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Entry Requirements

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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

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 thirteen (13) units of competency made up of:

  • ten (10) core units, and
  • three (3) elective units of which:
  • at least one (1) 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 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 underground shotfiring operations 



Conduct shotfiring operations in underground coal mines 


Apply and monitor underground coal mine emergency preparedness and response systems


Apply and monitor the gas management plan


Apply and monitor the inrush management plan


Apply and monitor the strata management plan


Apply the spontaneous combustion management plan


Apply and monitor mine transport system and production equipment


Apply and monitor mine services and infrastructure systems


Carry out the risk management processes


Apply and monitor the ventilation management plan

Group A 

Unit code

Unit title


Conduct continuous miner operations


Conduct shuttle car operations


Conduct outburst mining operations


Conduct shearer operations


Conduct longwall face equipment operations


Conduct special roadway operations


Apply and monitor the gas drainage management plan


Apply and monitor the outburst management plan


Recover equipment

Group B electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies


Promote innovation in a team environment


Develop teams and individuals


Show leadership in the workplace


Implement operational plan


Implement continuous improvement


Monitor a safe workplace


Develop work priorities


Communicate information


Lead rescue team


Provide leadership in the supervision of Indigenous Australian employees


Conduct safety and health investigations

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