Unit of competency details

RIISRM302B - Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to RIISRM302D - Conduct stockpile reclaiming operations 13/Nov/2013

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 22/Jun/2011

Qualifications that include this unit

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RII20409 - Certificate II in Underground Metalliferous MiningCertificate II in Underground Metalliferous MiningSuperseded1-3 
RII30311 - Certificate III in Underground Metalliferous MiningCertificate III in Underground Metalliferous MiningSuperseded1-2 
RII30112 - Certificate III in Surface Extraction OperationsCertificate III in Surface Extraction OperationsSuperseded
RII20509 - Certificate II in Resource ProcessingCertificate II in Resource ProcessingSuperseded1-2 
RII20209 - Certificate II in Surface Extraction OperationsCertificate II in Surface Extraction OperationsSuperseded1-2 
RII30411 - Certificate III in Resource ProcessingCertificate III in Resource ProcessingSuperseded1-3 
RII30111 - Certificate III in Surface Extraction OperationsCertificate III in Surface Extraction OperationsSuperseded
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030303 Mining Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030303 Mining Engineering  02/Oct/2012 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the conducting of stockpile reclaiming operations in the coal and metalliferous mining industries. It includes: preparing for stockpile reclaim operations; operating reclaim plant and equipment; and carrying out operator maintenance.

Application of the Unit

This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles, at worksites within:

  • Coal mining
  • Metalliferous mining

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for operations

1.1. Access, interpret and apply compliance documentation  relevant to the conducting of stockpile reclaiming operations

1.2. Obtain, interpret and clarify/confirm work requirements  and shift details  before proceeding

1.3. Access, interpret and apply geological and survey data  required to complete the allocated work

1.4. Carry out worksite inspection and rectify or report hazards  or other notifiable conditions

1.5. Access and apply safety information and procedures  throughout the work

2. Operate plant and equipment

2.1. Coordinate activities  with others at the site prior to commencement of, and during, the work activity

2.2. Carry out pre-start, start-up, park-up and shutdown procedures

2.3. Operate controls to reclaim materials

2.4. Act on or report monitoring systems and alarms

2.5. Load, sample and despatch specified materials

2.6. Recognise and respond to hazardous and emergency situations 

2.7. Complete work in accordance with the agreed plan and outcomes and within the operating capacities of the allocated equipment

2.8. Carry out reporting  and complete and process documents

3. Carry out operator maintenance

3.1. Carry out plant and equipment  inspections and faultfinding

3.2. Carry out routine operational servicing , lubrication and housekeeping  tasks

3.3. Visually inspect structures and components for fault conditions, wear and need of repair or replacement

3.4. Process maintenance records

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

Specific skills are required to achieve the performance criteria in this unit, particularly for the application in the various circumstances in which this unit may be applied. This includes the ability to carry out the following as required to conduct stockpile reclaiming operations:

  • apply legislative, organisation and site requirements and procedures
  • apply operational safety requirements
  • access, interpret and apply technical information
  • apply diagnostic techniques
  • use hand and power tools
  • prepare and communicate reports
  • apply environmental compliance requirements
  • apply procedures for disposal of environmentally sensitive fluids and materials
  • apply records maintenance requirements
  • apply procedures for working at heights

Required knowledge 

Specific knowledge is required to achieve the performance criteria of this unit, particularly its application in a variety of circumstances in which the unit may be used. This includes knowledge of the following as required to conduct stockpile reclaiming operations:

  • site and equipment safety requirements and procedures
  • stockpile management processes
  • reclaimer characteristics, technical capabilities and limitations
  • reclaimer maintenance procedures/reclaimer operating procedures
  • basic mineralogy related to materials quality
  • blending specifications and techniques
  • causes of and responses to spontaneous combustion (coal mining only)
  • environmental requirements and constraints related to reclaim operations
  • recording and reporting processes
  • impact of reclaiming operations on customer quality requirements

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to worksite operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:

  • knowledge of the requirements, procedures and instructions for conducting stockpile reclaiming operations
  • implementation of requirements, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient completion of stockpile reclaiming operations
  • working with others to undertake and complete stockpile reclaiming operations that meets all of the required outcomes
  • consistent timely completion of stockpile reclaiming operations that safely, effectively and efficiently meets the required outcomes

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

  • This unit must be assessed in the context of the work environment. Where personal safety or environmental damage are limiting factors, assessment may occur in a simulated environment provided it is realistic and sufficiently rigorous to cover all aspects of workplace performance, including task skills, task management skills, contingency management skills and job role environment skills.
  • The assessment environment should not disadvantage the participant. For example, language, literacy and numeracy demands of assessment should not be greater than those required on the job.
  • Customisation of assessment and delivery environment to sensitively accommodate cultural diversity.
  • Aboriginal people and other people from a non English speaking background may have second language issues.
  • Assessment of this competency requires typical resources normally used in the work environment. Selection and use of resources for particular worksites may differ due to site circumstances.
  • Where applicable, physical resources should include equipment modified for people with disabilities.
  • Access must be provided to appropriate learning and/or assessment support when required.

Method of assessment 

This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency. The assessment strategy for this unit must verify required knowledge and skill and practical application using more than one of the following assessment methods:

  • written and/or oral assessment of the candidate's required knowledge
  • observed, documented and/or first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:
  • implementation of appropriate requirement, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient achievement of required outcomes
  • consistently achieving the required outcomes
  • first hand testimonial evidence of the candidate's:
  • working with others to undertake and complete stockpile reclaiming operations

Guidance information for assessment 

Consult the SkillsDMC User Guide for further information on assessment including access and equity issues.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Relevant compliance documentation  may include:

  • legislative, organisational and site requirements and procedures
  • manufacturer's guidelines and specifications
  • Australian standards
  • code of practice
  • Employment and Workplace Relations legislation
  • Equal Employment Opportunity and Disability Discrimination legislation

Work requirements  may be in the form of:

  • shift briefings
  • handover details
  • work orders

Shift details  may include:

  • nature and scope of the work
  • working conditions
  • achievement targets
  • site lighting arrangements
  • defects on equipment
  • hazards and potential hazards
  • coordination requirements/issues

Geological and survey data  may include:

  • safety factors relating to natural fall
  • grades
  • levels
  • faults
  • slips
  • strata
  • drainage

Hazards  may include:

  • spontaneous combustion
  • wet weather operations
  • electrical start-up and shutdown
  • belt systems fires
  • electrical fires
  • working with other equipment

Safety information and procedures  may be contained in:

  • legislation and regulations
  • relevant Australian standards
  • management plans
  • OHS policy
  • code of practice
  • manufacturer's instructions
  • safe working procedures (or equivalent)
  • specific safety requirements including:
  • boarding and disembarking procedures
  • identifying and confirming potential hazards
  • relocating and operational signal procedures

Coordination activities  may include:

  • communication with personnel
  • awareness of other support plant
  • equipment

Hazardous and emergency situations  may include:

  • sinking
  • spoil and highwall stabilisation
  • wet weather operation
  • electrical start-up and shutdown
  • belt system fires
  • electrical fires
  • windy and dusty conditions
  • working in close proximity to moving equipment and parts

Reporting  and recording may include:

  • control room log
  • computer reports
  • accident/incident reports
  • check sheets
  • pre-shift equipment reports/defect reports
  • tags
  • work orders

Reclaimer equipment  may include:

  • bucket wheel
  • bridge
  • A-frame
  • driver reclaimers

Other plant and equipment  may include:

  • dozers
  • loaders
  • trucks

Operator service , maintenance and housekeeping  tasks are those established and authorised for the site and may include:

  • cleaning
  • authorised servicing
  • conduct of authorised minor replacements
  • provision of assistance to maintenance personnel during maintenance and repair activities

Unit Sector(s)

Stockpile and Reclaim Material

Competency field

Refer to Unit Sector(s).

Co-requisite units

Not applicable.