Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as a supervisor or team leader working in an open cut mine or quarry. 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, contribute to the development of technical solutions to non-routine problems and apply safety management plans to the workplace.


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:

five (5) core units, and

eight (8) elective units of which:

at least two (2) must come from the Group A electives listed below

up to four (4) from the Group B electives listed below

up to two (2) 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

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic RIICOM301B

Communicate information

add topic RIIGOV401B

Apply, monitor and report on compliance systems

add topic RIIRIS401B

Apply site risk management system

And either

add topic BSBOHS407A

Monitor a safe workplace


add topic RIIOHS402A

Examine and maintain mine safety

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIBLA401A

Manage blasting operations

add topic RIIBHD401A

Supervise blast hole drilling operations

add topic RIICAR401A

Supervise rehabilitation operations

add topic RIIERR302A

Respond to local emergencies and incidents(Mandatory for Coal)

add topic RIIERR401B

Apply and monitor surface operations emergency preparedness and response systems(Mandatory for Coal)

add topic RIIMEX401A

Apply pit plan

add topic RIIMEX402A

Supervise dredging operations

add topic RIIMEX404B

Apply and monitor systems for stable mining

add topic RIIMEX405A

Apply and monitor systems and methods of surface coal mining

add topic RIIMPO401A

Supervise mobile plant operations

add topic RIIMPO403A

Monitor the interaction of heavy and light vehicles and mining equipment

add topic RIIPRO401A

Supervise processing operations

add topic RIIPRO402A

Supervise recycled materials operations

add topic RIIRAI401A

Apply and monitor mine services and infrastructure systems

add topic RIIRAI402A

Apply and monitor site plant and resource management plan

add topic RIISRM401A

Apply and monitor the site stockpile management plan

add topic RIIWBP401A

Apply and monitor site waste and by-products management plan

add topic RIIWMG401A

Apply and monitor the site water management plan

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBCUS401A

Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

add topic BSBFIA402A

Report on financial activity

add topic BSBINM401A

Implement workplace information system

add topic BSBLED401A

Develop teams and individuals

add topic BSBMGT401A

Show leadership in the workplace

add topic BSBMGT402A

Implement operational plan

add topic BSBSMB403A

Market the small business

add topic BSBSMB404A

Undertake small business planning

add topic BSBSMB402A

Plan small business finances

add topic BSBWOR404B

Develop work priorities

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply first aid


add topic RIIERR205A

Apply initial response first aid (Mandatory for Coal)

add topic ICAU3126B

Use advanced features of computer applications

add topic RIIBLA301A

Conduct surface shotfiring operations

add topic RIIBLA402A

Monitor and control the effects of blasting on the environment

add topic RIICCR401A

Develop and maintain positive community relations

add topic RIIENV401A

Supervise dust and noise control

add topic RIIERR201A

Conduct fire team operations

add topic RIIERR301A

Respond to mine incident

add topic RIIERR310A

Provide support for rescue operations

add topic RIIERR403A

Lead rescue team

add topic RIIOHS301A

Conduct safety and health investigations

add topic RIIOHS401A

Supervise work in confined spaces

add topic RIIQUA401A

Apply quality management system on site

add topic RIIRIS301B

Apply risk management processes

add topic RIISAM401A

Apply site plant, equipment and infrastructure maintenance management plan

add topic RIISAM402A

Supervise operation of electrical equipment and installations

add topic RIISAM403A

Commission/recommission plant

add topic TAEASS301B

Contribute to assessment

add topic TAAASS401C

Plan and organise assessment

add topic TAEASS402B

Assess competence

add topic TAEASS403B

Participate in assessment validation

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

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