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RII30120 - Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

Course Details

Course Summary

This course is not available to mainstream students. It is under a third party agreement with BHP Operations Services

Entry Requirements

Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

Where trainees are under the BHPOS FutureFit Academy, they will complete the LLN Robot Assessment and reports provided to CQUniversity to review and apply support where needed through our LLN Team.

BHP recruit entry level employees who are not required to have any prior on-the-job experience.

Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
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Application Mode
  • Other
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Study Area
  • Apprenticeships, Trades & Training
Skill Area
  • Mining
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

This qualification reflects the role of individuals such as production operators, working in open cut coal or metalliferous mines or quarries, who perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures. Trainees will continue their employment onsite and / or may opt to undertake further training to operate other heavy mobile equipment onsite, e.g. watercart, grader or dozer operator.

Delivery Agreement

BHP Operations Services (BHPOS) have a third party agreement with VET Contracts to deliver and assess RII30120 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations to BHPOS trainees at the Mackay FutureFit Academy. The eligible trainees will be User Choice funded with some FFS trainees.  Trainees depending on location will either complete RIIMPO206D or RIIMPO338E

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 3 core units
  2. Complete 10 elective units

Study Mode Definitions

  • Online: Online courses provide the flexibility to study without normally requiring a student to visit a campus. Course content is studied through a number of means including the use of online discussion forums, electronic library resources, by contacting lecturers and teachers, and receiving study materials online/electronically. Work integrated learning, including placements, may be included in some courses.
  • On-campus: Students studying in on-campus mode typically are expected to attend and participate in regular, structured on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the University’s academic term. These activities may include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practice, online or other activities and normally will be timetabled at a CQUniversity campus or approved delivery site.
  • Mixed Mode: Students studying in mixed mode will participate in a combination of online learning activities in addition to site-specific learning activities, which may include residential schools, co-op placements and/or work-integrated learning as a compulsory requirement of a unit. The additional site-specific learning activities are what differentiates a mixed-mode unit from an online unit.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

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Course Assessment Information

RPL - Students who have previous informal and formal learning need to advise their trainer/assessor prior to enrolment. If the student wishes to apply for an RPL they need to apply to the RPL Centre.
Credit transfer - If credit for relevant formal qualifications is sought, then the process will be actioned after the student has enrolled in at least one unit of competency as directed by the relevant trainer/assessor. The Trainer/Assessor will work with the student on their credit transfer application, and provide advice and support as necessary.
Assessment Types
Third Party Verification
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Course Learning Outcomes
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