RII40120 - Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations

This qualification reflects the role of individuals such as supervisors and team leaders working open cut mines or quarries.

Course Overview

Are you looking to advance your career in the mining or quarrying industry? Do you aspire to become a supervisor or team leader and take on more responsibilities? Look no further than our comprehensive course in open cut mine and quarry supervision.

This qualification is designed for individuals who are ready to take on challenging roles and perform complex, non-routine activities in open cut mines or quarries. As a supervisor or team leader, you will be responsible for ensuring the quantity and quality of output of others, contributing to technical solutions for non-routine problems, and applying safety management plans to the workplace.


Our course includes the highly regarded S123 Supervisor Course, as well as mandatory units of competency for QLD SSE Notice and NSW Emergency Management Modules. In addition, we offer a range of other industry-relevant units of competency to ensure you are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in your role.


By completing this course, you will not only enhance your career prospects and earning potential, but also gain the confidence and expertise to make a positive impact in your workplace. Enrol now and take the first step towards an exciting and fulfilling career in open cut mine and quarry supervision.



9-12 months


Face to face training. Gain real world skills.


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Career opportunities

Mineral Processing Supervisor | Open Cut Mine Supervisor


A combination of core and elective units of competency | Nationally recognised

Entry requirements

No formal prerequisites | RPL available


Various industry pathways


Experienced industry experts


Combination of theoretical assessments and hands-on practical assessments in person.

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Course Delivery and Duration

Our guides and assessments have been uniquely developed to best equip you for the real world! We have ensured you will remain engaged while completing your studies and provide real life, relatable scenarios to set you up for your future!


This course takes approximately 12 months to achieve the Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations. The course is designed as hands on practical learning, and is conducted at any of our training centres located in Queensland or at your work site. Based on demand, other training venues and locations may become available throughout the year.   

Career Opportunities and Pathways

Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations is a nationally recognized qualification that provides the necessary skills and knowledge to work as a supervisor or a safety advisor in the mining industry. The program covers topics such as mine safety, environmental management, mining planning, and mineral processing and provides career opportunities for graduates of Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations including:


Mineral Processing Supervisor: A Mineral Processing Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the process of extracting minerals from raw ore. They work in processing plants, ensuring that the plant runs efficiently, and that the quality of the final product meets industry standards.


Open Cut Mine Supervisor: An Open Cut Mine Supervisor is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of an open-cut mine. This involves supervising workers, monitoring production levels, and ensuring that safety procedures are followed.


Quarry Supervisor: A Quarry Supervisor oversees the operations of a quarry, which involves extracting materials such as limestone, sand, and gravel. They manage workers, monitor production levels, and ensure that safety procedures are followed.


Safety Advisor: A Safety Advisor is responsible for ensuring that safety procedures are in place and adhered to on a mine site. They conduct safety audits, develop safety procedures, and provide training to workers on safe work practices.


In total, you need to complete all core and 19 elective units from the list below. These units will be confirmed at time of enrolment. This qualification is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and upon completion you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.


Core units

RIICOM301E    Communicate information

RIIENV302E    Apply environmentally sustainable work practices

RIIGOV401E    Apply, monitor and report on compliance systems

RIIRIS401E    Apply site risk management system


Plus 9 Elective units to be confirmed at time of enrolment.

Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course however students will require:

A sufficient level of language, literacy and numeracy is required for students to be able to complete the required assessments

Support and assessments

Our trainers are dedicated to helping you succeed and will be available to answer your questions and provide feedback on your progress. They will provide you with the guidance and support you need to fully understand the course material, as well as offer suggestions for further learning opportunities.


We offer traditional face-to-face training for this qualification, providing a comprehensive and engaging learning experience that brings together both learner and trainer-centered approaches. Our objective is to facilitate a dynamic, interactive, and supportive environment that fosters skill development, knowledge retention, and practical application.

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Upon completion of the course, you will possess not only real-world skills and understanding, but also a nationally recognized and accredited qualification. Apply your skills in a dynamic new position or pursue a new exciting career path - start your future now and enquire below!

Upcoming Programs

Name Location Cost
Certificate IV in Surface Extractions (Cairns) - 2024 Cairns $10,290.00
Certificate IV in Surface Extractions (Gold Coast) - 2024 Gold Coast $9,290.00
Certificate IV in Surface Extractions (Moranbah) - 2024 Moranbah $15,430.00