Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations


Become a Surface Extraction Plant Operator

Specialised Training in Resource Surface Extraction

Got tonnes of experience in the resource sector?
Keen to move into mining?
Love working with large earthmoving equipment?

If your goal is to work in quarry operations or extractive mines with mammoth earth moving equipment – then the RII30120 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations is for you. Or, maybe you’re already in the space and it’s finally time to get qualified. Either way, upon successful completion of this surface extraction qualification, you will be skilled to work across a number of industry sectors such as Mechanical Engineering, Mineral Mining Exploration, Coal Mining, Quarrying and more.

This surface extraction course covers the technical and practical skills in operating light vehicles, conducting a hydraulic excavator, wheel loader and dozer operations as well as how to provide first aid and respond to site-based spills.

The RII30120 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations is a nationally accredited qualification.

Why Bother?

  • Dig in and gain your nationally recognised qualification for greater career opportunities
  • Support from highly qualified trainers
  • Flexible study options available – earn while you learn*
  • On the job training

Job Prospects

Production operator
Quarry operator
Plant operations worker

Study Mode

Flexible Delivery With Workbook

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Discover what it’s like to study Surface Extraction.


I achieved my qualification and have secured my future in the business, as my employer in time, will be handing over the business to me to operate, now being qualified I am more confident in doing so.”

Student Q&A: Gary Roberts
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Course Structure

What you’ll learn

This surface extraction course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to confidently work in surface extraction. It is aimed at anyone wanting to work in roles that operate large earthmoving equipment in the mining or quarry industries.

Ways to study

Recognition of Prior Learning

Your experience adds up and you can use this to fast-track your qualification.  If you’ve got a tonne of industry experience this can be used to gain part or all of your qual.

Onsite Training

We like to think this is a bit of a game changer! Learn onsite, while you work. This means less time off the tools and more time focused on practical skills.


Sometimes we like to do it old-school! If you’re better on the tools than on a computer – we’ve got your back! At FTA, we’re determined to ensure you learn how you learn best.

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in 3 core and 10 elective units.

Core Units (3)

  • RIIENV201E        Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns
  • RIIRIS301DE         Apply risk management processes
  • RIIWHS201E       Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

Suggested Elective Units (10)

  • RIICOM302E      Communicate information
  • RIIGOV201E       Comply with site work processes/procedures
  • RIIPRO301D       Conduct crushing and screening plant operations
  • RIIMPO302E      Conduct hydraulic shovel operations
  • RIIMPO303E      Conduct rope shovel operations
  • RIIMPO3035F    Conduct coal stockpile dozer operations
  • RIIMPO309E       Conduct telescopic materials handler operations
  • RIIMPO301E       Conduct hydraulic excavator operations
  • RIIRIS202E         Respond to site-based spills
  • RIIRIS201E         Conduct local risk control

It is critical that you have confidence in the skills of your workers and that means trusting the authenticity and currency of their training.  We have stringent curriculum requirements and make no excuses about this because, it delivers results. Especially, when it comes to your assurance in quality training. That is what makes us different.

  • Customised training plans that suit your timeline requirements
  • Our Trainers share your background, having worked in resource extraction for many years, they are current with industry.
  • We are known for being responsive.
  • Meet your contract training requirements.
  • Onsite training, we come to you.
  • Production operator
  • Quarry operator
  • Plant operations worker
  • Mine worker

The course duration will vary depending on your experience, skills and chosen study mode. As a guide:

  • Between 12 – 24 months depending on your current experience and skills
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL): 3-6 months – eligibility criteria apply

This Certificate III requires learners to keep a logbook throughout their training and complete theory and practical based assessments.

We require our students to be currently working in the industry with guidance from a trade qualified personnel.

Let’s talk about the money

Ready to take the leap towards your nationally recognised qualification? View the range of funding options available to assist both students and employers in gaining valuable training.

Fee For Service

Fee For Service

Our flexible Fee For Service model accommodates individuals ready to start their qualification today while making ongoing, manageable payments.

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We embrace lifelong learning

We are the benchmark in education and training performance and we’re bloody good at it.

Learner Support

Our trainers have years of hands on experience in extraction sector, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge throughout your course.

Limitless Learning

We believe that everyone should be able to learn in inspiring ways. That’s why we deliver training how you learn best plus, you get your own Learning Engagement Officer to support your progress through the course.

Recognised Qualifications

This surface extraction course is nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia with confidence.