Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

Note: This is a non-accredited course

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The Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations provides students with the fundamental skills and knowledge that reflects the role of employees such as production operators in an open cut mine or quarry. This qualification enables participants to develop a broad range of knowledge and skills that is in a variety of different work environments.

This qualification provides a general vocational outcome.

Individuals with this qualification perform tasks in a variety of contexts, which involve some judgement in selecting equipment and services. Job roles vary across different industry sectors.

With a wide variety of units on scope, Martyr Training Services can deliver specialty training that meets the unique training needs of each student.  

Subject to the sector of your workplace, activities may include:

  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Risk management
  • Machine operations
  • High-risk machinery operations
  • Safely shifting materials
  • Civil construction operations

Course Requirements

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

13 units of competency, made up of:

  • 3 core units, plus
  • 10 elective units

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students in years 10-12 may apply
  • The minimum age for a traineeship that is not school-based is 16 years of age
  • While undertaking training, trainees will be required to work outside in the field
  • Trainees must be capable of working with minimal supervision
  • Compliance with occupational health and safety practices, including the use of personal protective equipment, is compulsory

*please download and read the course flyer for further information

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but currently Queensland Transport will grant three hours of logbook time for each hour with an accredited instructor for up to 10 hours. This means that just ten lessons with one of our trainers will make up 30 hours in the logbook.

While it is not a requirement to have lessons with an accredited assessor, it does offer invaluable experience for first-time drivers. Our experienced driving instructors are trained well above industry standard and participate in ongoing professional development and support – they are up to date with any changes in road rules. At Martyr Training Services, your safety is our priority. All of our vehicles are dual-controlled, meaning our assessors can step in to prevent an accident if needed.

Some people may only require one or two lessons, others may require more – it will depend on your driving experience, the frequency of driving lessons, and your confidence on the road. Your driving instructor will advise you of recommendations after each lesson.

We sure can! Please note, Queensland Transport charges a booking fee, which is be additional to the cost of your test. If you cancel your driving test, you will be refunded the amount less the booking surcharge.

Absolutely! This is something that all driver trainers should offer free of charge. When you book your driving test, just provide us with a pick-up and drop-off destination.

While we have given this a significant amount of consideration, this is not an option that we will be offering any time soon. We do not believe that it is in the best interest of our students to offer training in a vehicle that is not fitted with dual-control safety breaks. We understand how scary it can be getting behind the wheel for the first time, and we know that anxiousness can lead to simple mistakes. When you learn in a Martyr Training vehicle, our driver trainer is able to step in as needed to avoid accidents before the happen. At MTS, we have your safety in mind.

What is a non-accredited course?

Non-accredited training refers to a structured course that has no connection to an external accreditation or professional body and does not lead to a qualification within the Australia Qualifications Framework (AQF). Non-accredited training focuses on the development of specific knowledge and skillset.These programs are designed to prepare participants for a driving test with Queensland Transport and Main Roads.

Course code:

RII30115 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations

Course duration:

Approx. 2 years




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