Application Course Details

Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations

RII40420

Are you ready to take the next step in your mining career? Do you want to ensure a safe working environment at your mine and to apply the statutory requirements?

Simtars is keen to provide you with a solid pathway to a more senior role as Deputy/ERZ Controller. Our comprehensive training will bring out the best in you your technical skills and will further develop your leadership and communication skills to enable you to manage your district team as a capable, effective leader. 

 

Deputies/ERZ Controllers Course

RII40420 Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations

    Target Audience


Persons wanting to become frontline supervisors as a Deputy/ERZ Controller at an underground coal mine.
 

    Course  Description   
 

This course will prepare you for a frontline supervisor’s role as a Deputy/ERZ Controller at an underground coal mine.

Simtars delivers and assesses 14 nationally accredited units, which includes the three SSHR units. You must obtain the shot firing unit from another provider. The course is tailored to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare you for the statutory examination process for mine Deputy/ERZ Controller in both New South Wales and Queensland. 

Our Trainer Assessor, Greg Hunt has delivered this qualification for ten years. He has over 40 years of high-quality experience in coal mining in Australia and internationally.

The trainer contact time is 55 days in total of face-to-face classroom learning, which allows sufficient contact time for learning concepts to be understood.

 

 
    Course Dates            

TBC
 
    Duration        

12 Months 
 
    Mode of Delivery

Face to Face Workshops
 
    Delivery Location

TBC
 
    Course Cost

$23980
 
    Training

Course pre-readings, videos, activities, Face-to-Face Workshops and Mentoring
 
    Assessments

Written assessments, workplace projects, case study, oral presentation, Supervisor Verification (logbook)
 
 
 
 

Proposed Workshop Dates

Week

Unit 

Workshop Start
Date 

Workshop End
Date

1


RIIERR402E Apply and monitor underground coal mine emergency preparedness and response systems
 

TBC

TBC

2


RIIUND401E Apply and monitor the ventilation management plan
 

 

 

3


RIIMCU403E Apply and monitor the gas management plan
 

 

 

4


RIIMCU404E Apply and monitor the gas drainage management plan
 

 

 

5


RIIMCU408E Apply the spontaneous combustion management plan
 

 

 

6


RIIMCU406E Apply and monitor the inrush management plan
 

 

 

7


RIIMCU407E Apply and monitor the strata management plan
 

 

 

8


RIIMCU405D Apply and monitor the outburst management plan
 

 

 

9


RIIMEX406D Apply and monitor mine transport system and production equipment
 

 

 

10


RIIRAI401D Apply and monitor mine services and infrastructure systems
 

 

 

11


RIIRIS402E Carry out the risk management processes
RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes
RIICOM301E Communicate information
RIIWHS301E Conduct Safety and Health Investigations
 

 

 

12


BSBMGT401 Show leadership in the workplace
This unit will be online (not at a workshop). You can complete it in your own time throughout the course

Online Module 

 
 
 


Training

Face-to-face workshops
  • You will participate in 1 face-to-face workshop each month for 5 days over the 11 workshops. Monday to Friday for each workshop will be face to face training; Friday will be for commencing work preparation and assessment. This allows time for learners to complete the assessment work prior to the next workshop. 
  • One unit is to be completed online in your own time, BSBMGT401 - Show leadership in the workplace. 
  • The course additionally includes the three units for the Site Safety and Health Representative (SSHR), to be delivered and assessed in Workshop 11 along with unit: RIIRIS402E - Carry out the risk management processes. It is strongly recommended  that the full week is attended as a refresher, as this will support your learning towards the Board of Examiners (BOE) assessment.

Course pre-readings, videos, and activities
  • You will be provided with course pre-readings, videos and activities electronically. It is estimated that these readings, videos and activities will take approximately 15 hours to complete each month. Please ensure that you read the material prior to attending, as these readings will support your learnings and discussions in the classroom.

Mentor program
  • It is recommended that you participate in the mentoring program where you will be required to engage with worksite personnel who can provide support for you throughout your studies. These may include the appointed ventilation officer, technical services manager, gas drainage superintendent, electrical maintenance (gas monitoring) supervisor, ERZ controllers, ventilation officers, First-class mine manager.  
  • Simtars will provide a formal structure to you and your onsite mentors to guide your progress through the mentoring program, which includes a Mentor workbook and activities for you to carry out and discuss with the worksite personnel. It is estimated that the mentoring program will take approximately 290 hours to complete.


Assessment

  • To obtain the units of competency, you will be required to undertake written assessments, workplace projects/case studies and complete a workplace logbook with Deputy/ ERZ Controller verification.
  • Upon successful completion of all assessments, plus successful credit transfer of the shotfiring unit, you will be issued with a full qualification from Simtars (RTO 45647) for RII40420 Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations. If only some of the units are completed, you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment from Simtars (RTO 45647) for the units successfully completed.
 
Deputy/ERZ Controller logbook verification
  • You will need to organise the supervising Deputy/ERZ Controller to confirm your workplace logbook activities were completed by you and that you have discussed your findings with them. Simtars’ assessor will contact the supervising Deputy/ERZ Controller to verify the information provided. You can request an extension of time to submit assessments. See our Learner Handbook for more information.

 Trainer Assessor details

To be advised

Entry requirements

To enrol in this course, you must:
  • Have a minimum of 3 years of recent operational experience at an underground coal mine.
  • Be currently employed in an Australian underground coal mine or by a mining contractor and have access to an underground mine and its safety and health management system (to undertake assessment), and a Deputy/ERZ Controller at the mine (to verify your workplace log book).
  • Demonstrate that you are at or exceed level 4 in foundation skills (see below).
  • Meet the following minimum age requirements:
    • If you work in a mine in Queensland: minimum 18 years of age
    • If you work in a mine in the Northern Territory: minimum 19 years of age
    • If you work in a mine in Tasmania: minimum 19 years of age
    • if you work in a mine in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, or Victoria: minimum 20 years of age
  • It is highly recommended that you are proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook prior to enrolment. If you require an upgrade to your computer skills, we recommend using the free online tutorials available from Microsoft or attending a short course. These courses are not provided by Simtars.

Foundation skill requirements

  • To study in this course, you will be required to have core skills at level 4, or the ability to reach level 4 with support, on the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). Simtars has BKSB eLearning solution to assess Language, Literacy, Numeracy (LLN) and foundation skills.
  • Prior to enrolment you will be sent an email with a link to BKSB to complete the LLN initial assessment. If you do not reach the required foundation level, the BKSB tool can provide tutorials to help you reach the required foundation skill level. For more information about Foundation Skills, see the ‘Choosing your Course’ section in our Learner Handbook.


Materials and equipment required

To study in this course, you must provide the following materials and equipment:
  • A laptop with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook account set up for emails
  • Access to the current Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld)
  • Access to the current Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulation 2017 (Qld)
  • Access to your mine’s SHMS documents including PHMPs, SOPs, Procedures, Standards, TARPs, etc.
  • A USB stick minimum (8GB)
  • Access to Wi-Fi
  • A notebook and pen


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

  • You can apply for RPL for each of the units of competency in this qualification. You will need to supply information on your work history and samples of work and may need to undertake assessments and/or an interview to determine whether you have met the competency standards.
  • RPL is assessed on a case-by-case basis. You can read more about RPL in our Learner Handbook or contact us to discuss your RPL options. 


Apply for enrolment - How to Apply

Complete the Application for Enrolment form online by going to the link: Apply Now
  • You will receive a confirmation email with the Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment or BKSB, complete it asap.
  • Once complete, your application will be reviewed and a letter of offer will be sent to you, should you qualify.
  • You must sign the letter of offer and return to the designated email address.
  • You will then be invoiced for your course.
  • Fees are payable prior to the workshop start date.
  • Your application will be reviewed by Simtars prior to you being offered a place in the course. For more details, please read our Learner Handbook.
Phone: 61 (07)3810 6328  
Email:  training@simtars.com.au 

 

 
Fees 

  • $23980 (GST exempt).
  • For quotations, payment options and company group bookings please contact Simtars.
  • Payment is required prior to all workshops.
  • Where a learner misses a workshop or part of a workshop, Simtars will attempt to place this learner into other courses being conducted. If this is not possible, learners will be required to attend a workshop at the end of the course to undertake the work they have missed. This will incur an additional cost for the supplementary workshop, plus venue and trainer accommodation costs.
  • Fees include costs of flights for the trainer, car hire/transfer costs for the trainer, all course material and pre-course readings during each workshop.
  • Learner accommodation and food are not provided or included in course fees.
  • Government funding or subsidies are currently not available.


Payment Method

We offer the following payment methods for this course:
  • Credit card
  • Purchase order (for approved companies only) 
  • Payments can be made in instalments. Please contact Simtars for details.
For more information about payment methods and payment terms, see the ‘Fees and Refunds’ section of the Learner Handbook.  For further information or to organise payment for your training, please contact Simtars on (07) 3810 6328 or email training@simtars.com.au
 


Completion 

  • Upon successful attendance and completion of all assessments and credit transfers, you will be issued a full qualification for RII40420 Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations.
  • If only some of the units are successfully completed, you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment from Simtars (RTO 45647) for the units successfully completed.


Board of Examiners 

  • Following successful completion of this qualification, you will need to apply for Board of Examiners assessment in order to achieve a Deputy's Certificate of Competency. 
  • The qualification is recognised as a qualifying course for sitting the statutory exams for Mine Deputy in both NSW and Queensland. This cost is not included in the course.


 

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