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Ventilation Officer Underground Coal Mine

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This course will assist in your preparation to take on the key role of Ventilation Officer at an underground coal mine site.  The units of competency are nationally accredited and cover managing, operating and maintaining the ventilation system and understanding the impact of spontaneous combustion, gas drainage, gas management and outburst on the mine’s ventilation system. 

The course has been developed based on recommendations from industry stakeholders. It is designed to ensure that you gain robust knowledge and skills to competently and consistently manage the range of tasks required in mine ventilation, with the goal of taking the next step in your mining career and progressing to a Ventilation Officer.

The Trainer Assessors, Dr. Rick Brake of Mines Ventilation Australia Pty Ltd and Martin Watkinson of Simtars are recognised globally for their skills and knowledge in Mines Ventilation and Engineering.

Ventilation Officer Underground Coal Mine 

    Target Audience


Persons wanting to become a Ventilation Officer at an underground coal mine. From 11 November 2019, ventilation officers appointed at an underground coal mine are required to have a certificate of competency. Transitional provisions allow a 3-year window for coal mine operators to action this requirement.

    Course  Description   

This course will prepare you to take on the key role of Ventilation Officer at an underground coal mine site.  The units of competency are nationally accredited and cover managing, operating, and maintaining the ventilation system and understanding the impact of spontaneous combustion, gas drainage, gas management and outburst on the mine’s ventilation system. 
 
This course has been developed based on recommendations from industry stakeholders.
Upon successful attendance and completion of all assessments, you will be issued a Statement of Attainment from Simtars (RTO 45647).  Two days of Ventsim training are now included in this course. On completion of this training, you will be issued with a Certificate of Completion for Ventsim Training.

The skills and knowledge gained from this course, plus the experience gained with Ventsim, the oral presentation and case study assessments and the Mentor program, provide a strong background for your competency at the Board of Examiners.

The Trainer Assessors are:
Martin Watkinson of Simtars is recognised globally for his skills and knowledge in Mines Ventilation and Engineering.

Dr D. J. (Rick) Brake, a Chartered Practicing Mining Engineer with 30 years experience in underground and open cut operations in senior planning and operating roles in Australia and North America. He has published extensively in the areas of mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling, emergency egress and entrapment and human heat stress. He has been honoured by the Society of Mining Engineers with the Howard Hartman award.
    Course Dates            


Next  intake: May 2024
 
    Duration        

12 Months 
 
    Mode of Delivery

Face to Face Workshops
 
    Delivery Location

May 2024 Intake:  Workshops 1, 2 & 3 Simtars Redbank, Workshop 4 Mackay
    Course Cost

$24,000.00 (Ventsim Training included)
 
    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           

                    Location              

Workshop Start
                                    Date & Topic                                       

Workshop End
Date

1
Redbank 20 May
Ventilation
24 May 
2
Redbank 3 June 
Ventsim (3 - 4 June)
Respirable Dust
Emergency Preparedness
7 June
3
Redbank 26 August
Spon Com
Gas Management
30 August
4 Mackay 11 November
Gas Drainage
Outburst
15 November
 
 

Training                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

The following units are delivered in a clustered arrangement:

RIIUND601E - Establish and maintain ventilation management systems
RIIUND603D - Manage, operate and maintain the mine ventilation system
RIIMCU601E - Establish and maintain spontaneous combustion management systems
RIIMCU602E - Establish and maintain gas management systems
RIIMCU603D - Establish and maintain the gas drainage management plan     
          RIIMCU604D - Establish and maintain the outburst management plan                                                                                                                     
Two days of Ventsim training is included in this course in workshop 2.  If you require an extension beyond the 12 months, there will be an additional cost for the extension of the ventsim licence where necessary.

 
Face-to-face workshops
  • You will participate in 4 face-to-face workshops of 5 days each, delivered over a period of 12 months. Workshops are spaced a few months apart, to allow time to practice your skills in the workplace in between workshops.
  • The Ventsim training will be a 2-day workshop, included in workshop 2. Cost is included in the program, unless you require an extension for the ventsim licence.
  • The course will provide the learners with a trainer contact time of 20 days in total of face-to-face classroom learning. This contact time will allow sufficient time for the learning concepts to be understood.  Workshops are spaced several months apart, to allow time to practice your skills in the workplace in between workshops.
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 30 hours to complete prior to each workshop.  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. You will be required to meet with your mentors on a regular basis (monthly) and your activities will require sign-off by each mentor.  This will be varied by Simtars.


Assessment

  • Practical Assessments and Mentoring will occur back at the workplace.
  • To obtain the units of competency, you will be required to undertake written assessments, workplace projects/case studies, and a workplace log book with Ventilation Officer/Supervisor verification.  
 Ventilation Officer log book verification
  • You will need to organise a Ventilation Officer or Supervisor to sign to confirm your workplace log book activities were completed by you and that you have discussed your findings with them. 
  • Simtars will contact your Mentors to verify the information provided.

 Trainer Assessor 

  • Dr Rick Brake
  • Martin Watkinson 

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 20 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 hold at least 1 of the following units of competency before enrolling in this course:
    • RIIRIS402E – Carry out the risk management process
    • RIIRIS601E – Establish and maintain the risk management systems
  •  It is highly recommended that you are proficient in the use of  Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook prior to enrolment, with some experience in Ventsim.  If you require an upgrade to your computer skills, we recommend using the free online tutorials available from Microsoft or else attend a short course. ​

Foundation skill requirements

  • To study on this course, you will be required to have core skills at Level 5, or the ability to reach Level 5 with support, on the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).
  • You must demonstrate prior to enrolment that you are at or have the ability to reach Level 5 in Numeracy and English on the LLND Assessment tool.  Simtars will support you in using activities in the LLND program to bring up your Numeracy and English skills in any areas required.
  • Simtars uses the LLND Robot online system as an LLND Assessment tool to assess Language, Literacy, Numeracy (LLN) and foundation skills.
  • There are exceptions in not completing the LLND assessment for this course based on the following criterias:
    • If you have a qualification higher than a Level 5 you will not be required to complete the LLND component for this course.
    • For an exemption you will need to provide a copy of your Level 6 or higher qualification/certificate as evidence ie. Advanced Diploma or Bachelor Degree
  • 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:
  • Laptop with internet access, and licenced copies of Microsoft Excel  and Outlook account set up for emails
  • Simtars will provide you with a temporary Ventsim licence for the duration of the course (12 months, if an extension is required there will be an additional cost)
  • Access to an underground coal mine (including access to the SHMS)
  • Agreement from a Ventilation Officer/Supervisor to verify your assessment activities
  • Access to mentors (worksite personnel) at your mine (or in your mining company).• A scientific calculator or phone with scientific calculation ability
  • 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.
  • Access to Wi-Fi (will be provided in whilst in workshop)
  • Writing materials

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 via email Part B Application of Enrolment with the Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment, complete it ASAP or email certificate if you have a qualification higher than a Level 5.
  • 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 

  • $24,000 (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:
  • 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, you will be issued a Statement of Attainment from Simtars (RTO 45647) for the six Units of Competency and a Certificate of Completion for Ventsim training.

Board of Examiners 

  • Following successful completion of this qualification, you will need to apply for Board of Examiners assessment in order to achieve a Ventilation Officer Certificate of Competency. 
  • This cost is not included in the course.


*Dates are subject to change and minimum class numbers apply.
 

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