Course Details

Advanced Diploma of Underground Coal Mining Management

Are you ready to take the next step in your mining career? Do you want to make a difference to the operation and safety of mining operations at your workplace? Are you keen to progress to the role of First Class Mine Manager?
Simtars will provide you with a solid pathway to that senior management and leadership role. Our comprehensive training, provided by professional, internationally recognised trainers, will support your progression into a Mine Manager role. The course covers the topics of risk management, gas management, mine ventilation, spontaneous combustion, and inrush management and will further develop your leadership and communication skills to a high level.

The qualification includes 13 nationally accredited units of competency, twelve of these will be delivered by Simtars in this course, whilst the shot firing unit must be obtained from another provider. The course is delivered and assessed over a period of 12 months, with 12 face to face workshops of 5 days each.
The technical and leadership skills developed in this course, will provide you with the capability to ensure a safe working environment at your mine and to effectively apply the statutory requirements.


First Class Mine Managers Course

RII60320 Advanced Diploma of Coal Mining Management 

    Target Audience

Persons wanting to become a First Class Mine Manager at an underground coal mine.

    Course  Description     

The qualification will assist your pathway in to a role as a First Class Mine Manager. It will provide you with comprehensive safety knowledge and skills and strong leadership abilities for building a safe environment at your mine site.
The units are tailored to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare you for the statutory Board of Examination process for First Class Mine Manager in both New South Wales and Queensland.

Simtars delivers and assesses 12 of the nationally accredited units required for the full qualification and you must obtain the shot firing unit from another provider. The units are tailored to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare you for the consequent statutory Board of Examination process for First Class Mine Manager in both New South Wales and Queensland.

Upon successful attendance and completion of all assessments plus credit transfer for the shot firing unit, you will be issued a full qualification from Simtars (RTO 45647) for RII60320 Advanced Diploma of Mining Management. 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. This flexibility will suit those who wish to complete the qualification over a number of years or for Maintenance of Competencies.

Our Trainer Assessor, Phil Reed is recognised globally for his skills and experience in mine management and environmental engineering.

          The structured mentor program offered within this course, supports students to prepare for             
 Board of Examiners Assessment.
         The industry-led trainer contact time for this course is 60 days in total of face-to-face classroom 
         learning, which ensures that contact time is sufficient time to ensure learning concepts are
    Course Dates            

3 May 2021 – 29 May 2022

12 Months 
    Mode of Delivery

Face-to-Face Workshops
    Delivery Location

    Course Cost

$34,980 (GST exempt)

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

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

Proposed Workshop Dates



Workshop Start

Workshop End


RIIERR602E - Establish and maintain underground coal mine emergency preparedness and response systems

3/05/2021 7/05/2021


RIIMCU601E - Establish and maintain the spontaneous combustion management plan     




RIIMCU602E – Establish and maintain gas management systems




RIIMCU604D – Establish and maintain the outburst management plan

26/07/2021 30/07/2021

RIIMCU605E - Establish and maintain the inrush management systems




RIIMCU606E- Establish and maintain the mining method and strata management systems





​RIIRAI603E - Establish and maintain mine transport systems and production equipment




RIIRAI604E - Establish and maintain mine services and infrastructure systems
15/11/2021 19/11/2021

RIIRIS601E - Establish and maintain the risk management system
13/12/2021 17/12/2021

RIIUND601E - Establish and maintain ventilation management systems
10/01/2022 14/01/2022

RIIGOV601E - Establish, maintain and develop a statutory compliance management system
Feb 2022
Date TBC

RIIWHS601E - Establish and maintain the Workplace Health and Safety management system
Mar 2022
Date TBC



Face-to-face workshops
  • You will participate in one 5-day workshop per month for each of the 12 workshops over a period of 12 months. Monday to Friday for each workshop will be face to face training; Friday will allow commencement of work preparation and assessment. The trainer assessor will be in attendance to support your progress. This allows time for learners to complete the assessment work prior to the next workshop. 
Trainer Assessor details
Phil Reed,  Reed Mining Consultants

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 materials prior to attending the workshop as these 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, 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.


  • To obtain the units of competency, you will be required to undertake written assessments, workplace projects/case studies and a workplace logbook with First Class Mine Manager.
  • 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 RII60320 Advanced Diploma of Mining Management.
  • 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. This option will suit those who wish to complete the qualification over a number of years or for Maintenance of Competencies.

First Class Mine Manager logbook verification

You will need to organise the First Class Mine Manager to sign and confirm your workplace logbook activities were completed by you and that you have discussed your findings with them. Simtars’ assessor will contact the First Class Mine Manager to verify the information provided. You can request an extension of time to submit assessments.

Trainer Assessor details

Phil Reed of Reed Mining Consultants Pty Ltd

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 First Class Mine Manager at the mine (to verify your workplace log book).
  • Demonstrate that you are at or exceed level 5 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 5, or the ability to reach level 5 with support, on the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). Simtars has a 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 current recognised Standards (Coal Mines)
  • 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  



  • $34,980 (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

Board of Examiners 

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


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