Course Details

Maintenance of Competencies for Deputies/ERZ Controllers

The maintenance of competencies is aimed at Deputies who would like to further develop and strengthen their skills in a core competency. The programs are offered as a non-accredited face-to-face workshop. 

The Learner may elect to complete the accredited portion of the program at a later date
(cost will apply) 


Maintenance of Competencies for Deputies/ERZ Controllers 

    Target Audience

Persons wanting to develop further skills and knowledge in a particular core competency

    Course  Description   

Simtars will deliver 14 nationally accredited units, which includes the three SSHR units as non accredited training. The course is tailored to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary for your role as a Deputy/ ERZ Controller. 

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.

    Course Dates            

Starting from 10 May 2021 – 9 May 2022

4 Days 
    Mode of Delivery

4 Day Face to Face Workshops
    Delivery Location

    Course Cost

$1400 per Workshop 

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


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




RIIUND401E Apply and monitor the ventilation management plan




RIIMCU403E Apply and monitor the gas management plan




RIIMCU404E Apply and monitor the gas drainage management plan




RIIMCU408E Apply the spontaneous combustion management plan




RIIMCU406E Apply and monitor the inrush management plan




RIIMCU407E Apply and monitor the strata management plan




RIIMCU405D Apply and monitor the outburst management plan




RIIMEX406D Apply and monitor mine transport system and production equipment




RIIRAI401D Apply and monitor mine services and infrastructure systems

Jan 2002
Date TBC



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

Feb 2022
Date TBC



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 



Face-to-face workshops
  • You will participate in a face-to-face workshop between Monday and Thursday. 


  • You will be required to complete some online assessments following which you will be provided a Certificate of Completion in Refresher Training for the particular workshop you have attended. 
  • To obtain the units of competency, you will be required to undertake written assessments, workplace projects/case studies and a workplace logbook with Deputy/ ERZ Controller verification.
  • Upon successful completion of all assessments, you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment from Simtars (RTO 45647) for the units successfully completed.

Trainer Assessor details

Greg Hunt of OH&S Consultancy 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 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.
  • Preferably hold a Deputy's Ticket or higher

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 an eLearning solution to assess Language, Literacy, Numeracy (LLN) and foundation skills. This LLN is offered prior to enrolment, as you may decide to progress to completion of the assessments to gain a Statement of Attainment for that particular unit of competency.
  • Prior to enrolment you will be sent an email with a link to complete the LLN initial assessment. If you do not reach the required foundation level, the LLN 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, 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  



  • $1400 per workshop
  • 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


  • Upon successful attendance of all 4 days and any required assessments, you will be provided with a Certificate of Completion 
  • Should you wish to be issued with a Statement of Attainment from Simtars (RTO 45647) then you will need to complete additional assessments and pay the nominated fees.


Upcoming Programs

There are currently no openings available for this course.