RII40220 Certificate IV in Surface Coal Mining (Open Cut Examiner)

This nationally recognised qualification is a prerequisite for those wanting to be certified as an Open Cut Examiner (OCE) for an above ground coal mine.


Area of Learning — RII40220 Certificate IV in Surface Coal Mining


The Certificate IV in Surface Coal Mining (Open Cut Examiner) is a mandatory qualification for people who don’t have a Bachelor of Mining Engineering through an Australian university but want to perform the role of Open Cut Examiner (OCE) at a surface coal mine or open cut coal mine site.

This qualification will give you skills to manage a broad range of, day-to-day, operational mining activities as well as handle in-depth issues and problems.

You will gain skills in:

  • communication
  • initiative and enterprise
  • leadership and teamwork
  • planning and organising
  • problem solving

  • risk management
  • self-management
  • technology
  • WHS management

This qualification supersedes RII40215 Certificate IV in Surface Coal Mining (Open Cut Examiner) and RII40213 Certificate IV in Surface Coal Mining (Open Cut Examiner).

Program Outline

To complete the qualification you must complete 14 units.

Our programs offer seven, two day, workshops held every two weeks, covering 12 of the 14 units.

The final two elective units are completed by RPL and workplace evidence – you choose based on your experience as an operator. Choose one from Dragline, Shovel & Excavator.

Equipment Prerequisites

The course requirements stipulate that candidates must have at least two (2) equipment skills. One equipment skill must come from Table A. The second skill can come from any of Table A, B, or C as per the packaging rules for the qualification.

Table A

Unit Code Unit Name Elective/Core
RIIMPO301E Conduct hydraulic excavator operations Elective
RIIMPO302E Conduct hydraulic shovel operations Elective
RIIMPO303E Conduct rope shovel operations Elective
RIIMPO329F Conduct dragline operations Elective

Table B

Unit Code Unit Name Elective/Core
RIIBHD301E Conduct blast hole drilling operations Elective
RIIMPO304E Conduct wheel loader operations Elective
RIIMPO308F Conduct tracked dozer operations Elective
RIIMPO310F Conduct grader operations Elective
RIIMPO312E Conduct scraper operations Elective

Table C

Unit Code Unit Name Elective/Core
RIIMPO336E Conduct belly dump truck operations Elective
RIIMPO337E Conduct articulated haul truck operations Elective
RIIMPO338E Conduct haul truck operations Elective

Session dates

August – November 2021 – Newcastle
September – December 2021 – Newcastle

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Who should do this course?

People wanting to work as an Open Cut Examiner (OCE), or a Mine Supervisor. You need to have at least one year’s mining experience using at least two mobile plant pieces of equipment to enroll in this course

An OCE is responsible for ensuring a safe work environment by applying the safety and health management system in and around work areas of surface excavation, including monitoring the quantity and quality of output, supervising others, and applying solutions to non-routine problems.

The process to gain a Certificate of Competence to be an OCE varies between Australian states and territories. In NSW, you need to complete this course (or a Bachelor of Mining Engineering), have minimum industry experience, and pass both an additional written and oral examination. Read this guide from the resources regulator for more information.

Why Forsythes Training?

  • 30+ years’ experience in training
  • Experts in the mining sector
  • Highly qualified trainers with real industry experience
  • Flexible delivery – online and classroom
  • FREE extra student support and resources – online portal and student support days
  • We also offer mentoring for the OCE written and oral examinations (fees apply)

Our lead trainer has more than 35 years’ experience as an engineer and manager in the mining sector. He has both a NSW Open Cut Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency and a NSW Open Cut Examiner’s Certificate of Competency.

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  • student registration process including our refund policy and course cost information
  • student induction
  • student records and information
  • assessment processes and policies
  • rights, responsibilities and standards

  • Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), Recognised Current Competency (RCC), Direct Credit Transfer (DCT)
  • student feedback
  • appeals process
  • WHS policies and procedures
  • the Forsythes Training Guarantee.

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