About the course

About the course

Box Hill Institute has been training people in the extractives industry for over 40 years. Our courses are developed in collaboration with industry and are supported by members of the Construction Materials Processing Association (CMPA) and the Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA).

If you are an operator or team leader who currently work in the extractives or quarrying industry, this surface extraction operations course is for you.

This course reflects the role of employees like production operators in an open cut mine or quarry, who perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.

The course is customised to your workplace. The units explore topics such as environmental considerations, applying risk management processes and working safely. Based on site requirements at the quarry you may select job-specific units such as conduct crushing and screening, conduct weighbridge operations, service and maintain screens to address your training needs. Skill sets are offered as well as the full course.

Box Hill Institute encourages employers to host this training on their site. It allows the students to apply skills in the real workplace environment.

Box Hill Institute offers VOC (Verification of Competency) a method of assessment that assists employers in verifying/confirming the competency levels of employees and contractors who will be required to operate plant and equipment in their workplace.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

All year round, subject to enrolment quotas

Part time: 8 months (generally 2 day blocks on site)

The time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input

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Career Outcomes

This qualification is aimed to help operators work more efficiently and more safely. Ideally, you will already be employed within the industry and this qualification will allow you to fulfil the role of a senior operator, technician or leading hand.

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Entry Requirements

You must be employed in the extractive industries sector


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

You may wish to progress onto the Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Government Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$360$1,800$8,250
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$520$520$520
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$1,129$2,569$9,019
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$1,129$2,569$9,019

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

This course can be highly contextualised. You must complete the units:

  • Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns
  • Apply risk management processes
  • Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

You can choose an additional 10 units that relate to specific job roles and operational areas.

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