If you are currently working as a team leader or supervisor, or you would like to step up to this role in an open cut quarrying or mining operation, the RII50115 Diploma of Surface Operations Management will give you the necessary training you will need to be competent and effective in the role.

This qualification reflects the role of managers in an open cut quarry, who perform tasks involving a high level of autonomy and requiring the application of significant judgement in planning and determining the selection of equipment, roles and techniques for themselves and others. They are required to demonstrate the application of a broad range of technical, managerial, coordination and planning skills and implement safety management plans.

Box Hill Institute has been training people in the Extractives Industry for over 40 years. The course is developed in collaboration with industry and is supported by both the Construction Materials Processing Association (CMPA) and the Institute of Quarrying Australia(IQA). The training delivery takes place primarily at BHI campus in three day blocks and includes some site visits. Course content covers environmental management, community engagement, pit planning, slope stability, managing major incidents and emergencies as well as business management units. The course includes a high degree of collaboration amongst students and people who have completed this course recognise the value of networking with other industry professionals to develop models of best practice.

Interstate participants can attend classes at Box Hill or complete the course via our distance training option.

National Code RII50115
Study Areas Quarrying & Extractive Industries
Study Level Diploma
Study Type Local
Study Mode

Classes in 3 day blocks, once a month over 10 months. Some site visits are included. Interstate participants are welcome. Accommodation is available close to the campus

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Workplace

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $4,900.00
Full Tuition Fee $11,845.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $208.00
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments


Box Hill Institute offers the option of a flexible rolling enrolment system where a participant can enrol in the course throughout the year and complete the training in the corresponding month of the following year.


Intake 1: February to November (9 x 3 day blocks)

Box Hill Institute offers the option of a flexible rolling enrolment system where a participant can enrol in the course throughout the year and complete the training in the corresponding month of the following year.

Class days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 am - 4.30 pm, once a month. 
Classes are located at Box Hill campus 


You must be employed in the extractive industries sector.

After successful completion,  you may wish to apply for entry into the Advanced Diploma of Extractive Industries Management.

Direct entry.Please contact Diane Wilson Project Manager on 9286 9711 and 0434 666 805


Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for employment opportunities as:

  • Quarry manager, or
  • Operations manager, or
  • Various other specialist management roles.

Completion of 13 units, including 2 core and 11 elective units.
Box Hill Insitute offers standard course structure with predetermined elective units chosen based on industry consultation.

Last updated: February 18, 2019 02:03pm