About the course

About the course

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 RII50120 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 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 Extractive Industries sector 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 course is offered via an on-campus option or through our integrated distance learning platform with fixed time online sessions . The on-campus training will primarily be delivered at the Institute's Lilydale campus in 3-day blocks and includes some site visits. The online option is delivered via zoom sessions over 3 day blocks from February to October. 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 between you and your fellow students. 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.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length


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

Part time: 10 months

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

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Career Outcomes

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

  • quarry manager, or
  • operations manager, or
  • various other specialist management roles.
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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

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

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

Fees & Finance Options

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

Government Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$6,738$13,353
Service Fee$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83
Material Fee$0$0
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$6,987$13,602
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$6,987$13,602

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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