RII40520 – Certificate IV in Resource Processing


Course Description

A full Certificate IV qualification comprising of 12 Units of Competency (4 Core and 8 Electives). This program is aimed at personnel with several years’ experience in mineral processing operations, and wishing to progress their career into supervisory roles. Although not mandatory, ideally candidates have Cert II or III level related Units of Competency in the resource processing or minerals industry.

To obtain this qualification, candidates must successfully complete the required assessment tasks.

Delivery Options


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Corporate with Face to Face Sessions

This is our preferred and most sought after format.  A typical program will involve a minimum of 8 days face-to-face training over 4-5 months (e.g.) 2 days a month for 4 months. The program can be tailored for the level experience of the candidates and the site requirements.  The program includes:

  • Class discussions and sharing learnings
  • Class activities, videos and team exercises
  • Processing facility inspection
  • Time to work on assessments and ask the trainer for assistance and further information directly
  • Use of your company’s forms and procedures wherever possible (e.g. workplace inspection, JHA, Risk Assessment, pre-start etc.

3 x Specialist Guest Speakers provided by the mining company for the topics:

  • Metallurgy and processing theory/application
  • Asset management / maintenance
  • Environment

This allows plenty of learning opportunities with our very experienced trainer but also time to practice and apply the skills back in the workplace between classes.  The final day is for the candidates to present their improvement projects that have been selected by the candidates and endorsed by the company on real aspects at their workplace that can be improved (e.g. safety innovation, new procedure etc.)

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Course units

This qualification reflects the role of individuals such as supervisors or team leaders, working in metalliferous processing facilities or coal preparation and treatment plants, who perform tasks involving a broad range of varied activities, most of which are complex and non-routine. They are responsible for the quantity and quality of the output of others, contribute to the development of technical solutions to non-routine problems and apply safety management plans to the workplace.

RII40520 – Certificate IV in Resource Processing (Release 1)

Core Units:

  • RIICOM301E – Communicate information
  • RIIERR401E – Apply and monitor emergency preparedness and response systems in surface operations
  • RIIGOV401E – Apply, monitor, and report on compliance systems
  • RIIWHS301E – Conduct safety and health investigations

Elective Units:

  • RIIRIS301E – Apply risk management processes
  • PMAOPS411 – Manage plant shutdown and restart
  • RIIRAI401D – Apply and monitor mine services and infrastructure systems
  • BSBLDR411 – Demonstrate leadership in the workplace
  • RIILAT402E – Provide leadership in the supervision of diverse work teams
  • BSBWHS411 – Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs
  • RIIWHS403E – Apply the work health and safety management system
  • BSBCMM411 – Make presentations

Course Content

Time: 10 weeks

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Peter Reardon has over 30 years’ experience in mining, construction and heavy industries. He is a qualified Mining Engineer (Honours) and a former underground mine manager. After a successful career in operational roles, he started a risk consultancy Safe Production Solutions (https://www.spsolutions.com.au/) and has assisted many clients to manage risk and compliance across a range of industry sectors through Australasia, Canada, China, Turkey, Laos and PNG. He has trained and mentored 100’s of supervisors in the minerals industry throughout his career, and he looks forward to guiding you through your next step in your professional development.
Peter Reardon has
  • Conducted multiple significant incident investigations into incidents that have caused significant injuries (e.g.) arm amputation, paraplegic injuries; as well as significant process loss events (eg) fires. This includes team leader/facilitator on 8 independent fatal incident investigations and assistance on 30 other significant incidents. Events assisted with has included:
    • Beaconsfield Mine Collapse
    • Northparkes Airblast
    • Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids Ride
  • These investigations also included immediate advice to senior management on how to appropriately respond and manage the event such as dealing with regulators and the police in various states of Australia
  • Assistance to Mine Managers / General Managers, Directors and companies to resolve issues associated with prosecution notices (issued to individuals and companies) and assisted legal teams (for such groups as Mallesons, Blake Dawson Waldron, Sparke Helmore, Harmers, Freehills etc) to defend those prosecutions

Facilitator for over 500 complex, high level risk assessments for large organisations, and multiple risk assessments within the coal mining/processing, metalliferous and construction industries. Various methodologies utilized include HAZOP, HAZID, PHA, CHAIR, WRAC, FTA, FMEA, Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) and Bow Tie Analysis (qualitative and quantitative). Lead auditor for over 30 major audits including Safety Management Systems, statutory legal compliance, contractor management and technical mining activities/processes (eg) shaft sinking, heavy earthmoving / traffic and project risk management.

Experience includes a risk-based approach to planning for, implementing and monitoring any size of project (> $1B) greenfield’s or brownfield’s projects, to smaller sub-projects such as new equipment (mobile or fixed), capital projects, maintenance or shutdown/turnaround programs, management systems, change management, process improvement, change from contractors to owner/operator etc). Peter has developed and implemented integrated management plans (ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO31000, ISO45001) for organisations to meet/exceed statutory requirements including Major Hazard / Catastrophic Risk Programs.

Peter Reardon has
  • Managed all underground operations at a gold mine as the registered Mine Manager
  • This included managing all processes and standards associated with drill and blast operations
  • Conducted explosives and blasting risk assessments, including use of explosives equipment
  • Developed procedures and management plans (eg) Principal Control Plans (PCP) for explosives
  • Conducted incident investigations for matters relating to blasting
  • Trained many underground supervisors in Certificate IV in Metalliferous Mining Operations (Underground) which has included this Unit of Competency
  • Assisted supervisors to prepare for their NSW Statutory oral exam to enable them to fulfil the statutory function as an Underground Mining Supervisor.

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