Course overview

The RII40420 - Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations offered by Mines Rescue reflects the role of mining supervisors and team leaders (Deputies) in an underground coal mine. The course prepares students to take on the more senior responsibilities of managing teams, implementing risk management systems and applying statutory requirements.

The tasks involve a broad range of complex work activities including:

  • Leadership and communication
  • Contribution to technical solutions and to non-routine problems
  • Risk management processes
  • Application and monitoring of safety management plans

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded a RII40420 Certificate IV in Underground Coal Operations.

Students must complete 14 units (made up of core and electives) to achieve this qualification; these are outlined below:


  • RIIERR402E Apply and monitor underground coal mine emergency preparedness and response systems
  • RIIMCU403E Apply and monitor gas management plan
  • RIIMCU407E Apply and monitor the strata management plan
  • RIIMCU408E Apply the spontaneous combustion management plan
  • RIIMEX406D Apply and monitor mine transport system and production equipment
  • RIIRIS402E Carry out the risk management process
  • RIIUND401E Apply and monitor the ventilation management plan
  • RIIRAI401D Apply and monitor mine services and infrastructure systems
  • RIIMCU406E Apply and monitor the inrush management plan
  • BSBMGT401 Show leadership in the workplace (unit is completed via online learning and assessment)


  • RIICOM301E Communicate information
  • RIIBLA202F Support underground shotfiring operations
  • RIIMCU405D Apply and monitor the outburst management plan
  • RIIMCU404E Apply and monitor the gas drainage management plan

After completing this course, students may choose to continue their studies by undertaking the RII50920 Diploma of Underground Coal Mining Management. The diploma aims to prepare students for a role as a Mining Supervisor (Undermanager).


26 days face to face (units conducted over a 12 month period), additional unit completed online

Entry requirements

No formal previous learning is required for this course however it is an expectation that students have experience working in an underground coal mine environment.

It is acknowledged that this is a course based on a Certificate IV level qualification that requires appropriate levels of language, literacy and numeracy skills to manage course work, on-course activities and assessment tasks.

Additional information

If you believe you already hold some or all of the skills, knowledge and/or experience for this course, you may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

We encourage you to read our Student Handbook and RPL/Credit Transfer Handbook and speak with Mines Rescue prior to commencing enrolment.

For further information, or to book your course, please contact your local Mines Rescue Station.

Mines Rescue Pty Limited RTO ID 90508

Maintenance of Competence

Mines Rescue offers a range of courses to assist those holding practising certificates to maintain their competence to exercise a statutory function under the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) legislation.

Current and future courses are designed to align with the NSW Resources Regulator’s requirements.

Please refer to the Maintenance of Competence page for more information.

"I would certainly recommend Mines Rescue Deputy Courses to anybody wishing to maximise their exposure to quality trainers/mentors throughout the course. Managers, Undermanager's, highly regarded consultants, pioneers of gas drainage in Australia constituted the level of exposure I was lucky enough to experience throughout the course. The optional tutorial mid-month proved to be an excellent opportunity to address any further questions you may require answered and for the curious it didn't matter how deep you wanted to go, you left with an understanding of the subject. Certainly a very professional course from the modules to the written and oral exams with excellent resources, training, mentorship and support in a very modern facility."
Laurie Cohen, WE/NS Deputy