Course overview

The RII50920 - Diploma of Underground Coal Mining Management offered by Mines Rescue reflects the role of mining supervisors (Undermanagers) in an underground coal mine. The course prepares students with managerial, planning and technical skills to be able to successfully operate with a high level of autonomy.

Students will be required to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge such as:

  • Planning and determining the selection of equipment/roles/techniques
  • Implementation of safety management plans
  • Risk management
  • Leadership and communications

Successful completion of this course allows the student to sit for the Part B written section of the Coal Competency Board’s Second-Class Certificate of Competency (Undermanagers) examination. Please refer to the Resources Regulator website for further information on Certificate of Competency examinations.

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded a RII50920 Diploma of Underground Coal Mining Management. Students must complete 12 units (made up of core and electives) to achieve this qualification;


  • RIIERR501E Implement underground coal mine emergency preparedness and response systems
  • RIIMCU501E Implement the spontaneous combustion
  • RIIMCU502E Implement the gas management plan
  • RIIMCU506E Implement strata management plan
  • RIIRIS402E Carry out the risk management process
  • RIIRAI501D Implement mine transport systems and production equipment
  • RIIRAI503D Implement site services and infrastructure systems
  • RIIUND501E Implement the ventilation management plan


  • RIIBLA202F Support underground shotfiring operations *
  • RIIMCU503D Implement the gas drainage management plan **
  • RIIERR602E Establish and maintain underground coal mine emergency preparedness and response systems

* Students may wish to substitute this unit with RIIBLA302E Conduct shotfiring operations in underground coal mines.

** Students may wish to substitute this unit with RIIMCU504D Implement the outburst management plan.


24 days over a 12 month period.

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 Diploma level qualification that requires appropriate levels of language, literacy and numeracy skills to manage course work, on-course activities and assessment tasks.

Additional information

Please refer to the Mines Rescue Student Handbook located on our website for relevant policy information including Payment Terms and Conditions and Refund and Fees Policy.

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.

"After spending 14 years in the coal mining industry as an operator I decided that I wanted to move forward, I wanted to achieve more, challenge myself. Mines Rescue provided a sound and informative lecturing process run by actual industry trained professional facilitators, demonstrating with PowerPoint presentations, study materials and assignment guides. The specialised in-house trained staff, experienced in the many facets of underground mining operations, set up simulated mine scenarios such as inrush and outburst training, emergency preparedness and response, shot firing arrangements and risk assessment requirements, just to mention a few. I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to the staff at Mines Rescue, for without their dedication towards professionalism their far reaching experience and limitless assistance I would not have been able to complete these courses. I could without hesitation heartily recommend to anyone."
Peter Dowdell, Explosive Risk Zone Controller (ERZ)