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Mine Emergency Response and Rescue (Underground)

"We have been using Mines Rescue to cover all areas of our mine rescue training and have found the depth of knowledge and training facilities to be an excellent standard. I would recommend Mines Rescue to anyone wishing to enhance their training and knowledge in the mine rescue field as the practical approach used by the trainers in conjunction with the facilities available at the station had measured impact on the skills developed by our site emergency response team. This can be demonstrated by our recent results as the overall winners of the Victorian Mine Rescue Competition."
— Michael Gibbons, Safety/Emergency Response Coordinator, Fosterville Gold Mine

Course overview

The Certificate III in Mine Emergency Response and Rescue (underground stream) offered by Mines Rescue is designed for individuals who wish to participate as part of a mine rescue emergency response team in an underground metalliferous mine.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will gain skills and knowledge in:

  • Mines rescue techniques and procedures
  • Preparing and using rescue equipment
  • Responding to mine incidents and emergencies
  • Conducting underground search and rescue operations
  • Operating from a fresh air base
  • Controlling underground fires
  • Risk management
  • Safe work practices
  • Operating in open circuit and/or closed circuit breathing apparatus
Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Mine Emergency Response and Rescue (Underground Stream) training, participants will be awarded a Certificate III in Mine Emergency Response and Rescue (RII30715). 16 units are required for this qualification, Mines Rescue offers the following:

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace
  • RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
  • RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control
  • RIIGOV201D Comply with site work processes /procedure
  • PMAOHS211B Prepare equipment for emergency response
  • PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
  • PUAFIR215 Prevent injury
  • PUAFIR316 Identify, detect and monitor hazardous materials at an incident
  • RIIERR201D Conduct fire team operations
  • RIIERR301D Respond to mine incident
  • RIIERR303D Operate in self-contained regenerative oxygen breathing apparatus
  • RIIERR305D Control underground fires
  • RIIERR306D Conduct underground research                             
  • RIIERR307D Extricate causalities from an underground incident
  • RIIERR309D Establish and operate from fresh air base
  • RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes
Course pre-requisite
Provide first aid †                         

*Please note hours are indicative only.
†Denotes courses that are also delivered as standalone programs.

Mines Rescue also encourages participants to gain knowledge and experience of the policies and procedures of their workplace before starting the course. It is also an expectation that participants have experience working in an underground mine environment.

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

Further information

Please refer to the Mines Rescue Participant 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). You are encouraged to refer to our Participant Handbook and RPL/CT Handbook for Applicants and speak with Mines Rescue prior to commencing training.

For any further information please contact your local Mines Rescue station.

Please click here for the complete course outline, including units of competency and prerequisites.


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