Black Coal Competency Upgrade - BCC.

Black Coal Competency Upgrade

Essential qualifications to work in the coal mining sector in Queensland

You may see some Queensland job advertisements require RII qualifications or sometimes they are referred to as Black Coal Competency (BCC).

This is a qualification that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.

This competency is granted to show that the worker can correctly and safely operate the machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it proves to prospective new employers that you have the necessary experience and expertise to operate the machinery in a coal mining and quarrying environment.

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

You will need to undertake a mixture of theory and practical assessment.

Theory Assessment:

You will be asked approximately 60 questions that will cover, plan and prepare for operations, operate machinery, carry out post operational procedures.

Practical assessment:

  • Demonstrate ability to locate and access site documentation.
  • Procedures.
  • Work Instructions.
  • JHA's.
  • Geological and survey data.
  • Demonstrate a pre-start check.
  • Demonstrate start-up.
  • Demonstrate correct operation and testing of the propel, boom, bucket, stuck and slew control levers.
  • Demonstrate walking the excavator and positioning for operations.
  • Demonstrate travelling forward and reverse, left and right spragging of the machine and demonstrate use of the bucket to assist spragging.
  • Demonstrate park up and shut down procedures; and
  • Demonstrate how to shut down the machinery in an emergency.

Course Duration: Half day for each course

Maximum Class Size: 5

Cost: $550

Some mining training courses will automatically include RII qualifications as a part of the training program.


  1. shane March 11, 2015 Reply

    I’ve worked in civil construction and have got standard 11 / surface extraction ,CBM ,work at heights, confined spaces , bobcat , high risk forklift and have worked in mine site quarry’s operating crusher plants and water carts also done multiple shutdowns in the power station industry but am finding it hard to get into the mining game, seems like all I have been told I need is site inductions ,how would I go about getting these…

    • Author
      John March 11, 2015

      Hi Shane, thanks for your comment. There’s a lot of people who are in a similar situation as you find yourself in. Mining has gone through the ringer over the last 18 months so it’s no surprise that you’re finding it tough. Mine site specific inductions are not easy to do, in most cases you have to be employed by the mining company to complete them. For instance the BMA Induction is for BMA employees, so like I said before, if you’re not working for them.

      But don’t be alarmed about that because you can do for instance a BMA Induction here do a BMA Induction. If you also Google other site inductions you need to have, you’ll find some answers I’m sure.

      iMINCO Mining Information

  2. John Hitchens December 5, 2014 Reply

    Gday mate I have worked on and of in mines and civil for a number of years mostly civil and would like to no how to get a start back in mines
    I have a lot of experience and it seems to count for nought. I have site competencies for a range of machines and trucks
    what else do I need.

    • Author
      John December 8, 2014

      Hi John, thanks for your question.

      There are may reasons why mining companies have policies about who they hire and what criteria they set as to who gets in and who does not.

      Most of the time, job ads have a resume scanner at the front end, so as soon as you submit your resume online, the software kicks in and scans the resume for keywords related to the job being advertised.

      If your resume is not targeted to the job being advertised, a lot of times the resume is flagged as ‘do not contact’, or is graded poorly because of this.

      Recruitment agencies use this technique also, so no matter where you apply, most of the time resumes are scanned and a decision is made before they even get a chance to interview you.

      This may not be the case of course in your situation John, theses are just some ideas I’m throwing out there.

      iMINCO has a few guides we created to help people just like you to understand how to get your resume through these types of scanning systems.

      Go to the iMINCO eBook section on our website and download the free guides.

      Or you could call the office on (07) 5520 2522, where you can ask any questions of the sales team and they will give you some honest advice about how to proceed.


      iMINCO Mining Information

  3. peter jeffery August 19, 2012 Reply

    Have worked in civil and road construction for 20 yrs. Opperated all types of machinery. Mainly graders,excavators,backhoes and trucks. I have tickets for these machines

    • Travis August 20, 2012

      We just heard BHP Billiton were looking for people with the kind of experience you have. They’re looking for people who can operate of heavy earthmoving equipment, including:996B Liebherr Excavators, 994F Caterpillar Loaders, WA1200 Loaders, 793F Cat Haul Trucks, 854K Wheel dozers, 16M Graders, D10T Dozers, 785D Watercarts and 962K IT’s. This is a good opportunity to work for one of the world’s biggest mining companies. Here’s a direct link to the BHP mining jobs board website. The job comes with training in Perth and it’s FIFO out of Newman, WA. The roster looks pretty full-on, with 8/6 so it might not suit everyone’s situation. If this sounds like you, or anyone else who is reading this, go on – apply for the role if you have the experience. If you don’t have the experience and are not sure of how to go about applying for these types of mining jobs, call (07)5520 2522 for more information on the types of training available to help you get into mining.

      iMINCO Mining Information
      r.e. Working in civil construction and looking to get into mining as a heavy machinery operator.

  4. Adam May 23, 2012 Reply

    I only have an HR licence and standard generic induction what do I need to do to get a better chance in getting a job in the mines. Thank you

    • pete May 23, 2012

      Hi Adam
      You need to make sure your resume is relevant to mining. The mining companies and recruiters don’t want to sift through any other non-related work descriptions to find your good stuff. make it easier for them at the start.
      Pete iMINCO
      RE: mining resume

  5. Brett Moore May 31, 2011 Reply

    I would like to get in the mines but having no luck. I have my own excavator and have work in quarry’s and was working on the burnit river dam project near chillders i have all my truck lic i have alot of tickets in excav/bobcat etc how and what can i convert and how to get experince in the mines

    • Francene Gunsser May 22, 2012

      I have been told by many customers who work on or around the mines in wa that you need a first aid certificate, a mining medical pass, a white card, An elevated platform certificate, a forklift certificate, a HR licence, a confined space certificate.

    • pete May 23, 2012

      Hi Francene
      Depending on the position you are applying for you will need most of these. The positions in the mine are often multi tasked meanining you will need to have a range of skills. If you have limited skills from the start you should take the time to do mining training courses to improve yourself and also so you can put them on your resume
      Pete iMINCO
      RE: Mining Courses

  6. thomas March 21, 2011 Reply

    looking to gain employment in mining industry

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