Mining Training Requirements Vary

Mining Training Requirements Vary

Mining training requirements can vary from one area to another and from one job to another. Some mining companies will have positions for people with no experience. They train their own employees on the job. Much depends on what the job requires of you.

Many jobs in and around the mines involve operation of heavy equipment. Huge trucks and earth movers are often used in modern mines. In some cases, the trucks are too large to be operated on a highway. They have to be brought in to the job site in pieces and assembled onsite. Experience in operating heavy machinery is helpful when you are searching for a job in the mines.

Mine safety is a field in which future miners usually need to be trained. The components of a safety-training program may include learning about chemicals, safety control systems, hazardous situations, proper disposal of hazardous materials, dealing with emergencies and others. Some types of mines have numerous safety issues, others have few.

The mineral that is being mined plays a role. The more you know about the specific mineral, the more valuable you can be to a future employer. Some university-level programs include courses about the various minerals and the hazardous materials that are often found mixed with those minerals.

In Australia, where there are many mines and not enough people to fill all of the positions, there are schools completely dedicated to mining training. Some of these schools have intense programs that can be completed quickly in an effort to fill the needs of the industry.

If you wanted to be in a management position, business management and human resources classes can be helpful. You might still have to start with an entry-level position, but when management positions open up, your extra education could land you the job.

Inspectors are needed in all mines. The job of the inspector is one of the more specialised. To become an inspector, additional courses are required. The courses are usually offered by the same institutions that have mine technology programs and also by the education providers that specialise in the mines.

To figure out exactly what kind of mining training program is right for you, you might want to firstly decide what kind of job you are looking for. You can always take additional courses as time goes by, but you can create more of a customised program if you already know where you are headed.


As iMINCO is an information provider and not an RTO, we utilise the extensive training and industry experience of Industry Pathways (NPN: 32513), who are a leading provider of mining training.

Some of the benefits you will receive when completing your course with Industry Pathways are:

  • Nationally recognised qualifications.
  • National training organisation (RTO No:32513).
  • Locations across Australia.
  • Advanced training methodologies
  • Flexible delivery method
  • Courses held daily.
  • Highly qualified trainers.
  • Classroom, on-site & e-learning options.
  • Theory & practical assessment.
  • Post training job support officers
  • Access to job alerts created specific to your skill set
  • Post training mine ready kit
  • Free resume tips
  • Free interview tips
  • Special offers on Workwear and PPE
  • 5% discount off any future courses with Industry Pathways
  • Free mining information, news and fast mining facts
  • Large recruitment network
  • 100 ha off-site training centre prepares students for working in a mining environment (machinery courses)
Please read the refund policy before booking a training course.

Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.

The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.

The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.

The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.

The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™

Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.

Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)

Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one 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.

RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

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

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