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VO - 19 Ventilation Officer - Underground Coal Mine

Ventilation Officer course – Underground Coal Mine (Qld)

This course will assist in your preparation to take on the key role of Ventilation Officer at an underground coal mine site (Queensland).  This course is nationally accredited and covers managing, operating and maintaining the ventilation system and understanding the impact of spontaneous combustion, gas drainage, gas management and outburst on the mine’s ventilation system.  This course has been developed based on recommendations highlighted in the ACARP Report C25001. 

Entry Requirements:  To enrol in this course you must:

*    Have a minimum of two (2) years operational experience at an underground coal mine
*    Be currently employed in a working underground coal mine
*    Be over 18 years of age.

It is highly recommended that you hold at least one (1) of the following units of competency before enrolling in this course:

RIIRIS402D – Carry out the risk management process
RIIRIS601D – Establish and maintain the risk management system

It is also highly recommended that you be proficient in the use of Ventsim and Microsoft Excel prior to enrolment.  If you are not proficient in Ventsim, we recommend you attend a Ventsim short course prior to starting this course, or between workshops 1 and 2.  Also, if you are not proficient in Microsoft Excel, we recommend you brush up using the online free tutorials available from Microsoft or else attend a short course.  Note that the cost of short courses in Ventsim and Microsoft Excel are not included in the fees for this course, and that these courses are not run by Simtars. 

Foundation skill requirements:  To study in this course, you will be required to have core skills at level 5 - or the ability to reach level 5 with support - on the Australia Core Skills Framework (ACSF).  Simtars has a BKSB program that will conduct an initial assessment of your foundation skill in English and math.  This tool can also provide tutorials to help you reach the required foundation skill level.  For more information about Foundation skills, see the 'Choosing your Course' section in our Learner Handbook.

Materials and equipment required:  To study in this course, you must  provide the following materials and equipment:

Laptop with internet access, and licenced copies of Microsoft Excel and Ventsim
Access to an underground coal mine (including access to the SHMS)
Agreement from your supervisor to verify your assessment activities
Access to mentors (worksite personnel) at your mine (or in your mining company)

How to enrol in this course?  To apply for enrolment in this course, please contact Simtars:

Phone: +61 7 3810 6328
Email: training@simtars.com.au

We will provide you with an application for enrolment which will ask for information about your work history and existing qualifications etc.  In addition, we will ask you to complete a maths test prior to enrolment on topics such as using mathematical processes to develop estimating and assessment skills to check outcomes and determine real-world implications.  Your application will be reviewed by Dr Moreby prior to you being offered a place in the course.

Fees:  The cost of the course is $24,000.  Government funding or subsidies are not available.  Includes - course material, pre-reading material, morning tea and lunch during each of the workshops.

Payment Methods:  We offer the following payment methods for this course:

*   Credit card
*   Purchase order (for approved companies only)
*   Payment plan consisting of three (3) instalments as follows:
         Initial payment of $14,000 payable at enrolment
         Two (2) remaining instalments of $6,000 and $4,000 payable within three (3) months from the start of your first             workshop

For more information about payment methods and payment terms, see the 'Fees and Refunds' section of our Learner Handbook.  To organise payment for your training, please contact Simtars on (07) 3810 6328 or email training@simtars.com.au

Recognition of prior learning (RPL): You can apply for recognition of prior learning for each of the units of competency in this qualification.  You will need to supply information on your work history and samples of work, and may need to undertake assessments and/or an interview to determine whether you have met the competency standards.  RPL is assessed on a case-by-case basis.  You can read more about RPL in our Learning Handbook or contact us to discuss your RPL options.

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The Queensland Ventilation Officer Course - Underground Coal Mine will comprise of the following accredited units of competency:

  • RIIUND601D  - Establish and maintain the ventilation management system
  • RIIUND603D - Manage, operate and maintain the mine ventilation system
  • RIIMCU602D - Establish and maintain the gas management system
  • RIIMCU603D - Establish and maintain the gas drainage management plan
  • RIIMCU604D - Establish and maintain the outburst management plan
  • RIIMCU601D - Establish and maintain the spontaneous combustion management plan

These nationally accredited units of competency are being delivered through a clustered mode and will not be offered as stand-alone units. Simtars course has been developed based on recommendations highlighted in the ACARP Report C25001 Implementation Strategy. Ventilation and Gas Management – Underground Coal Mines, which identified gaps in the skills and knowledge of Ventilation Officers in the underground coal mine sector.

Training product currency

Current

Delivery location/s

  • IBIS Mackay – Christensen Circuit, South Mackay Qld

Mode/s of delivery

  • Face-to-face workshops
  • Pre-readings (prior to each workshop)
  • Practical assessments and mentor program in your workplace

Delivery arrangements

Face-to-face training is delivered during three (3) workshops, each one (1) week long.  Dates for upcoming workshops are as follows:

  • Workshop 1: 17 – 21 September 2018 (delivered)
  • Workshop 2: 3 – 7 December 2018* (delivered)
  • Workshop 3: 11 – 15 March 2019 (no new learner enrolments)

    *Workshops generally commence on a Monday.  However, if you commence your course in Workshop 2, then you will be required to attend a separate one day session on the Sunday before your first workshop.  This will mean that workshop is a total of six (6) days.  The first day will cover an induction to the course, administration and also review the pre-readings and some key information from Workshop 1.

  • Workshop 1: 29 July – 2 August 2019
  • Workshop 2: TBA
  • Workshop 3: TBA

Entry requirements for this course (if any)

  1. Learners undertaking this course must be employed in a working underground mine or have access to an underground mine and its safety and health management system (to undertake assessment) and
    a supervisor or content expert at the mine (to verify workplace projects).
  2. Learners must have a minimum of two (2) years operational experience at an underground coal mine.
  3.  Learners must have a minimum of two (2) years operational experience at an underground coal mine.
  4.  Learners must be 18 years or over.
  5. It is highly recommended that learners be proficient in the use of Ventsim and also adept at the use of Microsoft Excel prior to enrolment.  Learners can attend a short course in the use of Ventsim prior to starting this course, or between workshhops 1 and 2 and/or gain Microsoft Excel skills via the free tutorials available from Microsoft.
  6.  It is highly recommended that learners hold at least one (1) of the following two (2) units of competency before enrolment in this course:
  •  RIIRIS402D – Carry out the risk management process; or
  •  RIIRIS601D – Establish and maintain the risk management system

Foundation skill requirements for this course

To enrol, learners must demonstrate that they are at (or exceed):

  • level 5 in learning, reading, writing and communication; and
  •  level 5 in numeracy (mathematics) on the BKSB Assessment tool, or they can achieve this level with support.

For more information about ACSF levels, see the Learner Handbook.

To study in this course, you must provide the following materials and equipment

  • Laptop (with access to the internet) that is loaded with a licenced copies of Ventsim and MS Excel.
  • Scientific calculator

Third-Party provider details (if any)

Some or all of your training, assessment and/or support services are to be conducted by staff from the following third-party organisation/s:

 

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