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20 - Ventilation Officer – Metalliferous QLD

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The key role of a Ventilation Officer at an underground metalliferous mine site is to establish, operate, maintain and manage the ventilation management system, which is covered in detail within this course.  This training is nationally accredited and has been developed based on recommendations from industry stakeholders including the Mines Inspectorate in Queensland. To apply for an application form for enrolment in this course, please contact us. Our metalliferous ventilation officer training is recognised by the Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee as meeting the competency requirements of s54A(3)(b) of the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld) for undertaking the role of Ventilation Officer in an underground metalliferous mine in Queensland. To become an appointed Ventilation Officer in an underground metalliferous mine in Queensland, in addition to successfully completing our course, learners will also need to successfully complete a written invigilated exam on or before the 18 September 2021.



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Detailed Description:

Course length

This training is delivered over a 9 month period. 

Mode of delivery

  • Face-to-face workshops
  • Practical assessments and mentor program in your workplace
  • Telephone and email support direct from your trainer (after each workshop)


Face to face workshops

Dates for the upcoming intake is:

  • Workshop A: 2 – 6 September 2019 at Townsville
  • Workshop B: 2 – 6 December 2019 at Townsville

Telephone and email support

After your workshops, you will be supported by email and telephone whilst you practice your skills in the workplace and undertake your workplace project assessments.

Mentor program

You will be required to participate in a mentoring program at your mine.  This is an essential part of the training, and involves you to complete specific activities.  Whilst not assessed, these mentoring activities are an integral part of your learning and will enable you to practice the skills you learn in your training.  Simtars will provide you with a mentor handbook and Dr Brake will provide you and your mentor with support by email/telephone.


To obtain the units of competency, you will be required to successfully complete assessment as follows:

There are 7 assessments, as follows:

  • 4 workplace projects completed in your workplace
  • 3 case study assessments that you take away and complete at home/work.

Supervisor or content expert verification

You will need to organise your workplace supervisor or a content expert to sign to confirm your workplace projects were completed by you and that you have discussed your findings with them.  Our assessor will either email or phone your supervisor or content expert to discuss your assessments and verify the information given.

You can request an extension of time to submit assessments, see our Learner Handbook for more information.

Third-party provider details

When enrolling in this training, you will be studying under Dr Rick Brake of Mine Ventilation Australia Pty Ltd. Dr  Brake is recognised globally for his involvement in mine ventilation and environmental engineering.

Some or all of your training, assessment and/or support services are to be conducted by the following Third-Party Provider:

Dr Rick Brake

Mine Ventilation Australia Pty Ltd

Telephone: +61 408 011 064


Upon successful completion of assessments, you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment from Simtars (RTO 1828).

Course structure

The course consists of the following Nationally Accredited units of competency:

  • RIIUND601D - Establish and maintain the ventilation management system
  • RIIUND603D - Manage, operate and maintain the mine ventilation system

These units are being delivered and assessed in a clustered arrangement and as such they are not be offered as stand-alone units.  Studying the two units together will provide you with the broad range of skills and knowledge that industry stakeholders have told us is required by Ventilation Officers.

Training product currency

All units in this course are current.  

Entry requirements

To enrol in this course you must:

  • Have a minimum of 2 years recent operational experience in an operational role in an underground metalliferous mine. *see note 1 below
  • Be currently employed in an underground mine or have access to an underground mine and their safety health management system
  • Meet the following minimum age requirements:
    • If you work in a mine in Queensland: minimum 18 years of age
    • If you work in a mine in the Northern Territory: minimum 19 years of age
    • If you work in a mine in Tasmania: minimum 19 years of age (note this will rise to 20 years of age from 2022 onwards)
    • If you work in a mine in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia or Victoria: minimum 20 years of age
    • Foundation skills at a Level 5 within English and Maths

You need to be proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel before starting the course.  Also, in order to complete the assessments, you will also need to be competent in ventilation modelling. If you are not proficient in ventilation modelling, we recommend you attend a Ventilation Modelling short course prior to starting this course, or prior to commencing your second workshop.  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 Ventilation Modelling and Microsoft Excel are not included in the fees for this course, and that these courses are not run by Simtars. 

*Note 1:

1) “Recent” means within the past 4 years

2) “Underground role” means:

a) Job is site based. Non-site based corporate roles or consulting roles etc. do not qualify. Secondments to a site (e.g. by a consultant) in which the person has an underground role will count for that period spent on site.

b) While on site, the person must be underground at least twice each week

c) Typical examples of acceptable roles would be: underground worker, underground supervisor, underground safety officer or surveyor, mining engineer with some underground responsibility, e.g. drill and blast engineer, production engineer, planning engineer

d) Examples of unacceptable roles would be: surface worker, mining engineer who is responsible for cost control and rarely goes underground, mining engineer in corporate office working on desktop feasibility studies

e) If there is any doubt, learners must provide a detailed job description and/or keep a representative 3 month diary of their underground visits for their current role

3) “Underground metalliferous mine” means a hardrock mine in which development and production is entirely or substantially using drill and blast rock breaking methods. An underground role in a civil project (e.g. tunnel construction) or softrock mine (e.g. potash or salt mine using road headers or continuous miners) or a coal mine will count at 50% of the required time to a maximum of 1 year. For example, someone who has worked underground in a coal mine for 2 years and in tunnel construction for 2 years would be given 1 year for the coal experience and 1 year for the tunnelling experience, but the maximum allowed from all such sources is 1 year, so that would still leave that person requiring 1 full year in an underground role in an actual underground metal mine prior to enrolment.

4) Where the individual believes they are sufficiently familiar with the underground mine environment and its equipment and processes, but does not comply with the above, they will need to set out their reasons in detail and it will be reviewed by Dr Brake. An example might be a surface worker (e.g. in the concentrator) who has also been a member of the underground mine rescue squad for several years including being involved on many occasions in underground mine rescue drills which involves understanding the ventilation.

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, Word, PDF reader and Ventsim . Temporary Ventsim licences will be made available if required.
  • Access to an underground mine (including access to the SHMS)
  • Ventilation measurement instruments to complete workplace assessments
  • Agreement from your supervisor or content expert to verify your assessment activities
  • A scientific calculator or phone with scientific calculation ability.

How to enrol in this course

To apply for enrolment in Dr Brake’s course, please contact Simtars:

We will provide you with an application for enrolment, and will ask for information about your work history and existing qualifications etc.  In addition, we will ask you to complete a BKSB initial assessment prior to enrolment.  Your application will be reviewed by Dr Brake prior to you being offered a place in the course.

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 Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).  Simtars has BKSB eLearning solution to assess literacy, numeracy, and foundation skills.  Prior to confirmation of enrolment you will be sent an email with a link to BKSB to complete the Initial English and Maths Assessment.  If you do not reach the required foundation level, the BKSB tool can 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.


The cost of the course is $18,000.  Accommodation not included in this cost.  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 2 instalments as follows:
  • Initial payment of $10,000 payable at enrolment
  • Remaining instalment of $8,000 payable within 2 weeks prior to the start of workshop 2.

For more information about payment methods and payment terms, see the ‘Fees and Refunds’ section of our Learner Handbook. 

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 Learner Handbook or contact us to discuss your RPL options.

Credit transfer (CT)

Note that given the industry regulator has decreed that Ventilation Officers must obtain these statutory competencies either from Simtars or through the University of New South Wales Graduate Diploma program, then credit transfers will not be given for these units where they have been completed at other training organisations.  Similarly, a credit transfer will not be offered where learners have completed Simtars’ Coal Ventilation Course offered in Mackay.

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