Certificate III in Mining Exploration

National Code: RII30515
TAFE SA Code: TP00880


Start your rewarding career in mineral exploration or petroleum exploration that can take you anywhere in the world. This course aims to train you to become a geoscience field assistant. Geoscience field assistants work alongside geoscientists in various areas of mineral, oil and gas exploration undertaking various geological duties in the field and office.

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Up to 6 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by Date of application
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees for the 6 month course
$2,688 - $2,734
$1,907 - $1,940

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$10,404 - $10,584

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. This course also has an incidentals cost of $190.00 for Camp.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This course is for people pursuing a career in the exploration sector of the resources industry. Job roles may include mineral exploration field assistants/technicians, mine samplers and hydrocarbon sample catchers.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Mining Exploration (RII30515)
    This course provides skills in communication, heritage concerns, quality standards, risk control, site samples and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 11 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Collect routine site samples 40
    Communicate in the workplace 20
    Conduct local risk control 20
    Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns 20
    Maintain and monitor site quality standards 20
    Provide first aid 18
    Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures 20


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out operational maintenance 40
    Mobilise equipment and materials 40
    Navigate in remote or trackless area 40
    Operate and maintain instruments and field equipment 40
    Operate in isolated and remote situations 40
    Operate small plant and equipment 20
    Plan and undertake field trip 40
    Process data and maintain accurate records 40
    Provide field support services 40
    Provide geological field assistance 40
    Rehabilitate exploration site 40
    Use organisation computers or data systems 30
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