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Underground Rescue Operator Course

Course Description

This program specifically relates to operating in a team under the guidance of a team leader in a hostile environment which may be hot, humid, toxic and irrespirable with reduced visibility. It explores mines rescue equipment including open and closed breathing apparatus, the qualities of a rescue operator, irrespirable first aid, oxygen therapy, mine ventilation, search and rescue, gas monitoring and the identification and monitoring of atmospheric hazards.

This program provides the skills and knowledge required to perform as an underground mines rescue team member.

Units of Competency

  • PUAFIR210 Prevent injury
  • PUAEQU001 Prepare, maintain and test response equipment
  • PUATEA001 Work in a team
  • RIICOM201E Communicate in the workplace
  • RIIERR203E Escape from hazardous situations unaided
  • RIIERR301E Respond to work site incidents
  • RIIERR303E Operate in self-contained regenerative oxygen breathing apparatus
  • RIIERR309D Establish and operate from fresh air base
  • RIIWHS201E Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures

Course Outline

  • Check and service minimum PPE
  • Mine rescue team minimum equipment
  • Respiratory anatomy
  • Open and closed breathing apparatus
  • Exercise briefs (SMEACS)
  • Wearing CC-SCBA
  • Injury prevention
  • Overview of the BioPak/BG4 circuit
  • Tools and testing equipment
  • Fault finding
  • Fresh air base
  • Pre-operational checks and service on equipment
  • Qualities of the rescue operator
  • Emergency risk management
  • Mine ventilation
  • Irrespirable first aid and oxygen therapy
  • Atmospheric hazards and monitoring
  • Composition and configuration of team and equipment and stretcher carrier techniques
  • Gas monitoring
  • Emergency procedures and irrespirable atmospheres
  • Hot, humid and hostile atmospheres Turbex and ancillary equipment
  • Search and rescue

Mode of Delivery

This course will be delivered via face to face.

For group bookings we can deliver this course at your location (click “Get a Quote” to find out more).


This course is scheduled for:

6 days of face-to-face learning and assessment

Pre-Requisite and Entry Requirements

Students holding a previous certification for the units of competency and are seeking recognition must supply their credential at the time of enrolment.

Students must have language, literacy and numeracy skills (LLN) to interpret and apply relevant information to commence learning in this program. An LLN assessment may be conducted upon receipt of enrolment application to ensure each student has the appropriate level of skills required to undertake this course.

PUAFIR210 Prevent injury is a formal prerequisite for PUAEQU001 Prepare, maintain and test response equipment and is covered within the program.


Students who successfully complete this course and demonstrate competence will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework. The certification will be issued by Risk Response and Rescue (RTO 90774).


For group bookings please click “Get a Quote” to find out more or Contact Us.

    Course Inclusions

    All course materials, handouts and personal protective equipment will be provided.

    Student Requirements

    Due to the nature of this course, students are required to have sound knowledge and skill in the following and previous certification will be confirmed prior to entry into this course:

    • Navigating in underground mines
    • Reading and interpreting mine maps
    • Underground communication systems, equipment and protocol
    • Underground transport resources
    • Hazards of underground mine operations
    • Hazards associated with large mobile plant equipment
    • Underground traffic procedures and rules

    Students must wear appropriate clothing and footwear when attending face-to-face sessions.

    Refer to the Participant Information Handbook for information about our policies and procedures.

     *Learning and assessment hours will vary depending on your existing skills, underpinning knowledge and prior experience and your commitment to your learning and practical application of activities.