Education and Training:
To become a miner you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Metalliferous Mining Operations (Underground), Small Mining Operations, Surface Extraction Operations, Underground Coal Operations, Surface Coal Operations (Open Cut Examiner) or Underground Metalliferous Mining. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
You can also become a miner through a VET qualification in surface extraction operations, surface coal mining (open cut examiner), underground metalliferous mining, underground coal mining, underground coal operations or mining exploration. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Resources and Infrastructure Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.
- Compliance Training for the Mining and Civil Construction Industries (Training Program)
- Conduct Local Risk Control (RII Unit) *
- Conduct Non-slewing Crane Operations (RII Unit)
- Conduct Slewing Crane Operations (RII Unit)
- Conduct Telescopic Materials Handler Operations (RII Unit) *
- Confined Space Entry (Training Program) *
- Enter and Work in Confined Spaces (RII Unit) *
- Operate a Forklift (RII Unit)
- Operate a Gantry or Overhead Crane (RII Unit)
- Operate a Vehicle Loading Crane (RII Unit)
- Provide Support to Electrical Tradesperson (RII Unit)
- Supervise Work in Confined Spaces (RII Unit)
- Work Safely at Heights (RII Unit) *
- Certificate II in Mining Field/Exploration Operations
- Certificate II in Surface Extraction Operations *
- Certificate II in Underground Metalliferous Mining *
- Certificate III in Mine Emergency Response and Rescue
- Certificate III in Mining Exploration
- Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations *
- Certificate III in Underground Metalliferous Mining *
- Certificate IV in Metalliferous Mining Operations - Underground *
- Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations *
- Diploma of Surface Operations Management
Miners are employed by mining companies, often in remote regions. Australian mines are generally highly automated and employment is normally in machine-operating positions.
Employment opportunities fluctuate depending on the level of activity in the resources sector. Mining operations around Australia have a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.
For Further Information:
SkillsDMC Ltd (Resources and Infrastructure Industry Skills Council)
The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (National Office)
Information for other states and territories: