Ventilation Officer course – Underground Coal Mine

This course prepares participants to take on the role of a Ventilation Officer at an underground coal mine site.

Participants must:

  • have a minimum of 2 years recent operational experience in an underground coal mine
  • be currently employed in an underground coal mine
  • be 18 years of age or over.

It is highly recommended participants hold at least 1 of the following units of competency before enrolment in this course:

  • RIIRIS402D - Carry out the risk management process
  • RIIRIS601D - Establish and maintain the risk management system.

For enquiries about this course, contact:

Safety Training Centre
Phone: +61 7 3810 6328
Fax: +61 7 3810 6309

Who should attend

Persons who want to become a Ventilation Officer in the Queensland underground coal mine sector. This is a statutory position as per section 61 of the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You can apply for recognition of prior learning for the units of competency in this course. 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 conducted on a one-on-one basis. Contact us to discuss your RPL options.

If you already have existing qualifications in mining engineering, you may decide to complete this course in order to undertake the Board of Examiners (BoE) examination process. The 6 units provide in-depth knowledge, skills and practical components which will build your capability to sit for the BoE exams.

Course delivery and assessment

Training is undertaken face-to-face during 3 five-day workshops delivered over 11 months. During this time, participants will have access to:

  • reports and conference papers relating to the relevant areas of mining
  • a library with all the necessary readings and research materials.

Participants are required to undertake assessments including workplace projects, written assessments and an oral presentation.

If participants require time off work to study, they will need to speak with their mine site supervisors.

Simtars has contracted a third-party provider, Dr Roy Moreby of Morvent Mining, to deliver and assess this course. Dr Moreby is recognised globally and has been involved in mine ventilation and environmental engineering for more than 37 years.

On successful completion of all assessments, participants will be issued with a Statement of Attainment from Simtars (RTO 1828) for each of the 6 competencies in the Ventilation Officer course – Underground coal mine.

Delivery venue

IBIS Mackay
Christensen Circuit
South Mackay QLD 4740

Workshop 1: 17-21 September 2018

Workshop 2: 2-7 December 2018 *

Workshop 3: 11-15 March 2019 *

Workshop 1: 29 July - 2 August 2019 *

* Workshops generally commence on Monday, however learners who commence their course in Workshop 2 will be required to attend a separate one day session on the Sunday before their first workshop. This will mean that their first workshop will be six days in total. This first day will be an induction to the course, administration and also reviewing the pre-readings and some key information from Workshop 1 and/or Workshops 1 and 2.

There will be no staggered intake for learners commencing at Workshop 1 on 29 July 2019.


The cost of the course is $24,000. Government funding or subsidies are not available.

If a participant is being sponsored by their company, full payment of the fee up-front by credit card or purchase order is preferred. If the participant is self-funded, Simtars can organise a payment plan consisting of 3 instalments: an initial enrolment fee of $14,000 and 2 remaining instalments of $6,000 and $4,000 (payable within 3 months from start of workshop 1). The part-payment option can also be requested by companies.

Please call Simtars 3810 6328 to organise payment. For all enquiries email

Course content

The Ventilation Officer course consists of the following 6 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. Studying the 6 units together provides participants with a broader range of skills and knowledge.

Some of the units of competency form part of the Advanced Diploma of Underground Coal Mining Management.

Contact Simtars to discuss:

  • deferring or taking a break from this course
  • studying the course in a different order than what is outlined in course material – it is preferred that participants complete weeks 1–3 of face-to-face training in order.

Assessments at non-gaseous mine site

If a participant works in a mine where there is minimal risk of outburst, they will be required to complete the outburst assessments in another underground mine in Queensland. If none are available, they will be given data to use as a case study. Given that most of the mines in Queensland do have a significant risk of outburst, only a few participants will need to complete the assessment at another mine.

Course support

Participants can contact their trainer to discuss their progress between the face-to-face sessions and Simtars will also provide an online mentoring program during the course. It is recommended that participants are allocated a mentor at their workplace during training.


  • Course material
  • Pre-reading material
  • Morning tea and lunch during each of the workshops