Ventilation Officer course - underground metalliferous

This course prepares participants to take on the key role of Ventilation Officer at an underground metalliferous mine site. The content covers establishing and maintaining the ventilation management system.

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Who should attend

Learners undertaking this course must have a minimum of 2 years recent underground operational experience in a mine and be 18 years of age or over.

Persons who are wanting to become a Ventilation Officer in the Queensland metalliferous mine sector.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You can apply for recognition of prior learning for these units of competency. 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.

Course delivery and assessment

Delivered through our third-party provider, internationally renowned ventilation expert, Dr Rick Brake of Mine Ventilation Australia, the course will be a combination of face-to-face workshops and structured workplace projects, written and oral assessments.

Course is being delivered as follows:

Training will be undertaken in a face-to-face mode over 2 x 5 day workshops over a period of 9 months. Learners will have access to reading materials relating to the relevant areas of mining. Students will undertake theory and practical assessments and may require third party verification for each of the workplace projects and practical tasks over the nine (9) months. You will also need to be working at a mine site to complete the workplace assessments.

The estimated number of additional hours for reading and application of knowledge is approximately 8 hours per week. Learners will be required to submit their assessments directly to the trainer, and a copy at the same time to Simtars, between the face-to-face workshops.

On successful completion of all assessments, learners will be issued with a Statement of Attainment from Simtars (RTO 1828) for each of the two (2) competencies in the Ventilation Officer – Underground Metalliferous Mine Course.

Delivery venue

Intake 1

  • Workshop 1 – 26-30 November 2018 Mt Isa – IBIS Hotel
  • Workshop 2 – 18-22 February 2019 Mt Isa – IBIS Hotel

Intake 2

  • Workshop 1 – 20-24 May 2019
  • Workshop 2 – 19-23 August 2019

Intake 3

  • Workshop 1 – 2-6 September 2019
  • Workshop 2 – 2-6 December 2019

Please note that the delivery location for Intake 2 and 3 are to be confirmed.


Cost of course is $16,000.

If a learner is being sponsored by their company; the full fee is payable up-front either by credit card or purchase order. If the learner is self-funded, Simtars can organise a payment plan consisting of two (2) instalments to be paid within 3 months.

For this, the initial enrolment fee is $10,000; the remaining instalment of $6,000 is payable within three months from start of Workshop 1. The part-payment option can also be requested by companies. Please see Simtars’ Refunds and Fees policy for more information.

Please call Simtars (07) 3810 6328 to organise payment. For all enquiries email

Course content

The Queensland Ventilation Officer – Underground Metalliferous Mine Course will comprise of the following units of competencies.

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


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