Certificate II in Drilling Operations

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as drillers’ assistants who undertake a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and who take some responsibility for the quality of work outcomes.


Requirements for completion of the qualification

The following table provides the packaging rules for this qualification, followed by the list of relevant units of competency.

Successful completion of twelve (12) units of competency made up of:

eight (8) Core units, and

four (4) elective units of which:

at least one (1) must come from the Group A electives listed below

up to three (3) may come from the Group B electives listed below

up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level II or III from this, or any other, Training Package

Units of competency chosen must be relevant to the competency requirements for the job function.

Care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified within imported units, or units chosen as electives, are complied with.

Core units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBWOR203A

Work effectively with others

add topic RIICOM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic RIIENV201A

Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns

add topic RIINHB201B

Load, secure and unload drilling equipment and materials

add topic RIINHB202A

Set up/pack up drill site

add topic RIINHB203A

Support drilling process

add topic RIIOHS201A

Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures

add topic RIIRIS201B

Conduct local risk control

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIINHB205A

Assist continuous flight auger drilling

add topic RIINHB206A

Assist large diameter auger drilling

add topic RIINHB208B

Assist diamond core drilling

add topic RIINHB209A

Assist guided boring

add topic RIINHB210B

Assist surface directional drilling

add topic RIINHB211A

Assist mud rotary boring

add topic RIINHB213A

Assist cable tool drilling

add topic RIINHB216A

Assist underground in-seam directional drilling

add topic RIINHB218A

Assist grouting or cementing operations

add topic RIINHB219A

Assist with air drilling

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

add topic RIIERR202A

Contribute to the control of emergencies and critical situations

add topic RIIHAN201A

Operate a forklift

add topic RIIHAN206A

Transport plant, equipment and personnel

add topic RIIHAN307A

Operate a vehicle loading crane

add topic RIIHAN208A

Perform dogging

add topic RIIHAN213A

Work effectively in the drilling industry

add topic RIIOHS204A

Work safely at heights

add topic RIIQUA201A

Maintain and monitor site quality standards

add topic RIISAM202A

Isolate and access plant

add topic RIISAM205A

Cut, weld and bend materials

add topic RIIVEH203B

Operate a light vehicle underground

add topic RIISTD202A

Collect routine site samples

add topic RIIUND206A

Install hand held underground ground support

add topic RIIVEH201B

Operate light vehicle

add topic RIIVEH305A

Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

The following table includes a summary of the employability skills as identified by the resources and infrastructure industry for this qualification. The table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes required here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


speak clearly and directly

listen carefully to instructions and information

read and interpret work instructions and safety signs

calculate basic weights, distances and volumes

complete incident and maintenance reports

adjust communication style to meet the needs of people with diverse backgrounds


apply teamwork in a range of situations, particularly in a safety context

contribute to the planning and execution of operations

work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race, religion or political persuasion and people with disability

recognise and respond sensitively to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds


adjust work methods in response to changing weather and site conditions

participate in team solutions to safety issues

Initiative and enterprise

independently adapt to changing work conditions or different work areas

identify potential improvements to working practice and conditions

identify and assess risks in the workplace

Planning and organising

manage time and priorities to complete work

identify and obtain appropriate equipment and permits

identify potential hazards and prepare appropriate responses

follow procedures and techniques relevant to the equipment and work being done


take responsibility for planning and organising own work priorities and completing assigned tasks

monitor own performance to ensure work will be completed well and on time

understand the standard of work expected at a work site


be willing to learn new ways of working

seek information to improve performance from people and workplace documents like policies, procedures etc

understand equipment characteristics, technical capabilities, limitations and procedures


use technology to monitor and report on work progress

use communications technology appropriate to the workplace (email, mobile, radio, etc)

operate equipment safely