Certificate III in Drilling Operations

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as drillers who perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.


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 thirteen (13) units of competency made up of:

eight (8) Core units, and

five (5) elective units of which:

up to two (2) must come from the Group A electives listed below, including at least one (1) Conduct unit

at least two (2) from the Group B electives listed below

up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level II, III or IV level 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 BSBCMN311B

Maintain workplace safety

add topic RIIBEF301A

Run on-site operations

add topic RIICOM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic RIINHB301A

Set up and prepare for drilling operations

add topic RIIRIS301B

Apply risk management processes

add topic RIISAM209A

Carry out operational maintenance

add topic MSAPMSUP172A

Identify and minimise environmental hazards

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title


Conduct down-hole hammer drilling

add topic RIINHB302A

Conduct reaming

add topic RIINHB303A

Install product pipe

add topic RIINHB304B

Conduct air drilling

add topic RIINHB305A

Conduct continuous flight auger drilling

add topic RIINHB306A

Conduct large diameter auger drilling

add topic RIINHB307B

Conduct conventional core drilling

add topic RIINHB308A

Conduct wireline core drilling

add topic RIINHB309A

Conduct guided boring

add topic RIINHB310A

Conduct surface directional drilling

add topic RIINHB311A

Conduct mud rotary drilling

add topic RIINHB312A

Conduct raise boring

add topic RIINHB313A

Conduct cable tool drilling

add topic RIINHB315A

Conduct top-hole hammer drilling

add topic RIINHB316A

Conduct underground in-seam directional drilling

add topic RIINHB317A

Install underground in-seam directional drilling standpipes

add topic RIINHB318A

Install and operate water and gas control equipment

add topic RIINHB319A

Install de-watering conduit and gas drainage equipment

add topic RIINHB320A

Construct monitoring bores

add topic RIINHB322A

Construct multiple aquifer production bores

add topic RIINHB323A

Conduct horizontal directional drilling

add topic RIINHB324B

Carry out grouting or cementing operations

add topic RIINHB325A

Construct and complete single aquifer production bores

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

add topic HLTFA402B

Apply advanced first aid

add topic PMASUP236B

Operate vehicles in the field

add topic RIIBHD301A

Conduct surface blast hole drilling operations

add topic RIIBHD304B

Set-up and prepare for open cut drilling operations

add topic RIIBLA201A

Support shotfiring operations

add topic RIIBLA202B

Support underground shotfiring operations

add topic RIIBLA205A

Store, handle and transport explosives

add topic RIIBLA301A

Conduct surface shotfiring operations

add topic RIIBLA303A

Conduct underground development shotfiring

add topic RIIBLA304A

Conduct underground production shotfiring

add topic RIIERR301A

Respond to mine incident

add topic RIIERR302A

Respond to local emergencies and incidents

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 RIINHB219A

Assist with air drilling

add topic RIIOGD304A

Apply effective coal seam gas control practices

add topic RIIOGD305A

Apply blow out prevention operational procedures

add topic RIIOGD405A

Carry out well control and blow out prevention

add topic RIIQUA201A

Maintain and monitor site quality standards

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