Certificate III in Drilling Oil/Gas (On shore)

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as a derrickman 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 fourteen (14) units of competency made up of:

ten (10) Core units, and

four (4) elective units of which:

at least two (2) must come from the Group A electives list below

up to two (2) units may come from the Group B electives, or from AQF level II, III or IV in 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 BSBFLM303C

Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic MSAPMSUP172A

Identify and minimise environmental hazards

add topic RIIERR302A

Respond to local emergencies and incidents

add topic RIIOGD209A

Operate and maintain ancillary equipment

add topic RIIOGD301A

Conduct and maintain derrick operations

add topic RIIOGD302A

Trip casing

add topic RIIOGD303A

Trip pipe

add topic RIIOGN302A

Operate mud pumps

add topic RIIOGN303A

Operate mud systems

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MSAPMPER300C

Issue work permits

add topic PMASUP236B

Operate vehicles in the field

add topic RIIOGD205A

Support blowout prevention operations

add topic RIIOGD206A

Assist with coal seam gas control

add topic RIIOGD203A

Prepare and operate drilling fluid systems

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIOHS202A

Enter and work in confined spaces

add topic RIIOHS204A

Work safely at heights

add topic RIISAM204B

Operate small plant and equipment

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction


    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