Certificate IV in Drilling Oil/Gas (Off shore)

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as senior drillers working in an oil/gas context. They perform tasks involving a broad range of varied activities most of which are complex and non-routine. They are responsible for the quantity and quality of the output of others and contribute to the development of technical solutions to non-routine problems.


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:

twelve (12) Core units, and

one (1) elective units of which:

up to one (1) from the Group A electives listed below

up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level III, IV or Diploma 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 BSBMGT401A

Show leadership in the workplace

add topic BSBOHS407A

Monitor a safe workplace

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic RIIERR304A

Control emergencies and critical situations

add topic RIIOGD401A

Rig up, conduct pre-spud operations and rig down

add topic RIIOGD402A

Participate in nippling-up and pressure test

add topic RIIOGD403A

Conduct drilling operations

add topic RIIOGD404A

Coordinate air drilling operations

add topic RIIOGD405A

Carry out well control and blowout prevention

add topic RIIQUA401A

Apply a quality management system on site

add topic RIIRIS402A

Carry out risk management processes

add topic RIISAM314A

Manage oil and gas drilling equipment maintenance

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply First Aid

add topic HLTFA402B

Apply advanced First Aid

add topic RIIERR311A

Assess and implement life support systems and stabilise casualties


    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:


provide clear and direct feedback

listen carefully to instructions and information

read and interpret project plans and safety signs

calculate basic weights, distances and volumes

complete accurate work plans, technical reports, risk assessments, etc

negotiate solutions to customer and workplace based issues

negotiate project details with clients

network with other professionals working in the same field

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


plan and lead team performance and operations

coordinate project activities and timelines with clients

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

provide feedback and advice to staff

participate in site-wide planning and coordination activities


re-allocate staff and resources in response to changing weather, site conditions and priorities

work with staff to solve problems and coordinate team member’s responsibilities and activities

work cooperatively with clients to resolve contract and operational issues

participate in ongoing review and adjustment of operations against performance indicators and project milestones

Initiative and enterprise

act independently to identify potential improvements to working practice and conditions

identify and take steps to resolve risks in the workplace

encourage the exploration and application of innovative approaches to improve on operational performance

Planning and organising

manage and coordinate time and priorities for self and team

identify and obtain appropriate personnel and resources for work

ensure that risks are assessed and appropriate emergency plans are in place

ensure that project planning incorporates the possibility of adapting to future changes


take responsibility for ensuring team targets and goals are achieved

understand the standard of work expected at the work site

proactively manage team performance

develop trust and confidence in staff and customers


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

participate in, and where appropriate, lead change processes

work with staff to create learning and development plans

prepare and lead formal or informal training sessions


apply a range of basic IT skills in monitoring and reporting on systems

operate equipment safely and according to manufacturer and workplace guidelines

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

computer technology is used to monitor and communicate project status

use IT to create documents and maintain records of work activities