Diploma of Drilling Oil/Gas (Off shore)

This qualification reflects the role of a supervisor in an off shore drilling operation. The tasks performed involve a high level of autonomy and require the application of significant judgement in planning and determining the selection of equipment/roles/techniques for themselves and others. They are required to demonstrate the application of a broad range of technical, managerial, coordination and planning skills.


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 fifteen (15) units of competency made up of:

fourteen (14) Core units, and

one (1) elective unit from Group A electives below or from AQF level IV, Diploma or Advanced 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 BSBCUS501A

Manage quality customer service

add topic BSBMGT515A

Manage operational plan

add topic BSBOHS509A

Ensure a safe workplace

add topic BSBWOR502A

Ensure team effectiveness

add topic RIIENV501A

Implement and maintain environmental management plan

add topic RIIERR504A

Manage major incidents and emergencies

add topic RIIGOV501A

Identify, implement and maintain legal compliance requirements

add topic RIIOGD501A

Manage rig operations

add topic RIIOGD502A

Plan and evaluate rig operations

add topic RIIOGD504A

Manage drilling operations

add topic RIIQUA501A

Implement, monitor and develop quality management plans

add topic RIIRIS501A

Implement and maintain management systems to control risk

add topic RIIPRM501A

Implement, monitor, rectify and report on contracts

add topic RIISAM502B

Manage general drilling equipment maintenance

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIOGD503A

Oversee drilling operations


    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


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

provide feedback and advice to staff

lead site-wide planning and coordination activities


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

manage staff to solve problems and coordinate individual responsibilities and activities

work cooperatively with clients to resolve contract and operational issues

manage the 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

lead change and continuous improvement processes

manage 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)

use computer technology to monitor and communicate project status

use IT to create documents and maintain records of work activities