RII32013 - Certificate III in Drilling Oil/Gas (On shore)

Have experience in drilling oil/Gas on shore? Get it recognised.

Drilling Oil/Gas On Shore requires a combination of skills and experience, which may be just what you need to achieve formal recognition. Your expertise in operating vehicles in the field, supporting blowout prevention operations, and assisting with coal seam gas control is all highly valued.

If you would like to become certified, expand your job opportunities, or enter the field of Drilling Oil/Gas On Shore, use your skills in conducting and maintaining derrick operations, trip casings, trip pipes, mud pumps, and drilling fluid systems to gain this certification.

Carefully navigate your career map in Drilling Oil/Gas On Shore and discover deposits in all the right places.

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Yes. All of our qualifications are issued by RTOs which have been approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver nationally recognised qualifications that meet national quality assurance requirements. This means that they are recognised by industry and educational institutions in all Australian states and territories as conforming to the required competency standards.

Yes. Because all of our qualifications are issued by reputable RTOs and contain the nationally recognised training logo, they each verify that a candidate has met the Units of Competency required to work in their industry occupation. These qualifications do not indicate how you have obtained the qualification (i.e. through RPL), and are exactly the same as a qualification received from a training provider through any other means.

Get Qualified Australia allows you up 3 months to complete the RPL process, however the actual duration is dependent on the length of time it takes you to provide your evidence. While this is generally 4 weeks, the quicker you submit your evidence, the sooner the process will be completed.

Once all the required evidence has been submitted and your evidence has been assessed, the RTO will then review and issue your qualification within 2-4 weeks, provided that no further evidence is required. This makes it possible for you to achieve your qualification in as little as 1 month, and up to 3 months.

Requests for extensions beyond the allotted 3 month period will be considered on an individual case basis.

While our Customer Service Agents will determine the best evidence for your portfolio, evidence generally takes the form of:

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Other people might use their qualification to improve visa or migration prospects, access postgraduate study, open up their own businesses, meet regulatory requirements, or obtain a licence in their industry or occupation.

Please note that while our qualifications may help you meet minimum licensing requirements, only your state’s relevant licensing authority may issue you your licence. For more information about trades licensing, click here.

Requirements for completion of the qualification 

The following 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 be chosen from group A
  • up to two (2) may be chosen from group B
  • up to two (2) units from Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV in this, or any other Training Package or accredited course

Units chosen must be relevant to the job function.

There are prerequisites to imported units listed in this qualification. Where a unit is imported as an elective care must be taken to ensure that all prerequisites specified are complied with.

A prerequisite must be considered in the total number of units chosen.


Core units of competency 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Maintain workplace safety


Contribute to effective workplace relationships


Identify and minimise environmental hazards


Respond to local emergencies and incidents


Operate and maintain ancillary equipment


Conduct and maintain derrick operations


Trip casing


Trip pipe


Operate mud pumps


Operate mud systems


Group A 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Issue work permits

Prerequisite unit: RIIRIS201B Conduct local risk control


Operate vehicles in the field


Support blowout prevention operations


Assist with coal seam gas control


Prepare and operate drilling fluid systems

Group B 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Enter and work in confined spaces


Work safely at heights


Operate small plant and equipment


Provide work skill instruction

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

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