RII40913 - Certificate IV in Drilling Operations

A drilling operations expert? It's time to get recognised.

Your career in Drilling Operations probably has you performing tasks like managing complex technical situations, supervising geotechnical, seismic, water well, and foundation drilling operations, and constructing artesian aquifer production bores. If so, you may be eligible for formal recognition based on what you already know.

If you would like to expand your employment opportunities, become certified, or enter the Drilling Operations field, this is the perfect path to underscore skills like managing budgets and financial records, supervising underground in-seam directional drilling operations, and implementing well control and blowout prevention.

Reach down into your career core in Drilling Operations to extract a wealth of opportunity.

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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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  • Job Description
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  • Workplace communication
  • Bookkeeping and financial records

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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 eleven (11) units of competency made up of:

  • seven (7) core units, and
  • four (4) elective units of which:
  • at least one (1) must be chosen from group A
  • up to three (3) may be chosen from group B
  • up to one (1) may be chosen from Certificate III or Certificate IV or Diploma level from this, or any other Training Package or accredited course

Units chosen must be relevant to the job function.

There are both licensed and non-licensed units of competency relating to high risk work in the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package. To be appointed under any statutory requirements in related roles, units of competency should be selected to meet the state/territory licensing requirements. 

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.

Core units of competency  

Unit code 

Unit title 


Show leadership in the workplace


Implement operational plan


Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements


Supervise on-site operations


Implement and monitor environmental policies


Plan and supervise mobilization of equipment, crew and materials


Apply site risk management system


Group A  

Unit code 

Unit title 


Manage non-routine, complex technical situations


Supervise mineral exploration drilling operations


Supervise geotechnical drilling operations


Supervise seismic drilling operations


Supervise water well drilling operations


Supervise foundation drilling operations


Supervise horizontal directional drilling operations


Supervise environmental drilling operations


Supervise mineral production and development drilling operations


Supervise surface directional drilling operations


Construct artesian (flowing) aquifer production bores


Construct geothermal wells


Supervise underground in-seam directional drilling operations

Group B 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies


Manage budgets and financial plans


Develop teams and individuals


Set up a business or records system for a small office


Market the small business


Undertake small business planning


Plan small business finances


Monitor and manage small business operations


Provide first aid


Provide advanced first aid

  • Prerequisite unit: HLTAID003 Provide first aid


Apply and monitor surface operations emergency preparedness and response systems


Manage financial records


Carry out well control and blow out prevention


Apply a quality management system on site


Apply site plant, equipment and infrastructure maintenance plan


Plan and organise assessment


Assess competence


Participate in assessment validation

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the qualification.

Visit Get Qualified Australia’s Trade Licensing page for more information surrounding licensing

  • Australian College of Mining - Provider Code 110084

  • Performance Training - Provider Code 1718

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