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Cert II In Drilling Operations


Target Group

This qualification reflects the role of individuals such as assistant drillers who undertake a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures.

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.


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eHe are committed to working with individuals, organisations, and industry to provide quality, relevant, customised training. We will not lower, or increase the national standards, but we will broaden the standard to incorporate the dimensions of competency.

Training will be contextualised where applicable to meet training requirements.

Collaboratively we offer a variety of means to participate in training and assessment ensuring that the service provided is fair, equitable and inclusive to all students.

Learning Aims
& Objectives

Following the successful completion of this qualification students will be able to, but are not limited to:

  • Work effectively with others in the workplace
  • Communicate effectively in the drilling industry
  • Understanding of drilling terminology and techniques
  • Work safely and control risk in the workplace
  • Respond competently to environmental and heritage concerns
  • Legislation & organisational policies & procedures
  • Setup, maintain, and pack up drilling site requirements
  • Successfully perform a variety of driller assistant applications
  • Basic maintenance of plant and equipment
  • Apply initiative during daily routine
  • Take responsibility for own actions


At The following provides the packaging rules for this qualification, followed by the list of relevant units of competency.

Total number of units = 12
8 core units plus
4 elective units, of which:

  • at least one (1) must be chosen from the Group A
  • no more than three (3) may be chosen from Group B
  • no more than one (1) may be chosen from within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.


All elective units selected from outside this qualification must reflect current occupational and learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level.
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 no 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
[Nominal Hours]

  • BSBWOR203 – Work effectively with others [15]
  • RIICOM201E – Communicate in the workplace [20]
  • RIIENV201E – Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns [20]
  • RIINHB201E – Load, secure and unload drilling equipment and materials [40]
  • RIINHB202E – Set up/pack up drill site [40]
  • RIINHB203E – Support drilling process [60]
  • RIIRIS201E – Conduct local risk control [36]
  • RIIWHS201E – Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures [20]

Elective Units Group A
[Nominal Hours]

  • RIINHB205F – Assist continuous flight auger drilling [40]
  • RIINHB206E – Assist large diameter auger drilling [40]
  • RIINHB208E – Assist diamond core drilling [40]
  • RIINHB209E – Assist guided boring [40]
  • RIINHB210E – Assist surface directional drilling [40]
  • RIINHB211E – Assist mud rotary drilling [40]
  • RIINHB213D – Assist cable tool drilling [45]
  • RIINHB216E Assist underground in-seam directional drilling [40]
  • RIINHB217E – Assist horizontal direction drilling [40]
  • RIINHB218E – Assist grouting or cementing operations [40]
  • RIINHB219E – Assist with air drilling [40]
  • RIINHB220 – Assist coil tube drilling
  • RIINHB221 – Assist rotary air drilling
  • RIINHB222 – Assist sonic drilling

Elective Units Group B
[Nominal Hours]

  • BSBDIV301 – Work effectively with diversity [30]
  • CPCCLDG3001A – Licence to perform dogging [80]
  • HLTAID003 – Provide first aid [18] (HLTAID011)
  • RIICCM210D – Install trench support [16]
  • RIICRC203D – Install sub-soil drainage [20]
  • RIIERR202E – Contribute to the control of emergencies and critical situations [30]
  • RIIHAN206E – Transport plant, equipment and personnel [30]
  • RIIHAN208E – Perform dogging [80]
  • RIIHAN213E – Work effectively in the drilling industry [50]
  • RIIHAN307E – Operate a vehicle loading crane [40]
  • RIIHAN309F – Conduct telescopic materials handler operations [80]
  • RIIHAN311F – Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier [30]
  • RIIMPO304E – Conduct wheel loader operations [40]
  • RIINHB218E – Assist grouting or cementing operations [40]
  • RIIOGD205E – Support blow out prevention operations [20]
  • RIIOGD206E – Assist with coal seam gas control [20]
  • RIIQUA201E – Maintain and monitor site quality standards [20]
  • RIIRIS202E – Respond to site-based spills [20]
  • RIISAM202E – Isolate and access plant [30]
  • RIISAM215E – Carry out drilling industry operational maintenance [40]
  • RIISTD202D – Collect routine site samples [40]
  • RIIUND206D – Install hand held underground ground support [20]
  • RIIVEH201E – Operate light vehicle [30]
  • RIIVEH203E – Operate light vehicle underground [40]
  • RIIVEH305E – Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle [40]
  • RIIWHS204E – Work safely at heights [20]
  • TLILIC0003 – Licence to operate a forklift truck [40]

Optional Extra

Price to be set at consultation due to delivery variations

Additional units of competency available upon request at an additional cost.

Learner Characteristics

To ensure training and assessment is contextualised effectively, we have introduced a short Learner Characteristic online quiz which identifies individual dominant learning characteristic.


This course requires students to actively participate in the following:

  1. Face to face and/or online (Zoom) training
  2. Group discussion including brain storming activities
  3. On the job direct training within the workplace and/or simulated environment
  4. Theory activities including but not limited to: Research projects, assignments, and workbooks. (Option to have hard or soft copy for theory activities
  5. Online activities
  6. Practical activities completed in the workplace and/or simulated work environment

These activities provide additional learning opportunities and enables students to self-assess their progress throughout.


This course requires students to successfully complete:

  1. Verbal questioning
  2. Written assessment
  3. Online short assessment
  4. Practical face to face assessments completed in the workplace and/or simulated work environment
  5. Completion of portfolio of evidence collected over qualification period
    For example: Includes, but is not limited to prestarts, hazard analysis, risk assessments, internal reporting

These activities provide additional learning opportunities and enables students to self-assess their progress throughout.

Student Workload
(Total Hours)

Individual student training and assessment workload must be completed within the given time frame; however, training and assessment will be adapted to suit individuals to ensure a stress-free process.

A minimum of 1 Month (RPL) – 24 Months


Includes, but is not limited to communication, hand signals, uhf, signs, hazard analysis, safety, risk assessment, control measures, hierarchy of controls, problem solving, policies, procedures, emergencies, drilling equipment, take 5, JSA, SWP, SOP, SWMS, air drilling, auger, rotary, diamond, wireline, boring, directional, cable tool, horizontal, grouting, cementing, drilling industry

Required Materials
& Resources

Varies depending on individual elective units, however based on the core units the following applies:

  • Drill site, rig and equipment
  • Legislation, organisational & site policies and procedures
  • UHF, signage & symbols
  • Access to internet and computer/iPad


All learning materials are provided.

  • Learner Guide where appropriate
  • Learner Resource Books
  • Learner Activity Workbooks
  • Learner Assessments

Core Skill Framework

eHe will contextualise training and assessment where and when applicable without lowering the standard to assist individuals with barriers in oral communication, learning, language, literacy and numeracy whilst undertaking this qualification.

Adult core skills development is lifelong because we are likely to require new or enhanced core skills each time, we take on new roles and responsibilities or move into a new situation, or as a result of changes in the environment, including new technologies. Thus, any focus on improving core skills should not be confined to those with limited skills, but extend ‘to all people trying to understand new forms of communication and information as they take on different roles in life and work’ (Foster & Beddie 2005 P.1)

The inclusion of learning as a core skill also reflects the dynamics of the ACSF and the critical importance of adopting strategies that help us adapt to changing circumstances and new challenges out our lives. (ACSF Introduction Pg2)
and uses own familiar support resources.

Occupational outcomes for this qualification

The qualification reflects the role of employees such as drillers’ assistants who undertake a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and who take some responsibility for the quality of work outcomes.

Key foundation skills for this qualification

Learning skills to recognise and respond to safety issues and
procedures: recognise potential hazards and risks and consider risk treatments; identify and act on or report breaches in safety; identify and control risks to personal wellbeing; identify and access communication equipment and systems; carry out pre-start checks and check equipment is in working order; load and unload equipment safely; maintain a clean
work environment; and adhere to site policies relating to smoking, drug and alcohol use.

Reading skills to interpret key compliance information; interpret the organisation’s internal policy, goals and objectives; identify and assess risk criteria; collect, analyse and organise information; access and interpret site information; and interpret product information.

Writing skills to complete routine reports and records (which maybe computer based), including hazard reporting forms such as: incident, near miss and shift reports, JSAs, Take 5 and Step Back reports.

Oral Communication skills to use communications equipment; use signaling methods; report faults and hazards; communicate information on the course of action; to speak clearly and directly, listen carefully to instructions and information, and respond to and clarify directions.

Numeracy skills to interpret geological technical data; product information; consider height, weight, size and crushability of equipment and materials when loading and unloading; apply time management; and apply mathematical skills to perform basic risk rating of hazards.


Our aim where possible is to have 2 trainers available for assistance throughout the training process to provide opportunity for a broader scope of knowledge and compatibility.

For RPL, we will provide an industry experienced and/or qualified individual to assist on site with the RPL process, which will include navigating the challenge theory test, collecting and collating appropriate evidence, video footage of individual drilling performance and generating verbal discussion to measure experience, skills and knowledge to support the RPL process.


Trainer information will be provided on request prior to enrolment outlining experience and industry engagement when and if required.

Industry Engagement

Minimum of 5 years’ experience
75% of our trainers are currently working in their field of expertise and training as a secondary engagement. The 25% of Inclusive trainers who are not currently working in the field undertake regular drilling industry consultation.


RII20920 Certificate II in Drilling Operations
RII31820 Certificate III in Drilling Operations (Completed/Enrolled)
RII50620 Diploma of Drilling Operations (Desired by not essential)

Validation Strategies

Course material is contextualised prior to each course to ensure training and assessment activities suit individual and organisational requirements in line with industry. Changes are documented via version control.

Formal validation is undertaken every 5 years; however, it is important to note the following:

Material is reviewed by each drilling company and adapted to suit their drilling methods, site/company policies and procedures as well as their training processes.

Where the material is being undertaken by an individual, all relevant feedback relating to the material is collated, assessed, consulted with industry experts and implemented if warranted.


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