Certificate IV in Drilling Operations - RII40915

RII Skills Centre

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Pre-degree

This qualification is part of the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package. It reflects the role of employees such as senior drillers. 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.


  • 11 units: 6 core
  • 5 elective


  • Plan and supervise the mobilisation of equipment, crew and materials
  • Supervise on-site operations
  • Supervise foundation drilling operations
  • Participate in assessment validation
  • Implement and monitor environmental policies
  • Apply site risk management system
  • Supervise mineral exploration drilling operations
  • Carry out the risk management process
  • Supervise environmental drilling operations
  • Supervise underground in-seam directional drilling operations
  • Supervise geotechnical drilling operations
  • Supervise seismic drilling operations
  • Market the small business
  • Undertake small business planning
  • Manage budgets and financial plans
  • Carry out well control and blow out prevention
  • Set up a business or records system for a small business
  • Assess competence
  • Supervise mineral production and development drilling operations
  • Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
  • Plan assessment activities and processes
  • Construct geothermal wells
  • Plan small business finances
  • Provide leadership in the supervision of diverse work teams
  • Communicate Information
  • Construct artesian (flowing) aquifer production bores
  • Provide advanced first aid
  • Show leadership in the workplace
  • Supervise blast hole drilling operations
  • Monitor and manage small business operations
  • Apply a quality management system on site
  • Implement operational plan
  • Provide first aid
  • Supervise horizontal directional drilling operations
  • Manage financial records
  • Manage non-routine, complex technical situations
  • Supervise surface directional drilling operations
  • Apply site plant, equipment and infrastructure maintenance management plan
  • Supervise water well drilling operations
  • Develop teams and individuals
  • Apply and monitor surface operations emergency preparedness and response systems
  • Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

Further information

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.

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