Qualification details

RII20909 - Certificate II in Drilling Operations (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by RII20913 - Certificate II in Drilling Operations 13/Nov/2013

ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 29/May/2013
(View details for release 2) 21/Mar/2012
(View details for release 1) 22/Jun/2011

Units of competency

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RIIRIS201B - Conduct local risk controlConduct local risk controlSupersededN/A
RIINHB216A - Assist underground in-seam directional drillingAssist underground in-seam directional drillingSupersededN/A
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aidSupersededN/A
RIIHAN208A - Perform doggingPerform doggingSupersededN/A
RIIVEH201B - Operate light vehicleOperate light vehicleSupersededN/A
RIINHB206A - Assist large diameter auger drillingAssist large diameter auger drillingSupersededN/A
RIIHAN213A - Work effectively in the drilling industryWork effectively in the drilling industrySupersededN/A
RIICOM201A - Communicate in the workplaceCommunicate in the workplaceSupersededN/A
RIIOHS201A - Work safely and follow OHS policies and proceduresWork safely and follow OHS policies and proceduresSupersededN/A
RIINHB209A - Assist guided boringAssist guided boringSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 821912 Driller's Assistant 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 9911-13 Drillers Assistant 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Mineral Exploration Drilling,Trenchless and Directional Drilling,Blast Hole Drilling,Environmental Drilling,Seismic Drilling,Foundation/Construction Drilling,Geotechnical Drilling,Water Well Drilling 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Seismic Driller's Assistant,Foundation/Construction Driller's Assistant,Field Assistant/Fieldworker (Mining),Geotechnical Driller's Assistant,Leasehand,Shotfirer’s Assistant,Blast Hole Driller's Assistant,Water Well Driller's Assistant,Mineral Production and Development Driller's Assistant,Mineral Exploration Driller's Assistant,Environmental Driller's Assistant,Rouseabout,Trenchless Technology Driller's Assistant 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 821912 Driller's Assistant 02/Sep/2009 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 9911-13 Drillers Assistant 02/Sep/2009 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 02/Sep/2009 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 02/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

Not applicable.


This 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.

Pathways Information

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

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: 


  • speak clearly and directly
  • listen carefully to instructions and information
  • read and interpret work instructions and safety signs
  • calculate basic weights, distances and volumes
  • complete incident and maintenance reports
  • adjust communication style to meet the needs of people with diverse backgrounds


  • apply teamwork in a range of situations, particularly in a safety context
  • contribute to the planning and execution of operations
  • work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race, religion or political persuasion and people with disability
  • recognise and respond sensitively to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds


  • adjust work methods in response to changing weather and site conditions
  • participate in team solutions to safety issues

Initiative and enterprise

  • independently adapt to changing work conditions or different work areas
  • identify potential improvements to working practice and conditions
  • identify and assess risks in the workplace

Planning and organising

  • manage time and priorities to complete work
  • identify and obtain appropriate equipment and permits
  • identify potential hazards and prepare appropriate responses
  • follow procedures and techniques relevant to the equipment and work being done


  • take responsibility for planning and organising own work priorities and completing assigned tasks
  • monitor own performance to ensure work will be completed well and on time
  • understand the standard of work expected at a work site


  • 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


  • use technology to monitor and report on work progress
  • use communications technology appropriate to the workplace (email, mobile, radio, etc)
  • operate equipment safely

Packaging Rules

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 twelve (12) units of competency made up of:

  • eight (8) Core units, and
  • four (4) elective units of which:
  • at least one (1) must come from the Group A electives listed below
  • up to three (3) may come from the Group B electives listed below
  • up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level II or III from 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


Work effectively with others


Communicate in the workplace


Identify and assess environmental and heritage concerns


Load, secure and unload drilling equipment and materials


Set up/pack up drill site


Support drilling process


Work safely and follow OHS policies and procedures


Conduct local risk control

Group A electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Assist continuous flight auger drilling


Assist large diameter auger drilling


Assist diamond core drilling


Assist guided boring


Assist surface directional drilling


Assist mud rotary drilling


Assist cable tool drilling


Assist underground in-seam directional drilling


Assist grouting or cementing operations


Assist with air drilling

Group B electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Apply first aid


Contribute to the control of emergencies and critical situations


Operate a forklift


Transport plant, equipment and personnel


Operate a vehicle loading crane


Perform dogging


Work effectively in the drilling industry


Work safely at heights


Maintain and monitor site quality standards


Isolate and access plant


Cut, weld and bend materials


Operate a light vehicle underground


Collect routine site samples


Install hand held underground ground support


Operate light vehicle


Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle