Qualification details

RII31909 - Certificate III in Drilling Oil/Gas (Off shore) (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by RII31913 - Certificate III in Drilling Oil & Gas (Off shore) 13/Nov/2013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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RIIOGD304A - Apply effective coal seam gas control practicesApply effective coal seam gas control practicesSupersededN/A
HLTFA301B - Apply first aidApply first aidSupersededN/A
RIIERR304A - Control emergencies and critical situationsControl emergencies and critical situationsSupersededN/A
RIIOGF301A - Monitor, operate and maintain mud pits and equipmentMonitor, operate and maintain mud pits and equipmentSupersededN/A
RIICOM201A - Communicate in the workplaceCommunicate in the workplaceSupersededN/A
RIIOGD302A - Trip casingTrip casingSupersededN/A
TAEDEL301A - Provide work skill instructionProvide work skill instructionSupersededN/A
RIIOGF302A - Operate drilling fluids and mud pitsOperate drilling fluids and mud pitsSupersededN/A
RIIOGD209A - Operate and maintain ancillary equipmentOperate and maintain ancillary equipmentSupersededN/A
BSBCMN311B - Maintain workplace safetyMaintain workplace safetySupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 399212 Gas Or Petroleum Operator 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4986-01 Supervisor, Drillers 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Mechanical Engineering,Oil and Gas Drilling 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Motorman,Derrickman (Oil/Gas Off Shore),Pumpman 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 399212 Gas Or Petroleum Operator 02/Sep/2009 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4986-01 Supervisor, Drillers 02/Sep/2009 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 02/Sep/2009 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 514 Certificate III 02/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

Not applicable.


This qualification reflects the role of employees such as a derrickman who perform tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications applied in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve application of some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.

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 thirteen (13) units of competency made up of:

  • ten (10) Core units, and
  • three (3) elective units of which:
  • at least one (1) must come from the Group A electives listed below
  • up to one (1) from the Group B electives listed below
  • up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level II, III or IV in 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


Maintain workplace safety


Identify and minimise environmental hazards


Communicate in the workplace


Control emergencies and critical situations


Operate and maintain ancillary equipment


Conduct and maintain derrick operations


Trip casing


Trip pipe


Contribute to quality work outcomes


Apply risk management processes

Group A electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Apply effective coal seam gas control practices


Apply blow out prevention operational procedures


Monitor, operate and maintain mud pits and equipment


Operate drilling fluids and mud pits

Group B electives 

Unit code

Unit title


Apply first aid


Apply advanced first aid


Provide work skill instruction