Qualification details

RII32009 - Certificate III in Drilling Oil/Gas (On shore) (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 21/Mar/2012
(View details for release 1) Replaced22/Jun/2011

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by RII32013 - Certificate III in Drilling Oil/Gas (On shore) 13/Nov/2013

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBCMN311B - Maintain workplace safetyMaintain workplace safety N/A
BSBFLM303C - Contribute to effective workplace relationshipsContribute to effective workplace relationships N/A
MSAPMPER300C - Issue work permitsIssue work permits N/A
MSAPMSUP172A - Identify and minimise environmental hazardsIdentify and minimise environmental hazards N/A
PMASUP236B - Operate vehicles in the fieldOperate vehicles in the field N/A
RIIERR302A - Respond to local emergencies and incidentsRespond to local emergencies and incidents N/A
RIIOGD203A - Prepare and operate drilling fluid systemsPrepare and operate drilling fluid systems N/A
RIIOGD205A - Support blow out prevention operationsSupport blow out prevention operations N/A
RIIOGD206A - Assist with coal seam gas controlAssist with coal seam gas control N/A
RIIOGD209A - Operate and maintain ancillary equipmentOperate and maintain ancillary equipment N/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 Oil and Gas Drilling 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Derrickman (Oil/Gas On Shore) 

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

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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

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Entry Requirements

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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 fourteen (14) units of competency made up of:

  • ten (10) Core units, and
  • four (4) elective units of which:
  • at least two (2) must come from the Group A electives list below
  • up to two (2) units may come from the Group B electives, or 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


Contribute to effective workplace relationships


Identify and minimise environmental hazards


Respond to local emergencies and incidents


Operate and maintain ancillary equipment


Conduct and maintain derrick operations


Trip casing


Trip pipe


Operate mud pumps


Operate mud systems

Group A electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Issue work permits


Operate vehicles in the field


Support blowout prevention operations


Assist with coal seam gas control


Prepare and operate drilling fluid systems

Group B electives  

Unit code

Unit title


Enter and work in confined spaces


Work safely at heights


Operate small plant and equipment


Provide work skill instruction

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