Qualification details

RII50613 - Diploma of Drilling Operations (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes RII50609 - Diploma of Drilling Operations 13/Nov/2013
Is superseded by and equivalent to RII50615 - Diploma of Drilling Operations 13/Dec/2015

ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 07/Dec/2014
(View details for release 2) 29/Jan/2014
(View details for release 1) 14/Nov/2013

Units of competency

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RIINHB401D - Plan and supervise the mobilisation of equipment, crew and materialsPlan and supervise the mobilisation of equipment, crew and materialsSupersededElective
RIINHB501D - Plan drillingPlan drillingSupersededCore
RIIPRM501D - Implement, monitor, rectify and report on contractsImplement, monitor, rectify and report on contractsSupersededCore
RIINHB406D - Supervise foundation drilling operationsSupervise foundation drilling operationsDeletedElective
RIINHB402D - Supervise mineral exploration drilling operationsSupervise mineral exploration drilling operationsSupersededElective
RIINHB405D - Supervise water well drilling operationsSupervise water well drilling operationsSupersededElective
BSBMGT515A - Manage operational planManage operational planSupersededCore
BSBWHS501A - Ensure a safe workplaceEnsure a safe workplaceSupersededCore
RIINHB408D - Supervise environmental drilling operationsSupervise environmental drilling operationsDeletedElective
RIINHB413D - Supervise underground in-seam directional drilling operationsSupervise underground in-seam directional drilling operationsDeletedElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 312913 Mine Deputy 
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 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Geotechnical Drilling,Environmental Drilling,Water Well Drilling,Blast Hole Drilling,Seismic Drilling,Foundation/Construction Drilling,Trenchless and Directional Drilling,Mineral Exploration Drilling 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Water Well Drilling Supervisor,Foundation/Construction Drilling Supervisor,Blast Hole Drilling Supervisor,Environmental Drilling Supervisor,Trenchless Technology Drilling Supervisor,Mineral Production and Development Drilling Supervisor,Seismic Drilling Supervisor,Geotechnical Drilling Supervisor,Mineral Exploration Drilling Supervisor 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 312913 Mine Deputy 02/May/2014 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4986-01 Supervisor, Drillers 02/May/2014 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 02/May/2014 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 14/Nov/2013 
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Modification History




Replaces RII50609 Diploma of Drilling Operations.


Packaging rules amended to align with other drilling qualifications.


Corrected modification history.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as Senior Drillers or Field Supervisors. 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.

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.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Packaging Rules

Requirements for completion of the qualification 

The following 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:

  • ten (10) core units, and
  • two (2) elective units of which:
  • up to two (2) may be chosen from the electives
  • up to two (2) units may be chosen from Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level from this or any other Training Package or accredited course

Units chosen must be relevant to the job function.

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 of competency  

Unit code 

Unit title 


Manage quality customer service


Manage operational plan


Ensure team effectiveness


Ensure a safe workplace


Implement and maintain environmental management plan


Identify, implement and maintain legal compliance requirements


Plan drilling


Implement and maintain management systems to control risk


Implement, monitor, rectify and report on contracts


Manage general drilling equipment maintenance


Unit code 

Unit title 


Plan and supervise the mobilisation of equipment, crew and materials


Supervise mineral exploration drilling operations


Supervise geotechnical drilling operations


Supervise seismic drilling operations


Supervise water well drilling operations


Supervise foundation drilling operations


Supervise horizontal directional drilling operations


Supervise environmental drilling operations


Supervise mineral production and development drilling operations


Supervise surface directional drilling operations


Construct artesian (flowing) aquifer production bores


Construct geothermal wells


Supervise underground in-seam directional drilling operations

Qualification Mapping Information

No equivalent qualification


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