Qualification details

RII50620 - Diploma of Drilling Operations (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to RII50615 - Diploma of Drilling Operations 22/Sep/2020

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 12/Mar/2021
(View details for release 1) 23/Sep/2020

Training packages that include this qualification


SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 312913 Mine Deputy 
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 Water Well Drilling,Mineral Exploration Drilling,Foundation/Construction Drilling,Environmental Drilling,Geotechnical Drilling,Trenchless and Directional Drilling,Blast Hole Drilling,Seismic Drilling 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Trenchless Technology Drilling Supervisor,Mineral Exploration Drilling Supervisor,Mineral Production and Development Drilling Supervisor,Seismic Drilling Supervisor,Geotechnical Drilling Supervisor,Water Well Drilling Supervisor,Environmental Drilling Supervisor,Foundation/Construction Drilling Supervisor,Blast Hole Drilling Supervisor 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 312913 Mine Deputy 23/Sep/2020 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0303 Process And Resources Engineering 23/Sep/2020 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 23/Sep/2020 
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Modification History



Release 2

This version was released with RII Resources and Infrastructure Training Package version 7.0.

Version created to fix typographical and/or unit grid errors.

Release 1

This version first released with RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package Version 5.0.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals such as senior drillers, field supervisors or project managers. 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/Regulatory Information

Licensing, legislative 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


Packaging Rules

The following provides the packaging rules for this qualification, followed by the list of relevant units of competency.

Total number of units = 12

10 core units  plus

2 elective units,  of which:

  • at least one (1) unit must be chosen from the elective list below
  • no more than one (1) unit may be chosen from elsewhere within this training package, or from another endorsed training package, or from an accredited course.

All elective units selected from outside this qualification must reflect current occupational and learning outcomes of this AQF qualification level.

The elective bank contains both licensed and non-licensed units of competency relating to high risk work in the resources and infrastructure industry. 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 a safe workplace for a work area


Lead and manage team effectiveness


Implement and maintain environmental management plans


Identify, implement and maintain legal compliance requirements


Plan drilling


Implement, monitor, rectify and report on contracts


Implement and maintain management systems to control risk


Manage general drilling equipment maintenance


Unit code 

Unit title 


Supervise on-site operations


Provide leadership in the supervision of diverse work teams


Plan and supervise the mobilisation of equipment, crew and materials


Supervise drilling operations


Construct artesian (flowing) aquifer bores


Construct geothermal wells

Qualification Mapping Information

Supersedes and is equivalent to RII50615 Diploma of Drilling Operations.


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