Unit of competency details

RIIOGD403D - Conduct drilling operations (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes RIIOGD403A - Conduct drilling operations 13/Nov/2013
Is superseded by and equivalent to RIIOGD403E - Conduct drilling operations 22/Sep/2020

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

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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030303 Mining Engineering  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030303 Mining Engineering  02/May/2014 
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Unit Of competency

Modification History

Not applicable.


This unit describes a participant’s skills and knowledge required to apply conduct drilling operations in Drilling.

This unit is appropriate for those working in supervisory roles where risk needs to be managed.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit.

Unit Sector

  • Drilling

Elements and Performance Criteria

1 Plan and prepare for drilling operations

1.1 Access, interpret and apply drilling operations documentation and ensure compliance the work activity is compliant

1.2 Obtain, read, interpret, clarify and confirm work requirements

1.3 Identify, address and report potential hazards, risks and environmental issues and implement control measures

1.4 Select and wear personal protective equipment appropriate to the work activities

1.5 Communicate emergency response and work health and safety requirements, including the possibility of wellbore influx and well control, to crew members

1.6 Resolve and maintain coordination requirements with others at the site prior to commencing, during, and on completion of work activities

1.7 Check, clean and lubricate equipment, including mud riser/conductor/connections and rectify and report faults

1.8 Check tool requirements and assembled in wellhead area

2 Commence drilling operations

2.1 Identify, obtain, interpret and clarify drilling program requirements

2.2 Undertake surface hole drilling

2.3 Commence intermediate and main hole drilling operations

2.4 Monitor, maintain and record drilling parameters in line with drilling program

2.5 Calculate and maintain kill sheet requirements and carry out and record integrity tests

2.6 Maintain accurate tubular tallies

2.7 Inspect and prepare casing running tools and casing for operation

3 Maintain drilling operations

3.1 Undertake cementing preparations

3.2 Run casing and prepare for cementing

3.3 Undertake preparations, and give assistance in drilling stem tests and logging and coring operations

3.4 Instruct crew on safe core recovery procedures

3.5 Put arrangements in place for nippling-up and drilling out

4 Drill intermediate and/or main holes

4.1 Obtain, read, clarify and confirm drilling program/timing schedule

4.2 Check equipment and tools for sizing and integrity and rectify or report faults

4.3 Maintain hole within deviation limits

4.4 Adhere to sound drilling and safety practices during nippling-up and pressure testing operations

5 Prepare for hole abandonment

5.1 Confirm program for completion or abandonment

5.2 Check tools/equipment for integrity and rectify or report faults

5.3 Complete written reports

6 Conduct housekeeping activities

6.1 Clean, check, maintain and store plant, tools and equipment

6.2 Report issues identified with plant, tools and equipment

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit. Further information is available in the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package Companion Volume.

Unit Mapping Information

No equivalent Unit


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=88a61002-9a21-4386-aaf8-69c76e675272


Assessment requirements

Modification History

Not applicable.

Performance Evidence

vidence is required to be collected that demonstrates a candidate’s competency in this unit. Evidence must be relevant to the roles within this sector’s work operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria of this unit and include evidence that the candidate:

  • locates and applies relevant documentation, policies and procedures
  • implements the requirements, procedures and techniques for the safe, effective and efficient completion of drilling operations including:
  • identifying, addressing and reporting potential hazards and risks
  • controlling identified hazards
  • carrying out emergency response
  • identifying, addressing and reporting environmental issues
  • preparing written records and reports
  • rectifying and/or reporting faults and malfunctions
  • works effectively with others to undertake and complete drilling operations including:
  • preparing for and organising work activities to meet all task requirements
  • communicating clearly and concisely with others to receive and clarify work instructions
  • using a range of communication techniques and aids to advise others of work activity and exclusion zones
  • demonstrates consistent, timely application of effective drilling operations that effectively and efficiently meet all of the required outcomes on a minimum of one (1) occasion including:
  • undertaking surface and main hole drilling
  • carrying out cementing procedures
  • maintaining drill hole
  • preparing the hole for abandonment
  • troubleshooting and problem solving, including rise in rotary torque and mud pressure
  • performing calculations including:
  • quantities up-hole calculations
  • velocity specific calculations
  • gravity volumes calculations
  • capacities pressure calculations

Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must demonstrate knowledge in applying effective drilling operations through:

  • accessing, interpreting and applying legislative, organization and site requirements and procedures for:
  • setting up work activity
  • site isolation, signage and erecting barriers
  • work health and safety
  • selecting and checking for faults, all plant, tools and equipment to carry out tasks
  • carrying out work to specifications
  • maintaining tubular tallies
  • applying effective techniques for drilling operations
  • standard working practices and procedures for drilling operations

Assessment Conditions

  • An assessor of this unit must satisfy the requirements of the NVR/AQTF or their successors; and Industry regulations for certification and licensing; and,
  • this unit must be assessed in the context of this sector’s work environment; and,
  • this unit must be assessed using Resources and Infrastructure Industry sector specific policies, procedures, processes and operational manuals; and,
  • an assessor must demonstrate the performance evidence, and knowledge evidence as outlined in this Unit of Competency, and through five (5) years of work in the Industry sector; and,
  • where a co-assessment or partnership arrangement exists between a qualified assessor and an Industry technical expert, the Industry technical expert can hold the unit being assessed, and/or demonstrate equivalency of skills and knowledge at the unit level. An Industry technical expert must also demonstrate a minimum of three (3) years of continuous work in the Industry sector, with the preceding one (1) year in the unit they are co-assessing.


Companion Volume implementation guides are found in VETNet - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=88a61002-9a21-4386-aaf8-69c76e675272