Unit of competency details

RIIOGD404D - Coordinate air drilling operations (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes RIIOGD404A - Coordinate air drilling operations 13/Nov/2013
Is superseded by and equivalent to RIIOGD404E - Coordinate air drilling operations 22/Sep/2020

ReleaseRelease date
(View details for release 3) 07/Dec/2014
2 (this release) 29/Jan/2014
(View details for release 1) 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 coordinate air drilling operations in Drilling.

This unit is appropriate for those working in supervisory roles.

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 coordination of air drilling operations

1.1 Access, interpret and apply coordinate air drilling operations documentation and ensure 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 Resolve coordination requirements with others at the site prior to commencing, during, and on completion of work activities

1.6 Apply air drilling and conventional mud drilling techniques

1.7 Apply work health and safety and emergency procedures

2 Examine correct air drilling procedures

2.1 Obtain, interpret, confirm and apply pre-tour and pre-drilling checklists

2.2 Identify components that make up an air drilling package and explain their use to crew members

2.3 Identify and apply parameters to watch during work activity

2.4 Identify and secure crew numbers and expertise

2.5 Identify and confirm conditions required to initialise the drilling of new holes

2.6 Identify, explain and carry out test procedures with crew

2.7 Identify and explain tripping procedures to crew and apply

2.9 Determine and implement correct communications and record keeping procedures

3 Conduct housekeeping activities

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

3.2 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

Performance Criteria amended to include Housekeeping element and improve Plan and Prepare element.

Performance Evidence

Evidence 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 coordination of air drilling operations through:
  • identifying, addressing and reporting potential hazards and risks
  • controlling identified hazards
  • implementing emergency response plan and procedures
  • identifying, addressing and reporting environmental issues
  • rectifying and/or reporting faults and malfunctions
  • works effectively with others to plan, prepare, undertake and coordinate air drilling operations to meet all required outcomes 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 and effective air drilling operations that safely, effectively and efficiently meet all of the required outcomes on a minimum of one (1) occasion including:
  • applying air drilling and conventional mud drilling techniques
  • watching parameters during operations
  • performing calculations including:
  • annular velocity
  • sinking/slipping velocity
  • pressure
  • flow test procedure
  • volume
  • conversion between metric and imperial
  • use of a calculator

Knowledge Evidence

  • The candidate must demonstrate knowledge in applying coordination to air drilling operations through:
  • accessing, interpreting and applying legislative, organization and site requirements and procedures for:
  • identifying and managing risks
  • 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
  • explaining tripping procedures to crew
  • applying effective techniques for air drilling operations
  • standard working practices and procedures for air drilling operations
  • determining pressure volume requirements
  • maintaining air requirements

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