MySkills Australia

RII31820 Certificate III in Drilling Operations

Course Descriptor Course Code: RII31820
Course Title: Certificate III in Drilling Operations
8 Core Units + 5 Electives
Duration Min 3 months - 12 months.
Course Details Upon successful completion student will be awarded a Certificate III in Drilling Operations
Delivery Method Mixed (Online and Face to Face)
Cost Full Fee $5200
NSW Concession Eligible $240
NSW First Qualification $1450

Government Funded Places available to eligible students

New Entrants to the work force may be eligible for a Fee-Free Traineeship
Funding Option available NSW smart & skilled

As a Driller you will have the opportunity to work in the resources industry, mainly in Oil and Gas exploration and production and surface coal mining on the drill crew.  As this type of work is normally in remote or regional locations.

A HR licence and loader/telehandler competency will come in very handy to help land your start with a drilling company.  Also, as this job is very physical you will need to pass a pre-employment medical and drug/alcohol screening.

After you gain experience and you reach a high level of skills and experience the option may be there for you to move up the ladder in this industry.  There are loads of options, you can start your own business,  or start working your way up the ladder in a larger scale company as a permanent employee.

Course Content

  • – Help driller to move drilling rig and secondary equipment from site to site, set up site and connect power, water hoses and air supply
  • – Help obtain core samples
  • – Mix and test drilling fluids
  • – Clean mud pits and drainage point
  • – Operate equipment, mud pumps and shakers, air and water pumps
  • – Carry out minor maintenance and repairs, including lubrication and cleaning
  • – Clean and maintain equipment, drill and camp sites.


Drillers Offsider Personal Requirements

  • – Capable of following instructions in detail
  • – Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • – Mechanical knowledge and able to handle machinery
  • – High level of physical fitness
  • – Enjoy working as part of a team
  • – Willing to work in remote areas under difficult conditions
  • – Good organisational skills
  • – Able to record details
  • – Be able to pass a drug and alcohol clearance
  • – Pass a pre-employment medical examination
  • – Be over 18 years old

Core units of competency

Unit code 

Unit title 


Maintain workplace safety


Identify and minimise environmental hazards


Run on-site operations


Communicate information


Respond to local emergencies and incidents


Set up and prepare for drilling operations


Apply risk management processes


Carry out operational maintenance

Full Fee $5200

NSW Concession Eligible $240

NSW First Qualification $1450

This qualification is offered via:

  • Class room based
  • Workplace
  • Online
  • A combination of methods

18 years +, education level minimum year 12 or Certificate IV, work experience and access to workplace, technologically literate, English proficiency.

On successful completion students will receive a qualification which is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Our trainers are selected for their industry experience, practical skills and knowledge, as well as passion for life, people and learning. The professionalism of our trainers provides clients with the reassurance that their service and delivery expectations will be met. Trainers utilize innovative online training techniques through which participants are able to transfer the theoretical and practical knowledge they have gained to their workplaces.

Upfront Payment

Payment Plan


No refund or cancellation is available for online courses.

Discretion may be exercised by the Chief Executive Officer in all situations, if the student can demonstrate that extenuating or significant personal circumstance led to their withdrawal. In these cases, the student should be offered a full credit toward the tuition fee in another scheduled program in-lue of a refund. Chief Executive Officer may also authorise a refund of tuition fees if the circumstances require it.

Where refunds are approved, the refund payment must be paid to the student within 14 days from the time the student gave written notice to cancel their enrolment. Tuition refunds are to be paid via electronic funds transfer using the authorised bank account nominated by the student on the Refund Request Form.

If for any reason MySkills is unable to fulfil its service agreement with a student, MySkills must issue a full refund for any services not provided. The basis for determining “services not provided” is to be based on the units of competency completed by the student and which can be issued in a statement of attainment at the time the service is terminated.

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Assessment Methods: Q&A, Case Study, Group Work, Observation, Role Play & Practical Tasks

After completing this course you may wish to further your studies with:

  • RII40915  Certificate IV in Drilling Operations or;
  • Other relevant Diploma qualifications

Credit transfer is the recognition of learning achieved through formal education and training. Under the Australian VET Framework, qualifications and statements of attainment issued by any RTO are to be accepted and recognised by all other RTOs. Credit transfer allows a student to be awarded a unit of competency based on successful completion of the unit which has been previously awarded.

For more information ask about see our Credit Transfer Policy. To apply for Credit Transfer, fill out the Credit Transfer Application form available on our website and attach certified copies of the evidence you have (e.g. Statement of Attainment or Certificate) to show you have completed the unit.

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This process is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Once your existing learning has been determined you are on your way to increasing your knowledge without having to re-learn what you already know.

Call 02 8814 8640 to book an RPL Information Session.

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