RII32020 – Certificate III in Drilling Oil/Gas (Onshore)

RII32020 - Certificate III in Drilling Oil/Gas (Onshore)

Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of an employee, such as a derrickman, who performs tasks involving a broad range of skilled applications in a wide variety of contexts, which may involve some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services and contingency measures.


Units of Competency

Successful completion of 14 units of competency made up of:

  • 9 core units, plus
  • 5 elective units

Units of Competency delivered

Core Units

  • BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • BSBWHS301 Maintain workplace safety
  • MSMENV172 Identify and minimise environmental hazards
  • RIIERR302E Respond to emergencies and critical situations
  • RIIOGD209E Operate and maintain ancillary equipment
  • RIIOGD302E Trip casing
  • RIIOGD303E Trip pipe
  • RIIOGN302E Operate mud pumps
  • RIIOGN303D Operate mud systems

Elective Units

  • MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit
  • PMASUP236 Operate vehicles in the field
  • RIIOGD304D Apply effective coal seam gas practices
  • RIIMPO304E Conduct wheel loader operations
  • RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces


This course is delivered over approximately 12 – 24 months, allowing for application of learnings within the workplace in between structured sessions.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification. Students are expected to be already working in a site-based role.

Course Outcome and Pathways

Successful graduates will receive a Certificate of Award and Transcript for this qualification. Students who do not complete the full qualification can exit with a Statement of Attainment for successfully completed units of competency.

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Onshore Oil/Gas Derrickman
  • Mineral Driller

After achievement of this qualification, graduates may wish to undertake RII41015 Certificate IV in Drilling Oil & Gas (Off shore).

National Recognition

Everyone is entitled to an opportunity to have their previous skills and knowledge recognised in order to gain formal qualifications and reduce duplication of training and/or assessment activity (and sometimes cost). Students are encouraged to apply at program commencement. Please refer to the Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) information in our Student Handbook for further information.

Training and Assessment

Kevesther delivers its training programs onsite at clients’ workplaces (or alternatively at Kevesther’s own training facilities) through face-to-face training, coaching, and assessment activity (assessment includes knowledge questions and practical demonstration). Wherever possible, we utilise our client’s own company documentation and worksite-specific construction plans, etc. for more effective transfer of learning relevant to individual workplaces. Kevesther’s trainers and assessors work with our clients in a team-approach to ensure each student is given every opportunity to successfully complete their programs.