Certificate IV in Drilling Operations

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as senior drillers. 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.


Requirements for completion of the qualification

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

Successful completion of eleven (11) units of competency made up of:

seven (7) Core units, and

four (4) elective units of which:

at least one (1) must come from the Group A electives listed below

up to three (3) from the Group B electives listed below

up to one (1) unit may come from AQF level III, IV or Diploma in this, or any other Training Package

Units of competency chosen must be relevant to the competency requirements for the job function.

Core units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBMGT401A

Show leadership in the workplace

add topic BSBMGT402A

Implement operational plan

add topic BSBOHS407A

Monitor a safe workplace

add topic RIIBEF402A

Supervise on-site operations

add topic RIIENV402A

Implement and monitor environmental policies

add topic RIINHB401A

Plan and supervise mobilization of equipment, crew and materials

add topic RIIRIS401A

Apply site risk management system

Group A electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic RIIBEF401A

Manage non-routine complex technical situations

add topic RIINHB402A

Supervise mineral exploration drilling operations

add topic RIINHB403A

Supervise geotechnical drilling operations

add topic RIINHB404A

Supervise seismic drilling operations

add topic RIINHB405A

Supervise water well drilling operations

add topic RIINHB406A

Supervise foundation drilling operations

add topic RIINHB407A

Supervise horizontal directional drilling operations

add topic RIINHB408A

Supervise environmental drilling operations

add topic RIINHB409A

Supervise mineral production and development drilling operations

add topic RIINHB410A

Supervise surface directional drilling operations

add topic RIINHB411A

Construct artesian (flowing) aquifer production bores

add topic RIINHB412B

Construct geothermal wells

add topic RIINHB413A

Supervise underground in-seam directional drilling operations

Group B electives

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBCUS401A

Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

add topic BSBFIM501A

Manage budgets and financial plans

add topic BSBLED401A

Develop teams and individuals

add topic BSBRKG403B

Set up a business or records system for a small office

add topic BSBSMB403A

Market the small business

add topic BSBSMB404A

Undertake small business planning

add topic BSBSMB402A

Plan small business finances

add topic BSBSMB405A

Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

add topic HLTFA402B

Apply advanced first aid

add topic RIIERR401B

Apply and monitor surface operations emergency preparedness and response systems

add topic RIIFIA401A

Manage financial records

add topic RIIOGD405A

Carry out well control and blow out prevention

add topic RIIQUA401A

Apply a quality management system on site

add topic RIISAM401A

Apply site plant, equipment and infrastructure maintenance plan

add topic TAAASS401C

Plan and organise assessment

add topic TAEASS402B

Assess competence

add topic TAEASS403B

Participate in assessment validation


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

The following table includes a summary of the employability skills as identified by the resources and infrastructure industry for this qualification. The table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes required here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


provide clear and direct feedback

listen carefully to instructions and information

read and interpret project plans and safety signs

calculate basic weights, distances and volumes

complete accurate work plans, technical reports, risk assessments, etc

negotiate solutions to customer and workplace based issues

negotiate project details with clients

network with other professionals working in the same field

adjust communication style to meet the needs of people with diverse backgrounds


plan and lead team performance and operations

coordinate project activities and timelines with clients

work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race, religion or political persuasion and people with disability

recognise and respond sensitively to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

provide feedback and advice to staff

participate in site-wide planning and coordination activities


re-allocate staff and resources in response to changing weather, site conditions and priorities

work with staff to solve problems and coordinate team members’ responsibilities and activities

work cooperatively with clients to resolve contract and operational issues

participate in ongoing review and adjustment of operations against performance indicators and project milestones

Initiative and enterprise

act independently to identify potential improvements to working practice and conditions

identify and take steps to resolve risks in the workplace

encourage the exploration and application of innovative approaches to improve on operational performance

Planning and organising

manage and coordinate time and priorities for self and team

identify and obtain appropriate personnel and resources for work

ensure that risks are assessed and appropriate emergency plans are in place

ensure that project planning incorporates the possibility of adapting to future changes


take responsibility for ensuring team targets and goals are achieved

understand the standard of work expected at the work site

proactively manage team performance

develop trust and confidence in staff and customers


be willing to learn new ways of working

seek information to improve performance from people and workplace documents like policies, procedures etc

understand equipment characteristics, technical capabilities, limitations and procedures

participate in and, where appropriate, lead change processes

work with staff to create learning and development plans

prepare and lead formal or informal training sessions


apply a range of basic IT skills in monitoring and reporting on systems

operate equipment safely and according to manufacturer and workplace guidelines

use communications technology appropriate to the workplace (email, mobile, radio, etc)

use computer technology to monitor and communicate project status

use IT to create documents and maintain records of work activities