Certificate IV in Drilling Oil & Gas (On shore)

Who should enrol in this RPL program?

This qualification reflects the role of employees such as senior drillers working in an on shore oil/gas context. 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.

What career outcomes are available with this program?

Upon successful completion of this program the following career options are available to you:

  • Senior Driller – Oil/Gas On Shore
  • Senior Driller – Seismic
  • Senior Driller – Mineral Production
  • Senior Driller – Mineral Exploration
  • Senior Driller – Trenchless Technology
  • Senior Driller – Water Well
  • Senior Driller – Environmental
  • Senior Driller – Foundations
  • Senior Driller – Geotechnical
  • Senior Derrickman or Motorman

How is the program delivered?

This is an RPL program which seeks to recognise an individual’s existing skills and knowledge within the building and construction industry.
Each student must complete a self-assessment form. This is followed by an onboarding call with the RPL assessor. During this call, the assessor will compile the RPL evidence list and email this to the student. The student must submit their evidence to the assessor for review.
RPL evidence can be submitted by email, through messaging, in-person or in hard copy format.


Intake for this program is monthly.

Program units

Our RPL program is made up of the following 12 units, comprising 8 core units and 4 elective units:

  • BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
  • RIIERR304D Control emergencies and critical situations
  • RIIOGD401D Rig up, conduct pre-spud operations and rig down
  • RIIOGD402D Participate in nippling-up and pressure testRIIOGD403D Conduct drilling operations
  • RIIOGD405D Carry out well control and blow out prevention
  • RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes
  • RIIWHS405D Maintain standard procedures and safe working practices
  • RIIOGD304D Apply effective coal seam gas control practices
  • RIIOGD305D Apply blow out prevention operational procedures
  • RIIOGD507D Manage and monitor rig up and rig up to spud operations
  • RIIBEF401D Manage non-routine, complex technical situations

Program requirements

Each student must have access to the following items to undertake and successfully complete the requirements of this RPL program:

  • Access to a computer or laptop
  • Access to stable internet connection (minimum 3mpbs upload and download speed – this can be checked by using
  • Access to an email account
  • Access to a phone
  • Access to Microsoft Office Suite version 2013 or later

Program duration

Each student will receive 90 days to successfully complete this RPL program.

This is broken into 3 steps:

1. Each student is given up to 10 calendar days to gather and submit their RPL evidence once the evidence list has been sent. The assessor has up to 20 calendar days to review the evidence and email the RPL outcome to the student. This is a total of 30 days in the first instance.

2. If evidence gaps are identified in the student’s first submission, the student will have the opportunity to address the missing evidence and submit the documents to the assessor. Once again, the student will receive up to 10 calendar days to submit their evidence and the assessor will communicate the RPL outcome to the candidate within 20 calendar days. This is a total of 60 days in the second instance.

3. After the second attempt, if the student is unable to achieve full RPL for one or more units in the qualification, the assessor will compose a gap assessment plan for the student. This plan will be developed and targeted for completion within 30 days. The program has now reached the 90-day completion target.

If additional time is required, please refer to the Student Handbook on how to apply for an extension including the extension fees.

The RPL assessment process

Each student must have an onboarding conversation with the assessor about their work history and their ability to access specific RPL evidence. After the onboarding call, the assessor will email the evidence list to the student. Once this has occurred, the student must adhere to the timelines regarding evidence collection.

The program duration will vary for each student depending on the number of units approved through the RPL process and the gaps identified by the assessor.

Click the below link to access our full RPL assessment process detailed in our student handbook

How will the assessor review my RPL evidence?

To have skills formally recognised the assessor must ensure the candidate’s knowledge, skills and supporting evidence address all of the requirements of the unit of competency, qualification and training package rules. In addition, the assessor will also determine any gaps in the candidate’s knowledge.

Once we have received your RPL evidence, the assessor will review your evidence against the unit criteria and determine whether competency has been achieved to the standard expected in the workplace and by the training package.

What if there are gaps in my RPL evidence?

Tecskill will develop a gap assessment plan with the student. This might include collecting evidence through

  • Video recordings or;
  • On-site observation by the assessor

Cost and payment options

RRP* [click here for current program costs]
Tecskill offers three (3) ways to make payment for your program.
Option 1:
A 30% deposit is required to secure the student’s place in the program with the balance paid upon completion (master card, visa, invoice)

Option 2:
Flexible pay as go options;
balance can be across 30-60-90 days via direct debit using Ezidebit payment system.
Or a personalised arrangement can be discussed with your consultant.
Option 3:
The student can ‘opt’ to apply for a study loan. This requires the completion of an application form for approval to secure the study loan.
Corporate discounts are available for group enrolments and corporate clients.
A 10 % discount is available for all previous Tecskill students.

When will I receive my certificate?

Once a student has successfully satisfied the assessment requirements for all units within the program, the student will receive their certificate and record of results (given all course fees have been received by Techskill).

Student Handbook

For more information about our policies and procedures, please click on the link

Please contact Tecskill on (07) 3310 8756 or by email [email protected] if you have any other questions about the program or payment terms.

Support Services

Each student will receive access to the following support staff during their current enrolment period:

Techskill will conduct regular follow-ups to ensure the student is progressing with their evidence compilation.

If the student’s needs are beyond the expertise of Tecskill staff, the student will be referred to the appropriate external body.

Further Information 

For further information or clarification on this program, please contact us via the following methods:

Phone: (07) 3310 8756
Email: [email protected]

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