This drilling focused qualification follows on from the combined well servicing/drilling foundation Certificate II course. The Certificate III Drilling Oil and Gas has been designed to reflect the role of a Derrickhand who is an essential part of the drilling crew and assists in various operation being carried out.  This qualification reflects the requirements of those wanting to progress to Assistant Driller roles.

This qualification will suit a range of needs including:

  • Assists in developing a broad range of skills in a wide variety of operations‚ which includes selecting equipment, maintaining the drilling fluid and pumps.
  • Tailor made and designed self paced workbooks providing critical theoretical knowledge and on the job training.
  • National Accreditation that is recognised all around Australia and meets legislative competency requirements to work on a rig.
  • Dedicated support from accredited Harness Trainer/Assesors.
  • Those working in the industsry and keen to build capability to be considered for promotional opportunities.
  • Enhanced safety across operational activities as well as critical situation response and prevention strategies.


Course Dates

  • UOC: RII32020 - Certificate III Drilling Oil & Gas (Onshore)
  • Cost: From $2,500
  • Duration: 1 yr or 2 yrs??
  • Funding Available

Book in for Certificate III Drilling Oil & Gas Onshore – RII32020

Use the Form this page to initiate a booking onto this qualification.

Oil and Gas Drilling and Well Servicing qualifications are undertaken over a period of time – 1 -2 years depending on the qualification level. You  can start at almost any time given that these are conducted while you are also working.  Applicants usually apply with the support of employers.

Enquire now and our expert consultants will help you determine the right next steps in your Oil and Gas Industry Career.


Course Details



From $2,500



1 yr or 2 yrs??




Delivery Methods

Delivery Methods

  • Online
  • Workplace based
  • Self pace
  • Employment Based
Unit Of Competency

Unit Of Competency

RII32020 - Certificate III Drilling Oil & Gas (Onshore)

This course covers all core safety and operational aspects as well as equipment, casing and mud pump related units as part of the 10 required core units. In addition, Harness have tailored this qualification to include 4 key drilling areas of focus including drilling fluid systems, blow-out prevention procedures and control practices for coal seam gas. Integral to this course is derrick operations from planning, handling and executing through to rig down.


This Certificate III includes 14 units of study to make up this competency-based qualification:

10 Core Units
  • Maintain Workplace Safety BSBWHS301
  • Work in Accordance with an Issued Permit MSMPER200
  • Contribute to Effective Workplace Relationships BSBFLM303
  • Respond to Local Emergencies and Critical Situations RIIERR302E
  • Operate and Maintain Ancillary Equipment RIIOGD209F
  • Assist in Running Casing RIIOGD302F
  • Identify and Assess Environmental and Heritage Concerns RIIENV201E
  • Trip Pipe RIIOGD303F
  • Operate Mud Pumps RIIOGN302F
  • Operate, Monitor and Maintain Mud Systems RIIOGN303E
4 Elective Units chosen with the input of our clients and industries we support
  • Prepare and Operate Drilling Fluid Systems RIIOGD203F
  • Conduct and Maintain Derrick Operations RIIOGD301E
  • Apply Blow Out Prevention Operational Procedures RIIOGD305E
  • Apply Effective Coal Seam Gas Control Practices RIIOGD304D

Once you successfully complete this course, you’ll receive a certificate. It shows your Qualification and Statements of Attainment for each unit you have passed. All are recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework.

This is a nationally recognised qualification and is issued by Harness Energy (RTO 40521).

Course Requirements

No course pre-requisites apply.  You will need Internet access and a computer for this qualification. Please also review the general important information (relevant to ALL courses) contained in Important Course Requirements page linked as this is a competency-based course and has both practical and theoretical elements.

Additional Infomation

Roles & Industries

  • Roustabout
  • Leasehand
  • Utility Operator
  • Floorhand
  • Lead Floorhand
  • Motorhand
  • Oil & Gas Drilling Onshore
  • Oil & Gas Well Drilling Onshore
  • O??????

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Funding Options


Funding Options*


Construction Skills QLD (CSQ)
User Choice

*Eligibility rules may apply and other funding options may be available to you – depending on your industry or course.

Important Information explaining the common course funding options listed above along with additional information is available in the Linked Important Information page.

Combine To Save!

Working At Heights + Rescue

  • PUAFIR210 – Prevent injury
  • PUASAR022 – Participate in a Rescue Operation
  • RIWHS204E – Work safely at heights
  • PUAEME001 – Provide emergency care