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Blast Hole Drilling

This Certificate III qualification teaches the skills and knowledge required to work as a blast hole driller in the mining and construction industries. Blast hole drillers generally work under minimal supervision and undertake a broad range of skilled applications in varied work contexts, using some discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services or contingency measures.

The course includes:

  • Marking out drill patterns
  • Setting up
  • Operating and relocating drill rigs
  • Carrying out equipment maintenance and inspection activities.

The course covers:

  • A wide range of projects hard rock mining, coal mining, civil and construction works.
  • A large range of equipment and systems
  • Pneumatic and hydraulic and sensor driven systems

The elective units of competence which are applicable to this qualification are:

  • RIINHB328 Conduct rotary air drilling
  • RIIBHD301E Conduct surface blasthole drilling operations
  • RIINHB315D Conduct top-hole hammer drilling
  • RIINHB330 Conduct down-hole hammer drilling

On successful completion of the course, they will gain a RII31820 Certificate III in Drilling Operations. A Statement of Attainment will also be issued outlining the specific units of competency completed to form this qualification.

Delivery is either at the workplace or by distance learning. There is a nominal time of 12 – 18 months to complete the qualification.

Already have experience? Students be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or an accelerated pathway. Contact us for an informal chat. There may also be government incentives available for employers and we can assist you to access the information that you need to take advantage of these.