Oct 14, 2020

Here’s the drill on new training offerings

Here’s the drill on new training offerings

The Australian Drilling Industry Association has launched two new courses to give non-drillers a better handle on aspects of the industry.

The two online offerings that kicked off last month focus on exploration drilling and geotechnical drilling, following on from an existing course in waterwell drilling for project managers, according to ADIA chief executive officer Peter Hall.

“These courses are not intended for drillers or someone wanting to be a driller,” Mr Hall said.

“They are more intended for people who are working in the industry around the drilling operations.”

He said the exploration drilling course would benefit mining company employees involved in setting up a drill program and working with drillers, for example.

“That would give them a lot more understanding of some of the terminology that the drillers would be using. It would give them a much better grounding in why they are recommending a certain approach to the job, a certain type of drilling – whether it is diamond drilling or RC drilling, whatever method the contractor thinks is best suited to the ground.

“Then the person in the mining company will be better informed and hopefully able to make a better decision around it, for sure.

“The geotechnical drilling course is suited to somebody working in an engineering consultancy or one of the bigger civil contracting companies who contract out the drilling side of a project.

“It could be building a bridge or doing the foundation drilling for building a road or rail or to put a dam in.

“It would benefit anybody in that industry who has interaction with the drilling people.”

Being able to offer the training online meant that people on a remote mine site or anywhere else in Australia or overseas could go online and complete elements when it suited them, he said.

“If someone spent two to four hours a week on it in their spare time it would probably take two to three months to get through it,” Mr Hall said.

“That’s on the proviso that you don’t know much of the material to start with. Someone who is pretty well versed already would probably go through it in three or four weeks.”

The cost of the courses is $455 plus GST for ADIA members and $525 plus GST for non-members, with the price including all reference and training materials and online support.  

The courses culminate in an exam, with a certificate for those who make the grade. However as the ADIA is not an RTO, they do not result in an accredited qualification.

“They are more general industry courses around improving your knowledge,” Mr Hall said.

A fourth online training program is in planning to focus on production drilling and raise boring for non-drillers.

  • More information on ADIA online courses here – https://www.adia.com.au/advocacy/online-industry-training-courses