Diamond Drilling

May 2023
Diamond Drilling


Avataa Rouillier Drilling

Raglan Mine facilities

Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)

600 hours
includes on-the-job training

Program Description

After completing this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Use the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to safely perform drilling operations and integrate smoothly into the work environment
  • Prepare and repair drilling machines
  • Perform overburden, surface rock, underground rock drilling operations

Admission requirements

Candidates must meet one of the following:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor’s degree.

Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition of equivalent learning.

Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test, or recognition of equivalent learning.

Program Content

See all the block of hours below.



Statement of competency




760-531 Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 15 1

760-543 Apply basic principles of health and safety on drill sites 45 3

760-551 Scale the back and walls of an excavation 15 1

760-564 Relocate to a new drill site 60 4

760-572 Prepare the anchor holes for a diamond drill in an excavation 30 2

760-583 Install various types of diamond drills 45 3

760-593 Ensure a constant water supply 45 3

760-606 Perform overburden drilling operations 90 6

760-618 Perform surface rock drilling operations 120 8

760-628 Perform underground rock drilling operations 120 8

760-631 Compare geotechnical drilling to diamond drilling 15 1

600 40