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HEY WA! Time to stop chilling and start drilling

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

For West Australians keen to start their career in mining, you need to get in shape, get your tickets, and get into drilling now.

The mining sector is having a bit of a ‘bang’ moment, and drillers are the manual labour force upon which the industry is built. Drillers are more than just tradies, and their impact on a mines efficiency is rather outstanding.

What do you need to apply for an Entry Level Driller’s Offsider position?

With the mining industry booming and every man and his dog trying to get a slice, there is a lot of misinformation about what tickets and licenses you actually need before applying for a job! We are here to make it as clear as possible…

So – what do you need to get started?



1. A valid, C-class manual license or HR license.

If you have your HR license you can work both underground and, on the surface.

2. A National Police Clearance with no nasty surprises (ordered within the last 6 months).

If you do not have one before applying, you need to be able to order one. This can wait until you get to interview stage with us.

3. Australian Working Rights.

4. 12 months of recent experience in a hard, repetitive labour.



  • A certificate in Drilling or any form of training

  • A Trade

  • White card

Having one or more of these won’t necessarily put you at an advantage or disadvantage for an Entry Level Drillers Offsider job. But none of them are necessary to spend your money or time on.



  • Personal Isolation

  • Fire Training

  • Perth Regional Hub Essentials for Site

  • Lock Holder

  • Perth Regional Hub Essentials (CBT)

  • Operate and Maintain a 4WD

  • Respiratory Fit Test & Earplug Test

  • Working with Heights

  • First Aid

A lot of this will depend on the client and site you go to but the most important thing to note is that you do not need to fork out any cash for these until you get a job.

At Itch, we can offer you a loan for these tickets, so you do not have any upfront costs.

We will only put you through the tickets and licenses you need, once you have secured the position. If you already have some of these tickets, bonus!


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