Apply, renew or upgrade a water drilling licence

Upgrade your water drilling licence

To upgrade your water bore drilling licence you must follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the grant or renewal of a drilling licence form. 

Step 2. Attach two current passport photos to your application.

Step 3. Attach six signed statements of bore for the class and each endorsement that you are applying for.

Step 4. For the period to 30 March 2018, if you are applying for sonic endorsement you will need six signed statement of bores using rotary air or rotary mud or sonic. Read more about sonic and other water licence endorsements.

Step 5. Submit your application to your local Water Resources office.

Step 6. Complete the Module B exam for the upgraded class and/or endorsements you are seeking. The Module B exam is given by the Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee.

Step 7. When you pass the Module B exam your application will be either:

  • forwarded to the Drillers Qualification Advisory Committee 
  • or the Department of Land Resource Management (DLRM) will approve your licence.

DLRM may contact you for more information about your application.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017