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Program is not available for 2019 intake

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A comprehensive and practical approach to employment preparation for the Drilling Industry

Training leads to opportunities for employment in Alberta's fastest growing sector - the Oil & Gas Industry

Entry Level Positions in the Drilling Industry 

Program length: 15 Weeks Full-Time training

This course covers the following:

  • 15 weeks of full-time training
  • Provides a complete process of employment preparation
  • Technical, safety and on-the-job training provided in conjunction with ENFORM
  • Find employment as a floorhand in the Drilling Industry


 Funded by:

Funded by Canada and Alberta


Program Outline

  • Upgrading - General & Technical English, Math, Work & Life Management, Occupational Heath & Safety (10 weeks)
  • Occupational Training at ENFORM (2 weeks)
  • Hands-on Work Experience at Enform Nisku Training Centre (1 week)
  • Employment Support (2 weeks)

Communication, workplace integration and employment preparation

  • Occupational English & communication
  • Life & work management skills
  • Occupational health & safety
  • General employment preparation

ENFORM Technical and Safety Training in Calgary

  • Introduction to the Petroleum Industry in Canada
  • Environmental land management
  • H2S Alive, Standard First Aid, WHMIS, TDG, PST / CSTS
  • Light Duty Vehicles & Air Brake Endorsement

ENFORM Technical Hands-on Training in Nisku

Work experience on a drilling rig:

  • Systems & components of the drilling rig
  • Floor-hand duties & spinning chain
  • Safe use of hand tools
  • Efficient handling of tongs
  • Proper equipment handling
  • Teamwork

Selection Process

Potential candidates are assessed based on program eligibility criteria plus:

  • Credentials, background & experience
  • Language and communication assessment
  • One-on-one interview with program staff
  • Interview with industry HR personnel
  • Suitability for the nature of the occupation
  • Interest in the drilling industry and commitment to the program

Learn more about our selection process

Client Eligibility

  • Landed immigrant or new Canadian legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Must be unemployed/underemployed
  • Must hold a valid Class 5 Alberta drivers license and own reliable transportation
  • Currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) or received EI in the last three years, or currently receiving Income Support
  • Limited spots for those receiving no funding
  • Excellent communication skills required
  • English at a Canadian Language Benchmark of five and greater
  • Interested in employment in the drilling industry with a strong commitment to the program and employment
  • Willing to undergo alcohol and drug testing with potential employers
  • Physically strong and capable of working in the industry
  • Pass a medical exam
  • Willing to work in camps or travel within the vicinity of drilling activity
  • Willing to relocate and/or work shifts and extended hours in all weather conditions


Application open date

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Program start date

Program is not available for 2019 intake 


How to apply


We accept applications in person only. Please use our map to locate our office.

Our Location:

5th Floor, 1111 - 11 Ave SW. Calgary, Alberta

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