You don’t need much formal training to start in this industry.  Your company and your crew will work with you to get you up to speed on your responsibilities on the rig floor.  That said, drilling companies expect serious applicants to have the following qualifications.

What Drilling Companies first look for on your application:Why You Need It:
First Aid CertificateYou will be working with heavy equipment in a fast-paced environment.  Everyone needs First Aid training so crewmembers can respond quickly to minimize incidents if they happen.

H2S Alive CertificateAll rig crewmembers need this industry-standard safety training.  H2S Alive trains you on the proper safe response when working in close proximity to sour gas. 

Enform offers and oversees this one-day course.  If you are not near an Enform campus, safety training providers in your area may provide this course.  Just be sure that the training provides you with an H2S Alive certificate as other H2S training courses don’t meet industry’s standard.
Mobility – driver’s licence and vehicleIt’s important that you are able to follow the rig when it moves to new drilling locations.  Sometimes these locations are in remote areas.   Sometimes a rig will be moved hundreds of kilometres between jobs.


What qualities will make your application stand out?

  • experience showing you are comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • experience working with heavy equipment.
  • experience in a labour-intensive line of work (ie. construction)
  • experience working in a team environment.

All drilling companies support healthy workplaces. Most companies require that you pass a drug test before they will hire you.

As a member of a drilling rig crew, you will be working with heavy equipment and at a fast pace.

At the beginning of each shift, you will need to be well-rested, fit and focused.

You'll be working hard!

Entry level crewmembers move around heavy pieces of equipment.

REMEMBER: plenty of rest and eating nutritious meals and snacks will help you meet the demands of the workday.

Your application checklist:

  • Yes, I have a valid first aid certificate
  • Yes, I have a valid H2S Alive certificate
  • Yes, I have a driver's license and a reliable vehicle
  • I can use my past experience to show I would work well as part of a rig crew.
  • I can use my past experience to show that I'm comfortable working outdoors and with heavy machinery. 

THE FIRST 3 ITEMS ARE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for an application to make the first cut.

NEED HELP WITH THE LAST 2 ITEMS?  Take the Rig Ready Quiz to explore what qualities are useful in a rig career.

Got the basics covered?  The next important thing to understand is how the time of year affects your job search.  Rig work in Canada is seasonal so you want to apply right before peak activity.   The best time to apply is fall and winter.

Rigs do not hire inexperienced applicants in spring and summer.  Find out why.

Other questions about applying to work on the rigs:

CAODC doesn't operate rigs nor hire rig workers.  CAODC doesn't accept applications nor forward resumes to its member companies. 

CAODC can help if you have a general question about working in the industry or applying for rig work.  Send CAODC your question.