Because of the continuing worldwide demand for petroleum products, employment on an oil rig provides job security and high wages. Due to the special aspects of the job, preparation for employment includes attendance at an oil rig school. These schools provide the specialised training and contacts necessary to procure employment anywhere in the world where oil extraction is ongoing.
Maritime Drilling Schools Ltd.
Maritime, located in Nova Scotia, Canada, offers a 10-day drilling operations program, tailored for work on an oil rig either on land or at . This program provides training on all aspects of the employment. The curriculum includes a primer on oil well drilling and training on drill floor operations. Upon completion, students are placed in contact with potential employers worldwide.
Malaga Drilling School
Located in Spain, courses in well control are offered for land-based or sea-based oil rigs. Most courses last four days plus an exam on the fifth day. The objectives of the courses are to provide the necessary training and knowledge for entry level oil drilling practices. A three-day refresher course is also offered.
Murchison Drilling Schools, Inc.
Murchison is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of the many courses offered, titled "Floater Operations Transitions", presents information during the two-day session for experienced surface workers seeking to make the transition to offshore oil rigs. It includes exposure to the special equipment used and the different mindset of working in a water environment.
Atlantic Petroleum Training College
Located in Nova Scotia, Atlantic offers a certificate program in oilfield training for unskilled individuals. Its Entry-Level Floor-Hand (Roughneck) program lasts 14 days and provides an intensive school setting that prepares an individual for work in the oil rig industry.
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