Safety Training Courses for Offshore Oil Rigs

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Offshore oil rig safety specialists enrol in a training seminar to gain practical expertise in the fields of drilling rig operation and oil well drilling. Trainees also learn about federal and state regulations concerning oil-related operations.

Academic Requirements

A bachelor's or associate degree in occupational heath or public safety is the standard credential for most generalist positions in this field, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. Employers favour job candidates with relevant work experience.


According to the BLS, a new offshore oil rig safety specialist receives on-the-job training. Most employees need less than one year of coaching by experienced professionals, indicates O*Net OnLine. Offshore oil rig safety specialists learn how to introduce procedures to make drill work more effective, examine operations of slush pumps and provide technical guidance to drill supervisors and labourers.


According to O*Net OnLine, an offshore oil rig safety training program instructs attendees on how to use the tools of the trade. These include drill pipes, throttles, levers, rotary tables and brake pedals.