Frequently Asked Questions

What type of men and women take this program to enter the drilling industry?

Since our inception May of 2000 Maritime Drilling Schools Limited has registered and trained thousands of individuals from all over the world.  The types of men and women entering this industry with successful outcomes are General Labourers, Ex-Military / Veterans, Trades people, University Graduates / Students, Engineers, Administrative, Teachers, Supply and Service Personnel, Heavy Equipment Operators and Truck Drivers and any person who feels they can take up the challenges of meeting this industries demands.  All of these men and women have opportunities to provide a service to the drilling industry.  Our graduated students can be found working on Land Rigs, Jack ups, Semi Submersibles, Platforms, Service and Supply like Haliburton, Schlumberger, Brown and Root, National Oilwell Varco just to name a few. With the worldwide shortage in this industry and the babyboomers retiring the opportunities are enormous with many people changing their occupations to capitolize on this industry.   

Is your school Industry Accredited and endorced by industry?

Maritime Drilling Schools students  receive Industry Accredited certifications with the International Association of Drilling Contractor's (IADC) who represent 98% of the drilling & service contractors worldwide.  The School is regularly audited on site and assessment is done on the administration, material content, teaching methods and delivery of the proprams. Testimonials of individual drilling contractors can be found on our website along with student feedback.

What should I know about this Industry before I register with your school?

First and foremost you need to make sure this is the industry for you!  I recommend you thoroughly do your research and know what you are getting into before you start.  I will list some aspects of this industry that you should be aware of:

1.) You will be required to have a good work ethic.

2.) The initial shock of individuals not being mentally and physically prepared can cause exhaustion due to long hours and physical demands. 

3.) This job may require you to be away from home for periods of 1 week to 4 weeks at a time depending on your work location domestically or internationally.

4.) You will require a drivers licence and if driving company vehicles, an abstract.

5.) Having a vehicle is an asset as you may need to get yourself to the job site.

6.)  Having a trade, experience or education in the following: Mechanical, Electrical, Welding, Hydraulics, Heavy Equipment Operator, Truck Driver, Instrumentation, Engineering etc. is considered an asset by most companies.

7.)   Employers have said this program puts employee's years ahead and recognize this program as equivalent to an individual with experience.



What does this Drilling Operations Program offer for my money that other programs do not?

This program offers an in-depth knowledge covering all aspects of drilling.  Students also focus on their skills through classroom lectures and hands-on training utilizing drilling rig components on our land rig. 


What is this Maritime Drilling Schools and what is the schools response of this negative blog?


We are a firm believer of freedom of speech as long as the person or company being blogged about has the opportunity to respond to the blog.  The bloggers of this blog have full control of the content and do not allow anything positive to be written.  How can we defend ourselves when we can’t make a comment or the comments they do post are altered to satisfy the bloggers?

Person or Persons contributing to this blog spent their time while attending the school writing captions, taking photos and Videos all to discredit the school because they say they made the wrong choice. This industry is not for everyone and it was obvious they realized this once they entered into the program or they were enroled by an organization against drilling or competition as professional bloggers to discredit the school.

“Why would a person or persons come to a school for training to enter the drilling industry and start posting and discrediting the school from day one? The person responsible had an in-depth knowledge of Professional Blogging and created the environment without permission or regards to those associated with the blog. Why would a person pay for tuition, flights, accommodations and meals to seek certificates to enter this industry only to start discrediting the program / school before the program was completed? The person or persons had a negative agenda prior to entering the program and had no interest in obtaining certificates or training to enter this industry. We feel the school was targeted by an organization or company looking to benefit from the negativity that the blog would develop!!!”

We encourage everyone to do your homework and research before registering with the school.

All the instructors at Maritime Drilling Schools Limited are fully qualified to teach the programs delivered and are thoroughly audited through premise inspections and auditing processes by the International  Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) to maintain their license and Accreditations.

IADC have complaint processes for students who are not satisfied with the training and these are posted on the school wall and in the registration / contract they sign prior to taking the program.

Students are responsible through policy and agreement to not smoke or drink inside the school residence.  Students would be dealt with if the school is notified of any such validation.  Unfortunately we cannot do anything unless we are made aware of these violations.

The bloggers mislead readers by directing them to schools that offer IADC Wellcap programs that are for Supervisors and not for entry level students.  These programs are for Drillers and Rig Managers and not for entry level students.  The program we offer is for Roughnecks and Derrickman Levels.

Bloggers complain about instructor telling jokes to get the message across.  We at Maritime Drilling Schools Limited encourage icebreakers in our training and are a normal process in North American Training.

No classes are ever interrupted at the school unless permission is given by the instructor in class.  The incident in question by the blogger was when the exam was finished and the instructor was correcting the exams.  The reason for having pictures taken in class was for visa information required that afternoon and the local photography shop passport camera was not working.

Maritime Drilling Schools Limited does not offer employment or place students on the job.  The reason for this is because we cannot be responsible for the past or future of a student.  If we recommend students to employers for jobs and they don’t meet the requirements or misbehave and lose their jobs it reflects on the school and future students looking to enter the industry.  The hiring of students is done between the student and employer although we give addresses and contacts along with hiring letters sent to us by employers seeking our students for their expertise. We want you to know that it is the best interest of Maritime Drillings Schools Limited to see it's students find work in this industry and we are a firm believer the training and tickets we deliver contribute to each students employment in this industry. You either have something to offer or you don't and with our tickets you have both 12 Industry certificates with hands on experience to offer any employer in the drilling, service and supply industries.

We want our students to be comfortable and satisfied while attending Maritime Drilling Schools Limited and the door is always open for students who have an issue.  Again we cannot respond unless we are aware of your issues.

All testimonials by employers and students are legitimate and in no way misleading to the reader or student.  Students can ask to see the original email of any testimonial which is posted on the wall or website.

Students have the opportunity to choose where they like to stay while attending Maritime Drilling Schools Classes and the residence is there only for an option and a need during tourist season.  Accommodations here in Canada can be quite expensive any time of the year and our residence eliminates the student’s worry of a place to stay while training.  Four Hundred dollars for 10 days is not a lot when you look at $80 to $130 at a hotel or bed and breakfast.

Time spent outside the classroom is used only for the purpose of study for the upcoming exam i.e. IADC WellControl which requires extensive study review of the material to pass the exam.  Any other time lost in a class is made up throughout the program.  All the appropriate training and lessons from classroom to practical are covered throughout the 10 days.

The contributing person or persons to this blog were never interested in getting into the drilling industry they were enroled either by the competition or an organization against drilling as professional bloggers to discredit the school.  We feel bad for the serious students who were disrupted by the boggers creating the blog. 

We also want to mention that we made contact with more than three quarters of the class and they are working in this industry including one of the bloggers. 

We hope reading our response answers any questions you may have of the school and we are always available to answer any questions related to the blog or questions related to the school or industry.

Does this school provide me with the training for this industry?

This school provides the professional industrial training in operations and safety to perform your job adequately and safely to meet the demands of industry.

Does Maritime Drilling Schools Limited assist with finding employment?

The school provides students with access to employer's locations and phone numbers located around the world.  Employers sometimes seek our students through the school and we pass this information onto students.  We are not employers and don't provide you with a job as this is between the student and employer.  How you search for employment will make that difference and most employers like to see you face to face. Locating yourself where the hiring is done gives you greater opportunity to be hired.  When employers are looking for employees is because someone quit or was fired and the rig is working shorthanded.  So when this happens they need somebody ASAP and someone who would be close to the jobsite. You should take a look at the student testimonials and it will give you an idea of the opportunities and successes. Students who send in applications by mail or internet can expect a processing time of up to 4 to 6 weeks or longer for a reply. 

Do all drilling contractors recognize your certifications?

Some drilling contractors have their own safety or industry training programs that are company specific.  Companies have the right to implement their own safety and industry programs to meet corporate policy and not, because they do not recognize our programs.  Additional training in these programs adds to your personal education.  As a training provider we cannot train you rig specific, as this can only be done once you arrive at the worksite. There are many types of drilling rigs out there from conventional to newer generation rigs, which provide computer automated robotics.  The newer generation rigs are classified as cyber drilling rigs, which provide a safer and more attractive working environment for the men and women looking for a career in this industry.  The older conventional rigs are more labour intensive versus cyber drilling rigs, which require more maintenance.

Does your school provide accommodations?

Yes our school has a school residence set up so that students experience what it would be like living together in a work camp.  We try and make the program as close to a working reality as possible.  During tourist season it's difficult to find accommodations and very expensive for students. Once students pay to stay in residence there is no refund and a damage deposit is required and returned at the end of the program if no damage identified. 

Does age make a difference in this industry and do drilling contractors hire older employees?

We have students of all ages taking taking our professional training programs and getting hired.  The industry requires a certain amount of maturity for their experience and work ethic.

Do women have opportunities on drilling rigs or is it still male dominated?

Yes women have opportunities on drilling rigs in all levels.  We see women working on land and offshore rigs working in the service industry as well drilling.  Drilling rigs are changing with new generation rigs having cyber drilling with computer automated equipment which is changing roughneck's job skills.  Roughnecks are getting more involved in maintenance and less labour intensive.

What do I need to know about arranging my transportation to school?

MDS is located in the town of North Sydney on the island of Cape Breton in the northeastern tip of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The closest airport is located 40 minutes away in Sydney and you would take a taxi from the airport to the residence at a cost of about $40 per person. Flights into Sydney tend to be expensive at times so you may have to fly into the Capitol city of Halifax and pre-arrange for a shuttle bus to North Sydney which takes about 5 hours (details available for shuttles from the school office). You should arrange to arrive at the residence one or two days prior to the start date of your program in case of unforeseen travel delays and there will be no extra charge for accommodations. If you are American or from a Commonwealth country you will need a valid passport to enter into Canada, no visa or study permit is required since the program is only 10 days in length and under the 6 month study permit requirement.


Can I enter Canada from the United States with a DUI?

Previous students had good success following the forwarding process. You must not have any criminal record including DUI's even if they are from years ago, this could result in being turned back at the border whether you are driving or flying into the country. Please contact the Canadian Border Services Agency. As a rule, Canada does not allow persons with criminal records including DUI's to enter their country, altough travellers who require in-depth information regarding the process of applying for a waiver / pardon or other admissibility questions can reach the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) during regular business hours, Monday to Friday (08:00-16:00 hours local time, except holidays) by calling (506) 636-5064 or (204) 983-3500 prior to registration to the school.


What are the benefits of pursuing a career in this industry?

The benefits of working this industry will provide:

1.) Well above average wages and significant wage increases with promotions.

2.) Drilling Contractor's offer excellent benefit packages including pensions plans / RRSP matching along with medical and dental plans.

3.) Opportunities to travel and see the world working at the expense of the employer.

4.) Depending on location most land drilling contractors offer living subsistance during your work tour.

5.) Workers can find employment in this field offering equal time on and off allowing you more time with your family at home.

6.) Most employers offer safety bonus and safety awards while working the industry.

7.) Proper planning and investment will allow an employee in this field to retire at an early age.

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