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IADC Gateway Program - Introduction to Oil & Gas Training for Knowledge and Skills of Future and Current Oil and Gas Industry Employees

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Developed by IADC Workforce Development Committee as part of the Workforce Attraction and Development Initiative (WADI). IADC Introduction to Oil & Gas program is the first Gateway training track and is intended to help companies connect with colleges and training providers to attract, hire, train, and promote onshore and offshore O&G workers worldwide.

The first training track within the GATEWAY program is called Introduction to Oil & Gas. Potential candidates are recruited and screened for entry-level rig positions, then prepared for employment in the O&G industry.

The program offers a standard baseline curriculum comprising RigPass, Awareness-level well control, a general introduction to the industry, behavioral training (human factors), a module on rig life, technical math, rigging basics, electrical and fluid safety, industrial practices, and considerable hands-on training.

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Introduction to Oil & Gas Training

IADC Introduction to Oil & Gas Training Program

Module I: Introduction to the Oil and Gas Industry (4 hours)

  • Economic Impact (Societal and Personal)
  • Environmental and Economic Stewardship
  • Basic oil and gas regulations, standards, and best practices, as well as key regulatory bodies
  • IADC and awareness of industry self-regulation efforts
  • Industry Sectors: Upstream, mid-stream, downstream
  • Land vs. Offshore operations
  • Types of oil and gas companies and their functions (operators, drilling contractors, service companies, etc.)
  • Geology and Exploration
  • Drilling Process Overview (Drilling)
  • Production process overview
  • Well Servicing Overview
  • Transportation, Pipeline
  • Refining
  • Career Paths (including transferability among sections)

Module II: Personal and Behavioral and Non-Technical Skill Development (16 hours)

  • Generational differences
  • Culture and diversity differences
  • Situational awareness
  • Situational ethics
  • Intellectual property
  • Personality types, assessments, and analysis
  • Personal financial planning
  • Social responsibility and social media
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Speak-up culture
  • Communicating under pressure (communicating instructions; affirming understanding of instructions)
  • Safety leadership
  • Working with teams
  • Importance of working in pairs (for safety)
  • Stress management /personal planning
  • Managing conflicts in the workplace

Module III: Rig 101 (8 hours)

  • Rig Vocabulary
  • Basic Rig Systems
  • Command Structure
  • Oil and Gas Life
  • Record Maintenance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Module IV: Technical Math (8 hours)
  • Math Fundamentals
  • Basic Oilfield Calculations

Module V: Safety Orientation (RigPass certification issued) (8 hours)

  • General Safety Principles
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Hazard Communications (Right to Know)
  • Specialized work procedures
  • Fire safety
  • Job safety analysis
  • Emergency Response
  • Wellsite Environmental Protection
  • Regulations and compliance
  • Security
  • Working Offshore: Transportation
  • Working Offshore: Water safety
  • Excavation
  • Situational Awareness

Module VI: Industrial Practices (Hands-On Practical Exercises) (16 hours)

  • Standard operating procedures
  • Quality assurance
  • Planning work activities
  • Tools
  • Manually moving materials
  • Chemical safety
  • Making connections and flanges
  • Maintenance
  • Fire extinguisher operation

Module VII: Rigging/Mechanical Lifting Awareness (IADC certification issued) (8 hours)

  • Rigging safety and vocabulary
  • Crane emergency procedures
  • Rigging hardware
  • Rigging hardware inspection & maintenance
  • Hoist/Cranes

Module VIII: Basic Electrical and Fluid Power Safety (4 hours)

  • Electrical and power fluid safety

Module IX: Well Control Awareness (IADC certification issued) (4 hours)

  • Drilling a Hole
  • Controlling Pressure
  • Purpose of Drilling Fluid
  • Purpose of the Blowout Preventer
  • Kick Prevention
  • Kick Monitoring and Detection
  • Shut-In Procedure (Surface and Subsea)
  • Well Control Methods

Disclaimer: For general information purpose only - please check with IADC for the latest and accurate information on Training Standards

Last Updated: June 7, 2021