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Health Safety Environment Training, Technical Courses, & Industrial Courses for the Drilling Industry in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia

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Established in 2016 and located in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabian Drilling Academy (SADA) is a technical and academic organization established as a result of the partnership between Saudi Aramco and Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and the collaboration of the industry players funding the academy. ​Set up as a training hub for the drilling and workover industry in the region, SADA embraces a regional, national and international training benchmark in the drilling training industry.

The academy is committed to world-class training, instilling professional skills and expertise in the participants and fostering competitiveness and development in the drilling and workover sectors of the Kingdom. SADA’s active and campus life is filled with co-curricular experiences to complement our academic curriculum and enhance the overall experience.


The SADA Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide training to Saudi high school graduates to prepare them for entry-level jobs with their sponsor companies. The program provides participants with academic and job skills training to ensure that they have the skills necessary to be successful in their future jobs.

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Training Programs




Health Safety Environment Programs

  • Communication Safety (1 day)
  • Confined Space Entry (CSE) (1 day)
  • Dropped Objects Prevention Scheme (DROPS) (1 day)
  • Electrical & Mechanical Safety (1 day)
  • Fall Protection / Working at Height (1 day)
  • Fire Fighting Awareness Course (1 day)
  • First Aid-CPR-AED (1 day)
  • Gas Testing (1 day)
  • Hazard Recognition / Identification (1 day)
  • Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) (1 day)
  • Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) + SCBA (1 day)
  • Job Safety Analysis (JSA) (1 day)
  • Loads Securing on Heavy Vehicles (1 day)
  • Lock-Out Tag-Out (LOTO) (1 day)
  • Manual Handling & Safe Loading (1 day)
  • Permit-To-Work (1 day)
  • Rigging & Slinging - Rigger III (up to 20 Ton) (3 days)
  • RIG Pass Orientation (1 day)
  • Safety Leadership Skills (3 days)
  • Qyadati Course

Technical Courses

  • Assistant Driller Program - 1
  • Assistant Driller Program - 2
  • Derrickman Program - 1
  • Derrickman Program - 2
  • Driller Program - 1
  • Driller Program - 2
  • Essential Leadership Skills
  • Rig Orientation Program for Engineers
  • Safety Officer
  • Service Rig Orientation Program

Industrial Courses

  • Rigger - Banksman & Slinger Stages 1 & 2
  • WAP - Work Permit Receiver Prerequisites

SADA Diploma Programs

  • Drilling - For Engineers (S-ROPE) (3 weeks)
  • Serves for Drilling for Engineers (S-ROPE) (3 weeks)

Last Updated: July 4, 2021