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Wellsite Supervisor Competency - Drilling

Course number : QNRG 160   ID : 1476   
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ClassGraphic Go forward in the industry, Lakeland College has developed this online program to evaluate and validate well site supervisor competencies.

Choose from either the Drilling supervision or Completions supervisor certificates.  This competency based program is a 3 step process:
  1. Optional knowledge review and self-assessement, a review of the competencies.
  2. Quizzes - timed, 90% required to pass
  3. Onsite assessment by a regional validator
You'll use our online learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L), for your online coursework including the reviews and quizzes.  After you complete the online quizzes, you'll notify Lakeland of online completion and request an on-site validation.  Please note:  Onsite validations are temporarily on hold due to COVID-19. 
Program Requirements:
  • At least 5 years of direct experience as a well site supervisor OR
  • A minimum of 1 year (250 onsite working days) as a well site supervisor with 9 additional years of oilfield experience
  • leadership and business experience
We'll need:
  1. A resume indicating your work experience.
  2. A reference letter from an employer (current or previous) confirming the well site supervisor experience as well as leadership roles.
Note:  A Master Validator must sign off on your work experience.
Schedule & Fees:
   Program Application Fee $  150.00
   Online Course Fee          $1095.00

   *Validation Fee $1795 per day minimum + additional expenses (travel, accommodations, meals, incidentals, car rental).

   *Annual Fees $175 *Annual fees are currently not due

*On-site Validation and Fees:
The Master Validator will coordinate your appointment for an onsite visit with regional validator. To reserve your onsite validation time with the regional validator, the minimum fee is $1795.  You don't pay until the onsite visit has been scheduled.  You must pay the minimum of $1795 up front.  Once the regional validator has conducted the on-site validation, you will be notified of additional expenses.  Additional expenses will be incurred if travel beyond a 24 hour period is required to reach the on-site validation destination.  You pay the validator's expenses including mileage, accommodations, meals and car rental and wait time (daily rate) required for them to complete the onsite validation.  

*Annual Fees:
One of the goals of this program is baseline competency in the industry.  The system requires upkeep.  In particular:
  • to stay up to date with industry recommended practices 
  • for certificate holders to maintain and enhance their skills and knowledge.
If you have a certificate, you are responsible for keeping it current in the system.  This is similar to other occupations with an annual certification of licensing fee.  It also means industry can rely on wellsite supervisors to have the necessary skills and knowledge.  
You'll receive an email before your certificate expires.  This includes renewal instructions.  It might also include a new requirement to keep your certificate current.  If you do not renew your certificate, you will forfeit your current certification.
Please note:  Annual fees are currently not due.

To Register:

1. Complete your online registration    *Ensure you meet the requirements of the program
2. Email your resume and reference letter with required experience to 

After you have registered, you'll receive an email with your username and password and instructions on how to access the online content.  This can take up to 10 business days.

If you registering a group or have a sponsorship arrangement, please contact or call 780.871.5527.

Why a Competency Program?

Industry identified a need to both evaluate and validate well site supervisor competencies.

The objectives were to:
  • improve safety and quality of onsite work.
  • provide a consistent, industry-wide, easy-to-access process that also promotes continuous learning
  • provide a baseline industry competency 
Industry experts working with Lakeland College developed a program that would not only assess, but would also validate well site supervisor competency.

Wellsite Supervisor competencies include:
  • leadership and personal and business skills
  • health, safety and environmental skills
  • drilling operations and/or completion and well servicing operations
Once you have successfully completed the online content, you will receive an email confirmation for your records.  This email can be shared with your supervisor if required.

Once you complete the program including the onsite validation and receive a sign-off from a validator, you will receive a Lakeland College letter of confirmation by email.  You will also be eligible to apply for your Lakeland College certificate by emailing the program coordinator

If you need more information about these requirements, please contact the program coordinator: 
Michelle Armstrong


What are the program requirements?
  • At least 5 years of direct experience as a well site supervisor OR
  • A minimum of 1 year (250 onsite working days) as a well site supervisor with 9 additional years of oilfield experience
  • leadership and business experience
How do I apply/register?
Register online and then submit your resume and reference letter to for review.   You will receive an email with instructions once you have been approved.

What is a Master Validator?
A Master Validator is the person with many years of well site supervisor experience employed by the college to review the resume and reference letter of the applicant to make sure they have sufficient experience to pursue this certificate of completion. 

What is a regional validator?
The regional validator is the person who will perform your on-site validation.  A regional validator has many years of wellsite experience.  The regional validator will assess the competency of the wellsite supervisor during scheduled onsite validations following the completion of the online content component.

What grade do I need to pass the online competencies?
90% or higher is required.

How long is the on-site validation?
The on-site validation is one full day, usually a 12 hour shift.

Do I talk to the regional validator directly and schedule my validation?
No.  The Master Validator will coordinate your on-site validation once your competencies have been reviewed and a full quiz summary report is complete.

Why can't I use someone at my company to validate me?
To ensure the quality and consistency of the program, the regional validator must be a third party.  That is why you pay for a validator to assess you.

How do I log on to my course?
You will be sent an email to to the email you provided us at registration.  This email will provide you with the username and password and with the link and instructions on how to log in to your account.  This can take up to 10 business days.  If you are struggling to log in or if you have lost your login information, please call 780.871.5712 to contact the program coordinator, 

How long do I have to complete the online portion of the Wellsite Supervisor Competency Program?
You have 6 months to complete the online portion.  Is it your responsibility to complete all requirements in the online system within the 6 month timeframe.

Why don't I get immediate access to the online content?
There are some manual parts of the registration. Your submitted documents will need to be evaluated.  This process can take up to 10 business days.  

Why do I need to provide a resume and reference letter?
The quality of the program is determined by the quality of the applicant.  As a competency program our duty to industry is to make sure that the applicants have a standard of experience and knowledge before granting access to the online content.

What is the refund policy?
Once registration for an online course is activated, it is not refundable.

Validation cancellation/withdrawal policy:
Please stay in touch with the master validation/regional validator if you are concerned about your validation date because of weather, rig operations or personal matters.  If you wish to withdraw or cancel your validation, you must do so one business week (5 business days) before your scheduled validation date. If you fail to cancel/withdraw within 5 business days of the scheduled validation, your validation fee will be forfeited and you will be required to pay the full validation fee to reschedule.  Exceptions will be considered and must be reviewed by the master validator and the continuing education coordinator.  You will be notified by email if your exception was approved or denied.

When is the College closed for the holiday season? 
The College closed in mid December to the beginning of January.  Closure dates are posted on the Lakeland website.
Efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this information.  Information and fees are subject to change.


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Please read:  Students have 6 months to complete the online portion of the Wellsite Supervisor Competency programs. Notification will be sent out by email following successful completion.Students should review program requirements prior to registration.



Registration Closes On
Sunday, June 30, 2024 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

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