20 - Day Pre Employment Floorman (Roughneck) For Land and Offshore Drilling Rigs (Entry Level Training)
A comprehensive training program that is tailored specifically for the drilling industry. The 20 day course will consist of drilling programs, hands-on rig training, and industry safety programs.
10 - Day Drilling Operations Program for Land and Offshore Drilling Rigs
The 10 day program provides professional training for those seeking an indepth knowledge of how drilling rigs operate. The program will include the following curriculum: A Primer of Oil Well Drilling, Drill Floor Operations ,IADC WellSharp® Introductory Well Control Accreditation for Drilling Operations, HSE RIG PASS® Accreditation with Land and Offshore Endorsement.
A Global Leader
Maritime Drilling Schools Limited is a global leader in training persons for the oil & gas drilling, service and supply industry. Students who have successfully completed this program can be found working all over the world on both land and offshore operations. Our programs have been delivered to thousands of students here in Canada and other locations around the world.
Professional Training Program Drilling Technology Level I, II, III
The Drilling Technology training program will help you acquire the knowledge and management skills to advance further in your career. This program will prepare you to operate in a safe and efficient manner with respect for personnel, equipment and protection of our environment.
(CAODC) July 01, 2015 Recommended Wage Rates:
Driller $44.80 or 46.80 /hr or $4659.20 or 4867.20 /wk Asst. Driller $40.00 or 41.50 /hr or $4160.00 or $4316.00/wk Derrickhand $38.00 or 39.50 /hr or $3952.00 or 4108.00/wk Motorhand $33.00 or 34.00 /hr or $3432.00 or 3536.00/wk Floorhand $30.70 /hr or $3192.80/wk Leasehand $28.00 /hr or $2912.00/wk


April 9, 2016
Roughneck and Roustabout, in particular, they are the official name of semi-skilled role on an oil rig. Some consider the terms interchangeable. In oilfields, roughneck and roustabout are two of several roles in the hierarchy on an oil rig. Roughneck and roustabout are entry-level jobs on an oil rig. It may sound... Read More
January 18, 2016
Students from the United States are able to take advantage of currency exchange rates.  The cost of the 20 Day Pre Employment Program CDN $4200.00 Canadian currency and in American currency as of today is US $2885.00 with a savings of US $1315.00 to the student. Accommodations cost CDN 800.00 or US 550.... Read More
February 23, 2015
These are hard times for a lot of oilfield personnel as the price of oil has tumbled to an all-time low since 2008 and employers either have a labour freeze or are laying off personnel to maintain a cash flow as they ("weather the storm"). Employees who live pay cheque to pay cheque will suffer most as they... Read More
July 22, 2014
The work will be focused in the Flemish Pass Basin, about 500 kilometres northeast of St. John’s. Statoil has three oil finds in the basin — at the Bay du Nord, Harpoon and Mizzen sites. In 2013, Bay du Nord was revealed as the company’s biggest oil discovery outside Norway and the world’s largest conventional oil... Read More
May 28, 2014
Karen Bowman-Senior Editor for Rigzone writes story on Maritime Drilling Schools Limited based on the ongoing need for drilling personnel in the Oil & Gas Industry.  Based on interviews with Reg MacDonald CEO Maritime Drilling Schools Limited, Adam Sieminski, the administrator for the U.S. Energy... Read More
May 27, 2014
Maritime Drilling Schools Limited had the highest number of most read articles on Rigzone for the year 2012 giving it #1 of the top 5 articles selected. As a training school we were very excited to hear the news. Reg MacDonald President and CEO said this shows the desire these individuals have looking for... Read More

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Looking for a career in the Oil & Gas industry?

Well look no further, get relevant training that is recognized as world class as we have the resources to get you started.  Imagine working on an oilrig , making well above average wages, at times only working six months a year and the opportunity to travel the world at the expense of the employer. It is all possible when you contact MDS to help you get started at your career. Our training gives you instructor lead classroom and hands-on training to meet your challenges along with providing you with the best industry accreditation process in the world!!! Instructors will be training you on our drilling rig with the hands-on experience and safety,  which will equal that of an experienced rig hand.


Our Drilling Instructors are fully certified to provide domestic and international certifications and have over 30 years experience in the drilling industry on land and offshore drilling operations.

Students from Canada may qualify through E.I. under the Skills Development Training

Since our inception of May 2000 the training our students received has well paid off with no serious injuries or fatalities accounted for and students reaching their goals by working hard and safe and becoming great managers in the oil & gas business. We have students making well over $150,000 to $300,000 a year incomes. We at Maritime Drilling Schools are meeting our mandate as well as accomplishing our mission to be the best at what we do. Our goal is to see our students be the best in the industry by working safe and efficiently to protect themselves and others working along side them. As well, provide you with the knowledge and tools to advance forward in this industry with confidence and skill to achieve your own goals much faster.    "Our president strongly believes that if you want it bad enough you'll get it. You can start paying yourself sooner rather than later. Being prepared and equipped prior to entering this field is the best choice and don't wait to beat the rush!!!"

Our students are working with more than 100 drilling contractors around the world and creating a worldwide web of resources.

We provide the only industry accreditations east of Alberta and recognized world wide.  Students are registered in a data base in Houston, Texas for validation to employers.  Employers in the industry will be reassured our students have been trained through a accreditation process reviewed by a board of industry directors.




Accredited with


The International Association of Drilling Contractors

Endorsed and Accredited by


(IADC) WellSharp ® Well Control Accreditation Program

(IADC) Rig Pass

(IADC) HSE Rig Pass® Accreditation Program with offshore endorsement

Certified Health & Safety Consultants

Certified Health & Safety Consultants

Member of

Internationally recognized Professional Safety Designations

Internationally recognized Professional Safety Designations

Member of

Canadian Association of Drilling Contractors

Canadian Association of Drilling Contractors