Shale Exploration Certification


Retrain America’s Shale Exploration Certification is a two week, 80 hour course that prepares students for a career in the oil and gas industry. The course is fast-tracked with the goal of getting you working as soon as possible, and gives an understanding of the equipment, operations, and theory involved in drilling a well, and gains participants key industry certifications.


We know that America has great workers. Many of these workers have the skills and abilities that are in high demand in the oil and gas industry, and our job is to find those workers and assist them in their transition to a new industry and career.


The Shale Exploration Certification provides a comprehensive, career-focused education that prepares participants for the complete range of entry level positions available, and lays a foundation for rapid career advancement once in the door. To do this, we take participants through the entire process of drilling a well, from site selection and preparation to well completions, and every step in between. Students gain an understanding of the equipment, processes, and procedures involved in each phase of operations, as well as the core science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principles that underpin these operations. Additionally, the course begins introducing students to advanced concepts such as directional drilling and underbalanced drilling.


The hallmark of a true educational experience is not just learning information, but how to apply that information to real world problems. Throughout the program, students are split into groups and given difficult challenges to overcome using the knowledge they gain in the course. These group activities allow students to begin developing the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for success in the future. By working in groups, students also build teamwork and leadership qualities.

Hydrogen Sulfide

Hydrogen Sulfide is a gas that is commonly found in the same reservoirs as petroleum products. It is colorless, very poisonous, flammable, and has an odor of rotten eggs. In gaseous form, it is heavier than air, and can collect in low-lying areas and confined spaces. Awareness of the dangers of H2S is critical for the rig worker, as the gas is known in the industry as the “silent killer” for a reason.

Safe Practices of Rigging

Including rigger responsibilities, basic knowledge of wire rope, standard slings and component parts, deterioration, inspection an care, sling angles and their effect, crane signals, and basic knot tying.

Since the use of hydraulic fracturing techniques is one of the keys to unlocking shale formations, Surface Impact and Spill Mitigation is necessary to reduce risk to the environment. Being aware of the risks involved in these operations and how to mitigate them will help our graduates do their work with minimal environmental impact.