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.



International Association of Drilling Contractors’ (IADC) Rig Pass. The IADC has been setting safety standards for the drilling industry for over 60 years. The Rig Pass focuses on standard OSHA topics like Lock Out/Tag Out, PPE’s, HazMat, and many others, but with an emphasis on the specific hazards on the rig.

One of the most dangerous incidents that can occur on the well site is a blowout. Our training program on preventing blowouts provides workers with the knowledge they need to identify and respond to kicks (the early signs of a blowout).

All companies require their employees to be certified in First Aid and CPR. No matter how well prepared workers are, there will still be some accidents, and crews must be prepared to be first responders and familiar with the techniques necessary to keep someone going until EMT’s or other medical personnel arrive on scene.

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.