Some oil producing countries
have 'Roughneck Schools' where for a reasonable cost you can actually
train on real drilling rigs in the skills required to become a
Roughneck. This would be an entry level qualification and would
certainly be worthwhile if you can find a school in your country.
If you are from Canada then try
out the following two links for further information:
I have no connection with these two organisations,
information courtesy of Jim White who has attended the Roughneck
course at Enform.
Please see my Scams & Conmen
page regarding the link about
OilCareer.Com before using their service which is advertised on the
If you have any information
about similar schools in your country, please email me details so I
can list them here.
Roustabout School Aberdeen
The following information is
courtesy of Eric Gibson who attended this course and provided the
following word for word commentary and opinion; Please take the time
to read right through Eric's email and my reply to him also as his
negative thoughts about this course are allayed in his reply to my
Well, I managed to get a place on
the banksman / slinger course, I was away on Thursday 21/10/04 -
Friday 22/10/04, so I'll now tell you a bit about it. The course cost
£434.75. The first day consisted
legislation, and the second day was practical.
Current legislation, HSE
guidance, safety requirements, inspection of lifting equipment,
calculating load weights safe slinging of loads safe use of relevant
equipment & accessories controlling movement of loads communication.
My honest opinion of the course
is - I'd think twice before going on such a course again. The first
day was basically a blur, the tutor did know what he was talking about
but, he went through all the legislation so quickly, you didn't know
if you were coming or going, there is no-way anybody can take in so
much info in such a small amount of time, and I was glad that the
other 5 on the course thought the same.
The tutor was a Scouser (nothing
wrong in that), but my point would be that he was talking far too
quickly, being Scots I can talk very quick at times but, I'd say this
was beyond that. He told us from the start that he had to get to a
certain point of the course by the end of the day, he got to the point
he wanted, but left us well behind.
The second day was a bit better,
actually practising hand signals with the crane-operator then putting
the practise into use moving containers, I learnt a bit more that day,
but not enough.
We had a test to sit at the end
of the day, this was hard; however, you were given a handbook that
gave you all the legislation, names of shackles and everything to do
with operations, I managed to score 89%, you had to score 80 or above.
The certificate basically says, you attended the course on such'n'such
a date. At least I managed to get a good B&B, just 5 minutes from the
RGIT centre, I just took the standard room, £25 B&B, you had a TV,
kettle and a wash basin, the place was very clean, and this I would
The course time was meant to
start at 0900 and finish at 1700, it started nearer 1000 and finished
at 1600. On the second day we started at 0830 and ended at 1530. I'd
say for me, the course was disappointing, if it were on for longer
this would give you a better chance of picking things up, and also
making it worth the price, but as it stands, I don't think it's worth
spending the money, just wait to see if you can get it through an
employer, but these are just my thoughts on the matter.
Well Martin, if you need anymore
info with regards to the course, feel free to ask.
Don't be disheartened about
the course mate. Many many offshore courses are purely 'attendance'
type courses rather than a real study course with an exam at the end.
The certificate that you get will be valuable and give you an
edge over other new starts applying for the same position as you
because you have had some exposure to the practicalities of the job
and RGIT is the training school in the UK as far as offshore
Thanks for your feedback, I
don't feel as bad about the course now, with what you've explained it
sort of makes sense, these types of courses give you an insight as
well as a beginning into what the jobs may be like.
I received the proper
certificate for the course, today, it has what course you sat and that
the candidate successfully completed the course work (says a bit more,
but I've shortened it).
Thanks once again Martin, I will keep you informed of my progress.