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Special Oilwell Operators

This is a non-standardized certificate of competency issued by Alberta. It certifies the operator to operate transportable power plants, with capacity up to 1000 kW, at drilling sites. This in not a site specific certificate. The certificate is subject to the annual renewal fee.

Requirements for this certificate are:

  • Previous Certificate: none
  • Educational Prerequisites: none

Exam Qualifications:

  • obtained 6 months’ experience in an installation that involves a boiler or boilers operating as part of a transportable power plant at a drilling or hydrocarbon production site, or
  • successfully completed a vocational course in boiler operation satisfactory to the Administrator.

Exam Instructions:

  • A Special Oilwell Operator’s Certificate of Competency examination must consist of questions relating to the subjects contained in the current reference syllabus established by the Administrator for the Special Oilwell Operator’s Certificate of Competency examination. The exam consists of one (1) examination paper with 100 multiple-choice questions, 3 hours duration.
  • To pass a Special Oilwell Operator’s Certificate of Competency examination, a candidate must obtain at least 65% of the total marks allotted for the examination.

Detailed information in regard to this examination can be found in the Special Oilwell Reference Syllabus (AB-56).

Last modified: February 18, 2016