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Water Well Driller

There are two branches of this trade in Alberta: (1) water well driller - water well driller and (2) water well driller - earth loop technician. Water well drillers set up and operate the mobile rotary, boring or cable tool drilling rigs used to drill residential, commercial and industrial water wells. They also conduct environmental assessment drilling. Earth loop technicians use similar types of tools and equipment to prepare sites for closed loop heating and cooling systems. They may also help in the design of earth loops. For more information, see the Trades and Occupations section of Alberta's Tradesecrets website.

Contact

Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on "Contact Us" on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (tradesecrets.alberta.ca).

Legislation

Under Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act and Water Well Driller Trade Regulation, you do not have to be certified if you are self-employed or work for an employer who is satisfied that you have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. To learn the trade, you must become a registered apprentice. All Alberta water well drilling companies must comply with the Alberta Environment Water Act and Regulation.

What You Need

The term of apprenticeship for apprentice water well drillers and earth loop technicians in Alberta is two years (two 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,800 hours of on-the-job training and six weeks of technical training in each year. Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices, and successfully complete technical training examinations.

Working in Alberta

Water well drillers and earth loop technicians trained in other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board or have the skills and knowledge expected of a journeyperson certified in Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

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