The British Drilling Association (BDA) is the UK's trade association for the ground drilling industry.


BDA Membership Benefits

The BDA is committed to protect and enhance the professional integrity of its members. Being a member of the BDA and displaying the BDA logo on your promotional material carries a lot of status and will open doors to work that may have been closed otherwise.

The tangible benefits of membership are summarised below:

For full details of membership categories see our Join the BDA page.

C = Corporate; S = Supplier; Con/Cl = Consultant / Client

Please contact the BDA Secretary for further details of benefits

Membership Benefit C Con/Cl
Voting rights Yes Yes
Receive Geodrilling International/BDA newsletter Yes Yes
Legal, tax & counselling helpline Yes Yes Yes
Discounted insurance through Genesis Risk Solutions Yes Yes
Information service from Secretariat Yes Yes
25% Discount on HMCA Medical plans Yes Yes
Use of BDA logo for promotion and letterheads Yes Yes Yes
Discounted fee for BDA events Yes Yes
Free advert on website

Free BDA publications & updates Yes Yes
20% Discount on Emap (GE) events that BDA is supporting Yes Yes Yes
Discounted BDA Audit Yes
Full searchable listing on BDA website Yes Yes Yes
Free trade stands at BDA events


  • Member organisations can influence and contribute to industry standards and best practice documents.
  • Members can influence and contribute to industry standards in terms of training and competence for their work force. Recent successes include the redevelopment of the NVQ Level 2 in Land Drilling, Land Drilling apprenticeship scheme etc.
  • Member organisations can have representatives on the various BDA committees by election or by invitation.
  • The BDA have representation on a series of industry committees: Association of Geotechnical Specialists (AGS); Ground Forum; Ground Source Heat Pump Association; CSCS Promotions Committee; BSI and European Committees (B526/3; B513/3; BS EN ISO 22475 parts 1 to 3); Site Investigation Steering Group.
  • The BDA provides a full time secretariat offering support, advice and assistance
  • Member organisations are required to contribute to industry accident statistics for the benefit of members (a condition of membership)
  • Members have free access BDA publications.
  • Members are entitled to discounted annual audit fees.
  • Company details are included in the BDA membership directory which is published on the website. This directory can include details of your regional offices (some administration fees may apply). Web links are available to your own site and you can publish details of the services you offer, staff training qualifications etc.
  • Members have the opportunity to advertise through the website (subject to an additional fee).
  • Member companies have access to BDA group discount arrangements
  • Complimentary copy of GeoDrilling International.
  • Discounted industry networking and social events.
  • Use of the BDA logo on your publicity material. 
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