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


Land Drilling NVQ Diploma


The BDA has recently reviewed the NOS (National Occupational Standards) that forms the basis of the NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) in Land Drilling. We have now re-developed the NVQ Level 2 with MP Awards and other industry experts to ensure it is fit for purpose in 2017. The MP Awards Level 2 NVQ is the only qualification currently recognised and endorsed by the BDA. Assessment centres that offer this NVQ are Equipe Training And Bam Ritchies

We are also in the process of  developing a new NVQ Level 3 qualification, with MP Awards, to give a career progression for Land Drillers.

To obtain a CSCS Land Drilling card it is necessary to either have this NVQ or be registered to take it. Entry into BDA AUDIT is also conditional on being NVQ qualified.

An NVQ Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification which allows you to demonstrate and prove that you are working to national standards and are competent in your specialised field. It also allows for learning, development and sharing best practice. It is a valuable qualification that is now a requirement on all sites throughout the UK.

NVQ Land Drilling - Level 2 qualification is available for two occupations – Lead Driller (who drills the hole) and Drilling Support Operative (2nd man). A Lead Driller award is in one or several drilling applications using rotary, cable percussion or dynamic sampling rigs. Applications include ground investigation, drilling for grouting, anchoring, waterwell, geothermal, landfill and marine.

The NVQ is obtained through on-site assessment. An industry experienced and qualified Assessor visits you at work several times to explain the NVQ units, discuss procedure and gather evidence. He introduces the Level 2 portfolio which is assessed against the National Occupation Standards. Your Assessor carries out observations which provide vital evidence about your skills and competency. He conducts questioning to determine your level of knowledge. You will need to gather further evidence e.g. witness testimonies and references from your clients and/or employer. The Assessor helps you to collate the portfolio for submission to the awarding body (currently Cskills Awards) for verification and eventual award. The addition of training to cover any shortfalls in skills or competencies ensures that the qualification is open to all.

Please contact the BDA office for further information on the process and assessment centers in your area.

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