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

Training & Education

BDA Training and Education Sub-Committee

The Training & Education committee consists of Hamish Campbell (Chair), Keith Banton (Sec), Charlie Allardyce, Tristan Llewellyn, Keith Spires, Richard Fielden, Paul McMann, Scott Burt, Phil Dainton, Simon Jackson. Gareth Mews, Tom Walton and Andrew Johnstone.

Regular topics of discussion include the following:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Training
  • CITB Issues/update
  • NVQ - L2 issues, L3 development, Geotechnical Technician L2 development
  • CSCS card issues
  • BDA Audit criteria

2019 Meeting Dates:

  • 19th February 
  • 9th May
  • 19th September
  • 26th November


If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments that you would like to be discussed at this committee, or if you would like to offer advice or assistance please contact the BDA office. 

The strategic aim of the committee is to provide the members with a comprehensive and clearly defined route for the provision of a fully trained, qualified and competent workforce that demonstrates compliance with nationally and internationally recognised standards and qualifications. It has a wide ranging membership from many different drilling disciplines within the industry, constantly looking into what will and could affect the industry over the coming years. It sets the BDA's standards on qualifications and training which are then input into other BDA committees, and external bodies such as BSI, SISG, HSE, Build UK etc. Members' views are thus represented at many higher levels. It keeps members informed, educated and therefore well positioned to meet the future demands placed on them.

The T & E committee has been one of the BDA's most active over recent years. It has in conjunction with MPQC been instrumental in revising the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ Diploma) Land Drilling for the whole drilling industry - this covers the Lead Driller Role and the Drilling Support Operative (Driller) in all disciplines. It is also much involved with CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card scheme on behalf of the industry.

BDA Audit, a T&E project, came on line in 2005 to replace the previous driller accreditation. The need for a regular audit is now being called for by new Eurocode and British standards. T & E Committee identified the need for this some years ago and provides the service to meet the need. Constantly reviewed, the scheme provides audits for not only lead drillers and drillers (support operatives) but also the drilling rig and equipment, giving contractors & clients the confidence that the standards met during the NVQ procedure are being maintained on an annual basis.

In 2007 it brought into the market, again in conjunction with CSkills, the Land Drilling Apprenticeship which has been a huge success. The scheme which takes the unskilled support operatives through to a level 2 Lead Driller within 2 years has been well received by the industry and is now setting the standards for future Lead Drillers in all disciplines.

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