New Driver Training for Service Rig Crews (Alberta)
Two new certificates have taken the place of the old CAODC Driver Training card.
The first is the CAODC Convoy Training Certification. This is a beginner’s licence for new hands coming into the industry.
The second is the CAODC Heavy Duty Training Certificate. Holders of the HDTC can operate any of the vehicles in a service rig convoy.
The CAODC HDTC program focuses on outlining a training progression for crewmembers who have not been formally trained to drive in convoy. Experienced employees had until June 1, 2011 to obtain the CAODC Heavy Duty Training Certificate through a grandfathering option.
An employee who has six months experience but none of the above certificates can also obtain the CAODC Heavy Duty Training Certificate by undergoing a Driver Assessment.
|CAODC Convoy Training Certificate||CAODC Heavy Duty Training Certificate (HDTC)|
Before a crewmember can drive a vehicle in convoy, they must receive training from the CAODC Service Rig Vehicle and Driver Standards Guide. They can then write the CAODC’s Service Rig Driver Safety Training Exam. 85% is the passing grade for this exam. The crewmember can then be issued a CAODC Convoy Training Certificate.
This certificate qualifies the holder to drive a 1-tonne pickup truck and form part of the convoy. Moreover, the certificate holder can begin training on the other heavy duty vehicles (ie. the rig carrier or the pump and tank truck, etc.) While driving in convoy, the crewmember must be directly supervised. This requires that the approved trainer be in the same vehicle.
To obtain the subsequent certification, the crewmember must take an on-road driving evaluation. A qualified assessor will score the trainee according to the evaluation form found in the Guide. If the crewmember passes the evaluation, they can be issued a CAODC Heavy Duty Training Certificate (HDTC).
A trainer must meet the following criteria:
- hold the proper class of operator’s license or a valid Class 5, 4, or 3 license and a CAODC Heavy Duty Training Certificate.
- be a senior employee of the company such as driller/operator, rig manager, field superintendent or equivalent.
Assessors who undertake on-road driving evaluations must meet one of the following criteria:
- Be an Enform certified assessor, who has completed their Service Rig Competency Assessor course and holds a Heavy Duty Training Certificate, or
- Possess a valid Class 1 operator’s license for at least two years, or
- Be employed as a driver trainer with an institution that has been licensed by Alberta Transportation (i.e. AMA), or
- Be otherwise approved by Carrier Services, Alberta Transportation.