Trades Exposure Program

All of our high school students are eligible to take part in our Trades Exposure program. We currently offer a service rig program and are developing a scaffolding program. Other courses are being considered for development in future years. 


Service Rig Program

The Northern Lights Service Rig Program consists of two parts: our 5-credit Energy Education 35-5: Orientation to Service Rigs online course that can be completed at any high school in Alberta, and our 2-credit Service Rig Safety and Floor Hand Experience Special Project which is delivered over a 5-day period at our Trades Exposure Centre.


Energy Education 35-5 LDC

Energy 35-5: Orientation to Service Rigs is a 5-credit course that can be taken as a stand-alone course at the 30 level, and used as a pre-requisite for the Service Rig Safety and Floor Hand Experience Special Project.

The course content was provided by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC). It contains and maintains the industry standards and is delivered online through the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC), which gives flexibility to the delivery in order to accommodate individual and school-specific needs.

The online course involves comprehensive coverage of the oil and gas industry, safety, the operation of a service rig, and the duties of the rig floorhand. The course also has gamified content where students direct an avatar to accomplish content and tasks related to rig operations.

Click HERE to view the Course Outline, including the Course Description, Pre-requisites, and General Outcomes.

Service Rig Safety and Floor Hand Experience Special Project

This 2-credit project culminates with five days of training at the Northern Lights Trades Exposure Centre. A maximum of 10 students can be accommodated per session.

In addition to Energy Education 35-5, students must also complete the following pre-requisites prior to coming to the Trades Exposure Centre:

The five days of training at the Trades Exposure Centre includes the following:

Day 1
H2S Alive (Enform) Certification (8 hours)

Day 2
Fall Protection Certification (8 Hours)

Days 3 to 5
Service Rig Training (25.5 hours total, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily)
Students train on a working rig with our instructors.
(2 CEU equivalent, $229/student)

Click HERE to see the project description, pre-requisites and hours to complete.


Students who are interested in taking Energy 35-5 and/or the Service Rig Special Project are encouraged to talk to the career counsellor at their high school for more information.