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Water Well Driller Apprenticeship

As a Water Well Driller, you will set up and operate mobile rotary, boring or cable tool drilling rigs used to drill residential, commercial and industrial water wells. In addition, you will conduct environmental assessment drilling. Water Well Driller shares a common first year with Earth Loop Technicians.
Domestic Status:
Apprenticeship and Trades
2 Years
Full-Time Blended

About the Water Well Driller Apprenticeship

Are you interested in becoming a Water Well Driller? In this program you will learn to set up and operate mobile rotary, boring or cable tool drilling rigs used to drill residential, commercial and industrial water wells. In addition, you will conduct environmental assessment drilling.  

Your apprenticeship technical training has a significant portion of hands-on learning incorporated. This includes instruction and hands-on training in all aspects of exploration, preparation, drilling techniques, water quality testing, sterilization as well as well and drilling equipment and equipment installation, repair and maintenance. 

Most Water Well Drillers are self-employed or employed by water well drilling companies. Many water well drilling operations are family-run businesses. 

The demand for water well drilling services slows down somewhat in the winter. During that time, you may find employment with construction companies, maintain and upgrade their equipment, or work with water purification and water pumping systems.  

  When you graduate, you’ll receive both a:   

  • Journeyperson Certificate: This certificate not only acknowledges your expertise in your chosen trade but also grants you the legal authority to work in that trade.  

  • Education Credential: This is a formal testament to your dedication and hard work. It confirms that you've successfully finished a certificate in a -post-secondary study program and highlights the time and effort you've invested in mastering your trade or profession. 

Work-integrated Learning

Apprenticeship is a unique form of post-secondary education that blends hands-on work experience with classroom learning. On average, you will spend 80 per cent of your apprenticeship on the job, practicing your trade or profession, and 20 per cent in the classroom or lab through structured learning at RDP.    

Further Study

If you have a valid Alberta Journeyman Certificate, you are eligible to receive a Blue Seal Achievement in business competencies after completing the necessary requirements.   

Program Content

During this program you will spend ten weeks in blended classroom instruction  every year, and a minimum of 1,800 hours on-the-job training annually.  

Completion of Classroom Training

Students must achieve a weighted average of 65% with no section under 50% in both the theory and practical components of the Classroom Training as well as achieving a minimum grade of 70% on the AIT Provincial Exam for each period of Classroom Training.

Completion of a Journeyperson Certificate

The term of apprenticeship for a water well driller is 2 years (two 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1800 hours of on-the-job training and 10 weeks of blended classroom instruction each year. 

Admission Requirements

How to become an Apprentice:   

  1. Ensure you meet Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) eligibility and entrance requirements for your desired skilled trade.   

  2. Find a sponsor/employer to begin earning on-the-job hours towards your apprenticeship    

  3. Apply for an Apprenticeship Education Program.    

  4. Register for classroom instruction.   

Academic Requirements  

Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Entrance Requirements Recommended Path:  

  • ELA 30-2  

  • Math 30-3  

  • Physics 20 or Chem 20 or Science 20  

  • Related CTS courses 


 Minimum Requirements:  

  • ELA 10-2  

  • Math 10-3  


A pass on all five Canadian GED tests  


Successful completion of AIT’s entrance exam  

Intake Details

Registration opens May 23, 2024

1st Period

First Period not offered in 2024/2025, check back in Spring of 2025 for the next academic year.

2nd Period
January 6, 2025 – March 14, 2025
  • Blended Delivery
  • On campus time requirements
    • Jan 6 - 8 | 8:30am – 3:30pm
    • March 3 - 7 | 8:30am – 3:30pm
    • March 10 - 14 | 8:30am – 3:30pm

Program Cost

Estimated Tuition & Fees
1st Period
2nd Period

These costs are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per training period.     

NOTE: Additional fees may apply. 

For full fee information, view our Program Cost Estimates.