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Upskilling Our Groundwater Workforce

Drilling Basics Online is a series of groundwater training courses with future development of classroom and field courses. These career development opportunities are designed for industry professionals, regulators, university students, or entry-level workers in preparation for rigorous certification exams. These courses will improve the safety and skills of drilling industry members and train the next generation of drillers to address the critical shortage of professionals in the industry.

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Courses vary in length and competencies all based on the NGWA groundwater drilling exams. Some states will also issue continuing education units (CEUs) per course. Contact us to learn if your state is one of them.

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Drilling Basics Online

Enroll in all five courses and receive a discount! Courses included in this series are General Workplace Safety, Geology and Groundwater, Hydrogeology and Fluid Mechanics, Rig Types and Well Design, and Drill Rig Safety.

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Drill Safety Onboarding

The Drilling Safety Onboarding Program includes three courses necessary to get started in the groundwater industry: Groundwater 101, General Workplace Safety, and Drill Rig Safety. This collection of courses is ideal for new-hire orientation in a variety of groundwater-related positions. Discover safety regulations, best practices to prevent accidents, and the importance of protecting our groundwater systems through this fundamental safety training program.

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NGWA University understands that a lengthy program isn’t for everyone, so we offer classes on an individual basis as well. Please find a list of all our courses offered here.

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Focus on the Future. NGWA University knows that growing with new research and understanding is a large part of being a drilling professional. From entry-level to advanced knowledge, NGWA-U provides training for all skill levels and releases course and program packages to help you grow professionally. Join a wait list to be notified when these courses launch soon! Surface Pumps Submersible Pumps Business Essentials Drilling Basics Online in Spanish

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Don't see what you need? Submit a course topic here! High quality experiences come from those who are experts in their field and have boots on the ground. If you have an idea for a course you would like to see created by NGWA University, let us know!

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Not Your Typical Online Training

Access it anywhere, anytime. Smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop, this program is accessible from any device. We even have keyboard accessible versions upon request. Participants set the pace. There’s a rolling enrollment so you decide when to get started. Intuitive navigation and competency-based learning allows you to progress as you pass through checkpoints. With six weeks to complete the eight-hour course, pick it up when it is convenient for you.  Experience the latest in education. View rock samples and rigs in 360 degrees, walk through real-world scenarios for relevant connections, or take a tour of a drilling site. These courses provide the newest innovations in virtual technology for a fun and educational experience!

Scholarships Available

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in partnership with Franklin Electric are providing scholarships for the Drilling Basics Online program to Oklahoma state residents, or employees of an Oklahoma-state owned drilling company. In addition, NGWA University is always working on funding opportunities to make training courses accessible to all and maintains a wait list for when opportunities arise. Scholarships are limited to a first-come, first-serve basis and require participants to submit an application prior to registering for courses or programs. NGWA University will reach out to those eligible for funding assistance.


Thank you to our founding sponsors, without whom this program would not be possible. 

Franklin Electric

Platinum Founding Industry Partner


Founding Industry Partner

David Traut and Traut Companies

Founding Member Partner

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