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Directional Drill Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and CSA.


We Offer Three Types of Directional Drill Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Directional Drill certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Directional Drill Training Course?

Our Directional Drill Safety Training course is regulation aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on basic anatomy, safe operations, common hazards, and more.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Directional Drill Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1926.600 – Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P – Excavations
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart W – Rollover Protective Structures
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart W – Rollover Protective Structures
  • 29 CFR 1926.21 – Training and Education
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA-B352.0-09 – ROPS, FOPS (General Mobile Equipment)
  • Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations – SOR/87-612
  • Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 – Part XXIX – Oil and Gas
  • Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009 – Part 37 – Oil and Gas

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Directional Drill Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. Requirements for refresher training and other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific OSHA training requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher health and safety training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Directional Drill

    Did You Know?

    68% of those fatalities occur in companies with fewer than 50 workers.

    Almost 60 workers die each year in excavation accidents.

    48% occur in companies with 10 or fewer workers. (Source: CDC).


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is directional drilling?

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    Directional drilling, also called slant drilling, describes drilling that does not go straight down vertically into the earth. It is a steerable, trenchless installation method.

    What are directional drills used for?

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    Directional drills are used in many industries, including gas and oil, cable installation, underground pipes, and sewer systems. They are often used to install pipelines, cables, and conduit. A directional drill can also be used to place a pipeline beneath a river or road.

    What is the benefit of directional drilling?

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    Directional drilling allows for faster installation of lines or pipes with less damage to any existing landscaping. It’s a fast way to get utilities from one place to another beneath roads, bodies of water, airport runways, and various other obstacles.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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