DSL Lauches “Industry First” API Training Standard For Derrick Builders

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DSL have been awarded the converted API Certified Training Centre Status, (TPCP), for its “Derrick Technician” training and competency assessment course at the OTC in Houston by Don Whittaker of API.

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the API Certification of the DSL Derrick Technicians Training Course provides the Industry with its first qualified standard

DSL have been awarded the converted API Certified Training Centre Status, (TPCP), for its “Derrick Technician” training and competency assessment course at the OTC in Houston by Don Whittaker of API.

The course is an Industry first as there is currently no other recognised training or qualification for personnel to undertake the various tasks and workscopes associated with Drilling Derricks, such as assembly, repair, removal and installation of crown blocks and the complicated rigging procedures that are required to safely carry out these tasks.

Mike Smith, Managing Director of DSL said, “The API certification of our facility and this initial course gives us immense pride and sense of achievement, as well as knowing that we are making a significant contribution to the further improvement of safety in our Industry. The API certification of our training provides the Industry with a reliable standard that can be endorsed as “The Standard” for all Industry personnel working in derricks in the future, were we currently have none.

Mike added, “The API Certification of the DSL Derrick Technicians Training Course provides the Industry with its first qualified standard to measure the competency and qualification of personnel undertaking many of the potentially high risk activities in drilling derricks. It seems somewhat surreal that whilst the evolution of our Industry has made great progress in the last 20 years, that the competency and qualification of personnel working above the drill floor has been overlooked”.

There is a significant perception in the Industry at the moment that if you hire a rope access technician, that the person is somehow qualified and/or competent to do any or all of the tasks that you need done at height, whereas the reality is that many of these technicians have received little or no training relevant to either derrick work or other workscopes carried out at height. This course enables us to both evaluate and certify the competency of experienced personnel as well as providing comprehensive training and qualification to those that do not have sufficient experience or training.

The Derrick Technician training was originally developed by DSL back in 2004 for its own employees, but has been an ambition of the Managing Director for many years previously. The lack of Industry standards or qualification has prompted DSL to achieve the API recognition of the course to make it available to the Industry. It is delivered in 7 separate modules which can be taken either as one course or individual modules. Candidates are then qualified to one of three levels as they complete the modules, with level three to those that complete all three.

The course is currently being run from the DSL facility in the UK where a 25m training derrick has been manufactured and installed for undertaking the practical elements of the course. A training structure for DSL Singapore is currently being manufactured with another planned for its Brasil and Houston operations later this year. A variety of other courses are currently being developed and these will be introduced during the next six months. A significant advantage of this course is that competency assessments can be conducted on site, where operations allows.

DLS’s core business is providing the Upstream Industry with derrick upgrade, derrick refurbishment, land rig inspection and repair, derrick inspection & Rig Inspection to API 4G & API 8B, and dropped object surveys to drilling rigs and production platforms, as well as the design and manufacture of drilling structures to API 4F & API 8C. DSL currently has in excess of 120 Derrick Technicians and Inspectors Worldwide.

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