Water Well Driller

Water Well Drillers set up and operate mobile equipment used to drill residential, commercial and industrial water wells and perform other industrial drilling. This program will also prepare you to:

  • Find potable water that is clean and safe to drink
  • Assist customers select a drilling site and estimate the cost
  • Reconstruct, redevelop and disinfect older and contaminated wells and water-pumping systems

Preparing for your BC Certificate of Qualification Exam

The Occupational Analysis describes the scope of competencies for the trade. The CofQ exam was developed to assess the competencies listed in this chart.

The Exam Weighting Chart for the Certificate of Qualification exam shows the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).

For information regarding BC regulations, please refer to the Province’s website.

Program Updates:

For further information on this trade and for a detailed list of learning materials please contact BC Ground Water Association on 604-530-8934 (Toll free within BC: 1-855-530-8934) and at secretary@bcgwa.org


Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 411.1 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 347.13 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 260.34 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 173.84 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 63.08 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 84.41 KB)