"The experience I gained was really valuable. After attending CDI, I know that I can accomplish whatever I want." - Jennifer B., CDI College Graduate

Canada is the sixth largest oil producer in the world. This growing industry demands business professionals who understand its unique regulations, business models, and other complexities.

CDI College's Oil and Gas Administrative Assistant program teaches the vital administrative and clerical skills such as computer and software skills, interpersonal skills, business communication, and more. It also puts a strong emphasis on the petroleum industry and industry-specific knowledge such as terminology and practices. Graduates of this program will be well-prepared to enter the fast-paced and lucrative oil and gas sector in a variety of administrative capacities.

This program is 40 weeks in length.

Job Opportunities
  • Oil and Gas Administrative Assistant

Program Courses

The program outline below is for Alberta .

Code Course Name Hours
  • BCOE Business Communications 100

    • The workplace of the twenty-first century demands excellent communication skills. The focus of this course is on the application of language arts skills and writing techniques that ensure effective and grammatically correct business communications.
  • CESE Career & Employment Strategies 25

    • Students will have the opportunity to review and discuss the final practicum placement. Simulated practice may be given in panel interviews as well as practice scenarios for the job interview. Students will update their resumes and cover letters. Students will have use of a Job Search lab which has unlimited Internet access, a job search resource library and a fax machine and phone for contacting prospective employers.
  • CPLE Completion and Production 50

    • This course takes students through the process of completing an oil well and moving into the production phase. Topics include the methods and equipment used for completing a well, well testing and stimulation, recovery techniques, measuring and testing oil and gas, well servicing, and production accounting.
  • DOWE Downstream and Corporate 50

    • Students learn about oil transportation, pipeline construction and operation, oil refining and processing, as well as the economics of the oil industry, corporate aspects of petroleum marketing, basic accounting, and the economic outlook for Canada’s energy.
  • DRIE Drilling 50

    • This course focuses on all the important aspects of drilling oil wells. Topics include preparations before drilling, the drilling operations, systems and equipment used in drilling.
  • GEOE Geology 75

    • This course takes students through the geological aspects of discovering and exploring oil. Students learn about rocks and minerals, about the formation of oil in the Earth’s crust, oil and gas accumulation, methods of collecting data for petroleum exploration and the economics involved in it.
  • LLGE Land and Legal 75

    • Students learn about the legal aspects of taking over land for oil exploration and production. The focus is on legal rights, responsibilities, the various organizations and government agencies involved and the related documentation used in Canada’s western provinces.
  • MA7E Microsoft Access 75

    • This course offers a case-oriented, problem-solving approach for learning this powerful database management system. It covers the basic to more advanced features of Microsoft Access – from creating queries, forms and reports to advanced queries, Briefcase, macros and Visual Basic.
  • ME7E Microsoft Excel 50

    • This course offers a case-oriented, problem-solving approach for learning Microsoft Excel. Students explore both basic and advanced features while creating a variety of documents such as budgets, marketing and sales reports, forecasts, and statistical tables.
  • MO7E Microsoft Outlook 50

    • Students work with basic and more advanced features of Microsoft Outlook to manage messages for efficient communication, maintain personal and business contacts, and organize appointments and tasks.
  • MP7E Microsoft PowerPoint 50

    • Students will explore both basic and more advanced features of Microsoft PowerPoint while creating visually attractive and effective presentations.
  • MW7E Microsoft Word 75

    • This course offers a case-oriented, problem-solving approach for learning Microsoft Word. Students work with both basic and advanced features while creating a variety of documents such as letters, memos, forms, and reports.
  • OSSE Office Skills and Simulations 100

    • The daily routines of a modern business office are examined, and the skills necessary to assist in the smooth operation of the office are presented in this course. A variety of presentation methods may be used including lecture, discussion, role plays, case studies and work simulations that require the student to complete tasks/projects that simulate real-world office situations.
  • PRAE Practical Application 25

    • This course wraps up the Oil and Gas Specialty phase of the Oil and Gas Administrative Assistant program. It demonstrates the various types of formal documentation used in the oil and gas industry, with samples of land applications, drilling applications, reports and flow charts.
  • M3110 Practicum 100

    • This module is for course credits but has no grade. Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee for the five-week period in order to gain the valuable "real world" experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory.
  • PSKE Professional Skills 25

    • This course is designed to equip students with interpersonal skills identified by employers as essential for success in the professional world. Using a variety of instructional methods including case studies, group exercises and discussion, students learn and practice key communication skills.