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

Program Info

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 43 weeks in length.
Job Opportunities
  • Reception
  • Engineering Department Administration
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Office Assistant
"The experience I gained was really valuable. After attending CDI, I know that I can accomplish whatever I want." - Jennifer B., CDI College Graduate
Program Courses

The program outline below is for Alberta .

Code Course Name Hours
  • SSS4 Student Success Strategies 20

    • Emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from day one, and developing the non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success.
  • MOT4 Microsoft Outlook 40

    • This course presents the MS Outlook application interface, tools, and features. You will l earn about the fundamentals of an e-mail application, scheduling, calendars, contact lists, creating, forwarding and managing messages. This course relies heavily upon hands-on practical activities that allow you to learn concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
  • MSW4 Microsoft Word 60

    • This course introduces the students to word processing with Microsoft Word. Relying heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing skills based simulations, training and assessments. Learners will focus on the core features of Microsoft Word such as proper document formatting, organization and editing using the tools and features of the ribbon. The course will then continue with more advanced topics such as working with tables, lists, objects, templates footnotes and endnotes and mail merges. Students will explore the collaboration features that allow users to share and collaborate on documents through the use of track changes, sharing and reviewing.
  • MSE4 Microsoft Excel 40

    • Relying heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing skills based simulations, training and assessments in Microsoft Excel. The course starts with an overview of spreadsheets and how to use the common features and functions of Microsoft Excel. The course then focuses on the core features of Microsoft Excel where students learn how to enter and format data and use the various functions and formulas to manage and manipulate data. The course continues with more advanced topics such as performing quantitative analysis with logical, lookup and various mathematical and financial functions. Depicting data visually is an important feature of Excel. Students will learn how to work with charts in Excel to produce a variety of different charts based on data housed in a spreadsheet. Finally students will learn to handle large volumes of data with datasets and tables.
  • MSAE Microsoft Access 60

    • This course introduces the students to relational databases with Microsoft Access. The course starts with an overview of Microsoft Access and databases in general. Students will learn the fundamental features of relational database and how databases are used to store related information and query the information. After learning how to create and modify a database and work with records, students will learn to sort data and filter to a database. Students will then explore the different ways to query a database and extract the information based on different criteria. Subsequent to working with multi-table databases, students will then learn to work with different types of functions to manipulate data, forms to input data into a database and reports to display data.
  • MSP4 Microsoft PowerPoint 40

    • This course introduces the students to presentation development and design with Microsoft PowerPoint. Relying heavily on a hands-on practical training approach, students learn by doing skills based simulations, training and assessments. The course starts with an overview of Microsoft PowerPoint where students learn about common views, features, tools and the environment of PowerPoint. The course then focuses on core processes of development and design of robust PowerPoint presentations and enhancing the presentations with the rich media tools offered by PowerPoint. Students will learn to use the PowerPoint templates, outlines and themes to design presentations.
  • PSK4 Professional Skills 20

    • This course is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for dealing effectively with both customers and colleagues in the business world. Using a variety of instructional methods including role-plays, case studies, group exercises, simulated situations, and discussions, students learn and practice customer service and interpersonal skills necessary for success in today’s business environment.
  • EBW4 Effective Business Writing 40

    • Following the completion of this course, students will be able to: describe business communications in today’s workplace; communicate in teams using listening, nonverbal and meeting skills; plan, write and review various types of business messages; communicate effectively using memos, email, letters and instant messages; create business reports and proposals; plan, write and deliver oral presentations.
  • EOS4 Executive Office Simulations 40

    • This course helps prepare students for the real world of office work. It provides a simulated office environment where students can practice the skills learned in previous courses.
  • BEP4 Business English and Proofreading 40

    • In this course, students will develop essential English skills through review and application of basic grammar and punctuation principles necessary for successful workplace communication. Students will also learn to proofread business communication as a three-step process that includes reviewing copy once for format, once for content and mechanical errors, and once for references and numerical text. Throughout the process, students will learn and apply standard proofreading symbols.
  • GEO4 Geology 80

    • This segment of the program is an introduction to the Oil and Gas industry, starting with an understanding of where oil and gas is found. Students will also be exposed to the history of the industry, and learn about formations, substructures, and reservoir rocks.
  • LLG4 Land and Legal 60

    • This course teaches the student how to find remote locations by a Legal Land Description, and how to read these special maps. Students also learn about land leases and contracts such as Joint Operating Agreements, and how it is possible to “see” underground with seismic exploration.
  • DRI4 Drilling 80

    • Students will be exposed to the following: how to drill a well, how a drilling rig works, what are the requirements of well drilling, what happens when drill operations go into the ocean, how oil and gas is extracted from underground.
  • CPL4 Completion and Production 60

    • This course exposes the student to the process of bringing the oil to the surface and transporting it to a facility to be refined and processed. Students will also explore the Oilsands.
  • DOW4 Downstream and Corporate 40

    • The importance of petroleum and alternative sources to hydrocarbon power are examined. What are hydrocarbons and how do they travel across the country/world?
  • PRA4 Practical Application 20

    • Students will put oil and gas strategies into practice within an office setting.
  • PRAC100 Practicum 100

    • Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee 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.
  • CES4 Career & Employment Strategies 20

    • In business, as in other interpersonal contact, the impression formed in the first 10 to 15 seconds is crucial to the success of the relationship. The importance of the customer and of customer relations to business success is examined through case studies, role-playing, take-home assignments and discussion. Students will learn relevant theories of human behaviour and how they may be applied to resolve conflicts and improve customer relations.