Welcome to the Atlantic Petroleum Training College

Start training for your oil and gas industry career. Train on an oilrig in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to gain hands-on experience. The oil and gas industry wants floorhands (Roughnecks) in Western Canada. The Atlantic Petroleum Training College provides direction and opportunity for our students in the oil and gas industry. The college sets a standard for excellence in safety and world class hands-on training.

Certificate Program

The Atlantic Petroleum Training College (APTC), offers a certificate program in oilfield training. This program provides an opportunity for unskilled individuals to take advantage of quality hands-on training to begin a successful career in the oil and gas industry. This program provides the knowledge and skills to work safely and productively as part of an oilrig team. In addition to the core program, mandatory H2S Alive and 2-day Standard First Aid with Level A are given. Potential earnings for an individual starting in this dynamic industry can exceed $60,000 per year. For more information on individual courses, such as costs, schedule, etc. please click on "Courses" in the menu on the left. Learn More…

Latest News

Skip to 11:15 on the link below to see John Swain (CEO of APTC and SSTL) and James Buntain (Senior Instructor) explain the best way to find work in the Oil Industry.
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NS/ID/2271466061/

Employment Opportunities

Many production and well servicing companies in western Canada recognize that Atlantic Petroleum Training College provides quality training that prepares you for a successful career in the oil and gas industry. Read letters directly from the industry. Learn More…



Mission and Goals

Teach and instill in each student:

  • the importance of developing and maintaining a strong work ethic.
  • a positive level of confidence that builds self-esteem and a good attitude.
  • a healthy respect for all aspects of oilrig safety, positive motivation and oilrig work skills.
  • the building of character to set and achieve career goals.


Swaindrilling Inc. (SDI) is a placement service affiliated with Atlantic Petroleum Training College (APTC). This service is provided to APTC graduates only.

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About Us

This private career college was established in 1997 to train floorhands (roughnecks) for the land based drilling and well servicing industry.

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"Excellent course content.

Excellent Instructors.

Excellent staff."

–Mark King
Class of May 2010

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Testimonials Here…