Field technicians in the U.S. must typically have a high school diploma or GED. Some have vocational training, learn through on-the-job training, or complete apprenticeships. Prior work experience in carpentry, repair, maintenance, plumbing, electronics, or electrical work is usually beneficial.
In the U.K., a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or a Higher National Certificate (HNC) may be required. HNDs and HNCs take two years of full-time study and are at level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework, making them equivalent to a vocational degree. These credentials are highly respected by employers in the UK.
Field technicians in Canada may have an Associate’s degree, although this training is not typically required. Prior experience in petroleum field service is usually desirable, and certification in oil field safety (WHIMIS, TDG, H2S, CPR+First Aid) may be strongly encouraged.
In Australia, to become recognized as a field technician in the oil and gas industry, vocational training or skills recognition (RPL or RCC) is necessary. Vocational training can be obtained through a TAFE college, business college, or other recognized training organization (RTO); through on-the-job training with experienced supervisors and workplace trainers; or through apprenticeship which combines formal education and on-the-job training.