Vermeer HDD Circuit® I and II Training Program

Vermeer is continuing to monitor health and safety guidelines from the CDC. The health and safety of our customers and team members continues to be first priority. At this time, masks are not required. Please note that our onsite COVID-19 protocols could change at any time.

HDD Circuit Program I

This course is designed for beginners, contractors or students looking to learn the fundamentals of HDD training and best practices within their careers. This two-track, one-week course is designed with a segmented training approach, to lessen the time it takes to give someone the skills and knowledge needed to work on a drill crew. Students must sign up in pairs of two and can choose between a drilling or locating track.

2021 training class dates:

  • May 17 – 21
  • June 14 – 18
  • July 12 – 16
  • September 13 – 17
  • October 11 – 15
  • October 25 – 29

The training dates provided may change depending on any future developments related to COVID-19. We continually evaluate the transmission of COVID-19 in our county, state and across the nation and, depending on the data, we reserve the right to cancel a course.

Tuition cost per student: $4,000

Travel costs not included. Estimated pricing includes drinks, snacks, lunch and a group dinner provided by Vermeer. Meals outside of these will be paid for by the student.

Estimated expenses

  Student 1 Student 2
Class tuition $4,000 $4,000
Airfare* $400 $400
Rental car (6 days) $300 $0 (ride share)
Hotel (5 days)* $460 $460 (if not room sharing)
Meals* $180 $180
Total $10,380

*Estimated expenses and pricing only through November 2021. These are dependent on specific travel requirements.

**Vermeer will provide lunch every day of class and supply one dinner. Meals outside of these will be paid for by the student.

Course outline

  • Day one-two: Classroom training and Vermeer HDD Simulator(workbook and HDD training materials supplied)
  • Day three-four: Hands-on
    • Driller (mix and test drilling fluids, drill setup, pilot bore and pullback of product/reamer)
    • Locator [bore planning, site prep, DCI® log-while-drilling (LWD™)]
  • Day five: Test out (clean up tools, additional equipment adjustments and posttest)

Registration requirements

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Companies are limited to a maximum of four participants per session

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Due to COVID-19, Vermeer Corporation will only be hosting the HDD Circuit I one-week course to limit the amount of time students are on site.

HDD Circuit Program II

Designed for crew leaders, supervisors and safety inspectors wanting to be better cross-trained in small- to medium-sized horizontal directional drill rigs. This two-week, nine-day program takes you through the fundamentals of HDD including safety, mud mixing, calculations, drill operation, bore planning, DCI® locating, DCI log-while-drilling (LWD™) and more.

*No classes currently available

Tuition cost per student: $5,500

Travel costs not included. Estimated pricing includes drinks, snacks, lunch and a group dinner provided by Vermeer. Meals outside of these will be paid for by the student.

Estimated expenses

  Student
Class tuition $5500
Airfare* $400
Rental car (12 days)* $600
Hotel (11 nights)* $880
Meals* $420
Total $7800

*Estimated expenses and pricing only through November 2020. These are dependent on specific travel requirements.

**Vermeer will provide lunch every day of class and supply one dinner. Meals outside of these will be paid for by the student.

Course outline

  • Day one: Classroom training (workbook and training materials supplied)
  • Day two: Locater training and drill site preparation
  • Day three-seven: Hands-on (mud mixing, drilling and locating)
  • Day eight: Hands-on (vac and utility locate training and impromptu bore)
  • Day nine: Test out (clean up tools, additional equipment adjustments and post-test)

*More information on next course dates coming soon!

*Limited seats available for Spanish-speakers in Circuit II only.

Registration requirements

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Companies are limited to a maximum of four participants per session

Post-program certification

The HDD Circuit II training programs are conducted in partnership with and certified by Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa. Students from anywhere may enroll in HDD Circuit training. Courses are conducted at Vermeer global headquarters in Pella, Iowa.

If the student’s combined scores equal 80% and better, they leave the course certified from DMACC. Since 2017 when the certification testing was introduced, a 96% student success rate has been achieved. This success rate is possible through the programs structure, student-to-trainer ratio, heavy hands-on focus and teaching with consistent fundamentals materials.

GI Bill® benefits

If you are a USA military veteran, you can use your GI Bill benefits to help cover tuition, supplies and lodging costs for the HDD Circuit training programs.

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