The BDA Audit satisfies British Standards (BS 22475 Part 2 and 3), the UK Specification for Ground investigation and Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM), regarding the need to prove the ongoing competence of drilling operatives.
If you would like to book a BDA Audit, please complete the online application form found below:
The documents you will need to provide with your application are outlined below:
Once we receive your application, with all required supporting documentation, a BDA Auditor will be in contact directly to arrange a site visit.
Please note: If a Support Operative is audited as part of a full crew, their audit is free of charge. It is the same price for a Lead Driller as it is for a Lead Driller, plus their Support Operative (provided that the Support Operative meets the criteria – i.e. has a VQ, CSCS Card and First Aid certified).
A summary of the BDA Audit process is below, however full explicit details are covered in the BDA Audit Handbook which is now available for all Auditees, employers and interested parties here: BDA Audit – Handbook.
Why do you need a BDA Audit?
What is covered in a BDA Audit?
The Audit looks in depth at the individual’s current competence, their rig and equipment. Legislative requirements feature heavily. The BDA Audit is available for all members of a drill crew, whether Lead Driller or Support Operative and assessments can be carried out for all drilling disciplines.
Some Audit requirements include:
A full extensive list of areas covered by the BDA Audit can be found in the BDA Audit Handbook.
Who carries out the BDA Audit?
How are BDA Audits carried out?
BDA Audits are carried out by experienced assessors from the drilling industry and take half a day.
BDA Auditors will conduct the BDA Audit against specific Audit criteria, to determine Audit findings. Audit findings provide factual evidence collected by Auditors. to indicate conformity or non-conformity, with an aspect of the Audit criteria – i.e. the latest and current Standards, Guidance, Legislation and Regulations, which apply to all land drilling works in the UK.
Should any non-conformities be identified, the Auditee and employer must rectify these issues and close them out with their assigned BDA Auditor within a set time period (not exceeding 21 days from the Audit date), before an Audit card can be issued. Failure to comply will result in withdrawal of the card and loss of Audited status.
The BDA Audit Card is now issued digitally via our Audit communication partner, Cardskipper. Once Auditee’s have successfully completed their Audit, they will receive instructions on how to download the free Cardskipper app and install their digital BDA Audit eCard on their smartphone. Digital image copies of the Audit Card will also be available following completion of Audit.
The Audit is available to BDA members, at the reduced rate of £435 (+ VAT), and to non-members, at the sole discretion of the BDA, for £795 (+ VAT) . Its annual renewal provides ongoing proof of current competence.
By passing the Audit your name will appear on the BDA’s website page of Audited drillers, however, this does not confer any BDA membership rights.
The full Terms and Conditions for the BDA Audit can be found here.
For any further information, please use the dedicated BDA Audit contact details below:
Phone: 0800 0385 969