Drilling & Well Control

IWCF Drilling Well Control Level 3

IWCF Drilling Well Control Level 3

Course Overview

Drilling Well Control training has been developed by the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) for personnel in critical well control roles on offshore drilling installations or onshore.


Prerequisites Required!
In order to complete IWCF Drilling Well Control Level 3, delegates must hold:
    There are no formal prerequisites for a Level 3 IWCF Drilling Well Control training course.
    Delegates can go directly into level 4 at a company's discretion, however IWCF advise delegates to progress from level 2, to level 3, to level 4.

Course Structure

The training covers management of wellbore pressures, maintaining primary well control, prevention and detection of a kick, management of a kick, equipment used, and secondary well control.

Level 3 IWCF Drilling Well Control training consists of two written assessments and a practical assessment using simulator equipment. The practical assessment is usually conducted in pairs of a driller level candidate (level 3) and a supervisor level candidate (level 4).

Course Content

Delegates completing this training course will be able to;
- Maintain primary well control
- Deal with an influx or losses
- Understand surface equipment, principles and procedures
- Understand combined surface and subsea equipment, principles and procedures
- Set up for drilling
- Recognise drilling break and positive kick
- Perform a shut-in with the shortest possible time by following appropriate procedure
- Complete a kill sheet and kill a well using designated procedure (wait & weight or driller’s method)
- Bring a pump up to kill speed maintaining constant bottom hole pressure
- Operate a remote choke and make adjustments in accordance with the time delay to maintain constant bottom hole pressure
- Complete a well kill operation

More information

  • Certification: An IWCF Drilling Well Control certificate.
  • Certificate validity (months): 24
  • Target audience: Equipment operators who have to perform an action to prevent or respond to a well control accident and supervisors who specify and have oversight that correct actions are carried out. Level 3 is available for any role expected to shut in a well.
  • Revalidation: The course must be revalidated every 2 years.
  • Items to bring: Government issued photographic ID e.g. Driver's Licence or Passport and a calculator.
  • Health prerequisites: Due to certain aspects of the course being potentially physically demanding and/or stressful, delegates will be required to confirm their medical fitness & physical ability to participate on this course by completing our centre medical self-screening form prior to course commencement.

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