We’ve had a lot of crew required to undergo well control training lately. It’s a challenging course, especially at the higher levels, but it’s vital for anyone with a role in well control on the rig.
We’ve put together a quick FAQ of the different levels of training and what they require.
1. Who runs the training?
Training standards are set by the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) and training courses are run through IADC who conduct the Wellsharp program (formerly WELLCAP).
2. How is the training conducted?
Each IWCF Drilling Well Control course is conducted over five days, in groups of no more than 15. The courses involve a combination of classroom sessions, practical exercises and simulations.
3. How is the training assessed?
Each course is assessed with a combination of exams. The first is a 1-hour multiple choice Equipment test in which you will be asked to identify equipment and components from diagrams and schematics.
The second exam focusses on Principle and Procedures, and consists of multiple choice questions and Kill Sheet calculations. Candidates are allowed between 1.5 and 2.5 hours to complete this exam, depending on the course.
Candidates must achieve 70% or above in all sections to pass.
Level 3 and Level 4 also require a Practical Assessment. Candidates must demonstrate the practical and technical skills required to complete the well kill operation.
4. How much does it cost?
Currently, each course costs around $2800 AUD.
5. What are the different levels and who needs to complete them?
IWCF LEVEL 2 – Introduction to Drilling Well Control
This is the course for first-time trainees and must be completed before progressing to higher levels.
Level 2 covers the theory, practice and equipment involved in well control. It provides an introduction to the rig and its systems, as well as explaining the BOP and other vital components of controlling the well.
IWCF Drilling Well Control LEVEL 3 – Surface OR Combined Surface/Subsea DRILLER
This course is designed for any role required to shut in a well: senior operational and engineering personnel, drilling superintendents, drilling engineers, OIMs, drilling supervisors, tool pushers and drillers.
Level 3 provides the knowledge and practical skills required for safe well control on the rig, and you will need to choose to sit the IWCF assessment examination for either Surface or Combined Surface/Subsea BOP accreditation.
IWCF Drilling Well Control LEVEL 4 – Surface OR Combined Surface/Subsea SUPERVISOR
Level 4 is Well Site Supervisor training. As with Level 3, participants must choose whether to sit the assessment for Surface or Combined Surface/Subsea operations.
6. How long is it valid?
Level 2 Certification is valid for five years.
Level 3 and 4 Certification are valid for two years.
If you need any more information about well control training, please get in touch with us at Rigforce. The IADC and IWCF websites also have a huge amount of information and a breakdown of specific course content.
Rigforce communications are intended to provide general information and commentary and should not be taken as professional or legal advice.