Start date Duration Cost Location Status
8/15/2024 5 Days 2000 $ Dubai, United Arab Emirates Register
8/22/2024 5 Days 950 $ Virtual (Live) Register
9/15/2024 5 Days 2000 $ Dubai, United Arab Emirates Register
9/22/2024 5 Days 950 $ Virtual (Live) Register
10/15/2024 5 Days 2000 $ Dubai, United Arab Emirates Register
10/22/2024 5 Days 950 $ Virtual (Live) Register

Course description

The program consists of a Practical Assessment Exercise and Written Test papers on Equipment and Principles & Procedures for office engineers (Level 2), drillers (Level 3) and drilling supervisors (Level 4) based on the IWCF/IADC Certification Standards. The Certification Standards are based on a detailed analysis of the well control knowledge that Drillers and Supervisors require, and the practical tasks that they have to master, in order to perform their jobs responsibly. The standards have been devised so that the measurement of their skills and knowledge can be assessed systematically. The method of assessing the performance of an individual, at both level 3 and level 4, is divided into the following sections:

A simulated practical exercise to assess practical skills

Written test papers on Equipment and Principles & Procedures to assess knowledge based skills


Aimed at personnel who have secondary involvement in well operations, for example office based staff or third parties who are involved in rig operations. The course is also a useful e-learning tool for students and graduates wanting to enter into the industry, or those who simply have an interest in learning about well control.



Course content

    • The overall drilling process
    • The language of drillers :Understanding their terminologies
    • Rig equipment: Rig types, drill bits MWD, drill strings, solids management, well control, tank arrangement
    • Rig operations: Drilling fluids, cementing casing design
    • Understanding morning reports
    • Hole problems: Stuck pipe, lost returns, well control
    • MWD and directional drilling operations and tools Safety
    • Philosophies of drilling operations
    • Drilling trends and new technology
    • Introduction
    • Pressure Concept & Calculations :
    • Types of Pressures
    • Leak off Test
    • Valuable Calculations
    • Converting Pressure to Mud Weight
    • Volume highest relationship and effect on pressure
    • Drop in pressure & fluid density effect during well control operations
    • Maximum wellbore pressure limitations
    • Kicks
    • Kick Definition
    • Causes of Kicks
    • Unintentional Flow
    • Intentional Flow
    • Warning Signs of Kicks
    • Primary Warning Signs
    • Secondary Warning Signs
    • Importance of Timely Response
    • Procedures for Kick Detection & Rapid Control
    • alarm limits
    • pre‐recorded well control information
    • flow checks
    • shut in & procedures
    • well monitoring during well shut –in
    • response to massive or total lost circulation & causes
    • methods to control underground blowouts
    • tripping
    • well control drills (types and frequencies)
    • formation competency
    • stripping operations
    • shallow gas hazards
    • Gas Characteristics & Behavior
    • Drilling Fluids
    • types of drilling fluids
    • fluid properties & effect on pressure losses mud properties following weight up & dilution 
    • Constant Bottom Hole Pressure Well (Vertical/ Deviated)
    • Control Methods
    • Primary Control
    • Secondary Control
    • Revision On Well Control
    • BOP Functions
    • BOP Arrangements & Operating Features
    • BOP Types:
    • diverter system functions, types & components
    • annular BOP, functions, types, operating & components
    • ram BOP, functions, types operating & components
    • Accumulator Control System Functions, Types, Operating & Components
    • Drilling Choke Systems Functions, Types, Operating & Components
    • VI‐ Safety Valves Functions, Types , Operating & Components
    • Mud/ Gas Separator Functions, Types, Operating & Components & Indicators
    • Inside BOP's Types, Function and Components
    • Simulator Practices
    • normal drilling operation simulation
    • well kick and controlling simulation
    • data collections and killing sheet formulating simulation



    • Level 2 – Drilling and Wells Personnel Basic Training (equivalent to Introductory level)
    • Level 3 – Available for any role expected to shut in a well (equivalent to Driller level)
    • Level 4 – Well Site Supervisor Training (equivalent to Supervisor level)

     Candidates have to score a minimum of 70% in each of the test to qualify for the IWCF/IADC certificate.

    • Level 2:
      • Surface Equipment
      • Surface Principles and Procedures
      • Combined Surface and Subsea Equipment
      • Combined Surface and Subsea Principles and Procedures
    •  Level 3 & 4:
      • Practical simulator test
      • Surface Equipment
      • Surface Principles and Procedures
      • Combined Surface and Subsea Equipment
      • Combined Surface and Subsea Principles and Procedures

    Validity period of certificate:

    • 2 years internationally

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