IWCF Well Control

• General Information
This training program will be delivered in line with guidelines and requirements stipulated by International Well Control Forum (IWCF). Reference is made to “Training & Qualifications” section of IWCF’s official website : The IWCF well control program is designed at four levels. Level 1 is considered basic and is only offered online through IWCF official website. Level 2 is considered introductory and provides a basis for those seeking levels 3 and/or 4 certification. Finally, levels 3 and 4 are aimed at drillers and drilling supervisors, respectively.

• Course content

Well Control – Introductory Level 2 Course Outline

1st Day

2nd Day

3rd Day

4th Day

• Drilling Overview
− Types of Drilli
− Why Well Controlng Rigs

• Pressure Basics
− Bottom hole Pressure
− Drilling Fluids / Mud Gradient
− Hydrostatic Pressure
− Normal vs. Abnormal Pressure Zones

− U-Tube Principle

• Causes of Kicks
− Fluid Density

− Tripping
− Cementing

• Transition Zone Indicators /Kick Recognition
• Gas Behavior /Shallow Gas
• Leak-Off Tests
• Limits to Control Capability

• Kill SheetInstruction (Surface & Subsea)

• Kill Sheet Workshop

•Well Control Principles

•Well Control Methods
− Driller’s Method
− Wait & Weight Method
− Volumetric Method

•Rig Circulating System

•Drill String Basics

•BOP Equipment (Surface & Subsea)

•BOP Design Considerations

•Subsea Considerations

•Introduction to Completions & Workover

•Review & Self-Study

Certification Exam

Well Control – Driller Level 3 and Supervisor Level 4 Course Outline

1st Day

2nd Day

3rd Day

4th Day

5th Day


•Well Control Principles
– Barrier Concept
– U-Tube
– Shoe Pressure Case Study

•Methods of Well Control
– Wait & Weight
– Driller’s Method
– Determination of Well Control Method

•Shut-in Methods

•L.O.T. and P.I.T.

•Limitations to Control Capability

•Surface and Subsea Kill Sheet Workshops

•Shallow Gas & Diverting/Riser Margin

•Causes of Abnormal Pressure

•Transition Zone Indicators

•Well Control Problems & Solutions

•Well Control Challenges and Testing

•BOP & Accumulators

•Subsea Well Control Considerations

•Problem Solving Model

•Tripping Practices

•General Mud

•Deviated Kill Sheet

•Advanced Well Control Techniques

•Workover & Completion Well Control

•Practical Simulator Assessments

•Classroom Exercises

Certification Exam

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