IWCF Surface Stack Level 3 & 4 and IADC WellSharp

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This course meets IWCF/IADC and industry guidelines with certification being awarded to successful participants on completion.

The fundamental principles and theories of Well Control are covered. Practical Well Control skills are provided to course participants through instructor led lessons and hands-on simulation time. Program participants will have structured exposure to 3 well control simulators ensuring maximum exposure to practical well control exercises.

Please note that the IWCF have changed the levels of their Rotary Drilling Well Control certification.

The former Driller Certification is now known as Level 3.

The former Supervisor Certification is now known as Level 4.

Driller and Supervisory levels will receive training in the following areas

Practical Assessment

  • Well control equipment
  • Kill sheet information
  • Kicks while drilling/tripping
  • Shut in procedures
  • Shut in pressure observation
  • Kill handling methods
  • Kill problems
  • Well control management

Equipment Surface

  • Types of Blowout Preventers
  • BOP control systems
  • Chokes and manifolds
  • Auxiliary BOP equipment

Surface Principles and Procedures

  • Pre-recorded information
  • Causes of kicks
  • Kicks while drilling/tripping
  • Shut in procedures
  • Shut in pressures
  • Kill methods
  • Perform calculations
  • Kill problems
  • Well control management

Course Objectives

The AWCC Well Control Program’s objectives are to

Give all participants a sound and thorough understanding of well control principles and procedures while giving them a deeper knowledge of the equipment used to control such well control events when they occur.

AWCC endeavours to prepare all participants for the following:

  • Practice Assessment.
  • Equipment examination.
  • Principles and Procedures examination.

Variance in Driller and Supervisor Certification

First time Well Control program participants traditionally enter at the Driller’s level. The Driller responsibilities during their practical assessment are as follows:

  • Selecting the correct valve line up to drill (Standpipe, choke and kill manifold and BOP’s).
  • Making new hole and recognising the warning signs of increasing formation pressure.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform an appropriate flow check.
  • Recognise the positive kick indicators and take appropriate action within the required IWCF time frame.
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow instruction and support the Supervisor in removing the gas influx from the well bore.


AWCC Well Control Participants will be assessed in the following three areas:

1. Practical Simulation – Driller and Supervisor participants will be assessed in the following areas:

  • Set up for drilling.
  • Recognise a drilling break and positive kick indicators.
  • Perform a designated shut-in procedure within the required time and in accordance with IWCF standards.
  • Complete an IWCF kill sheet within the required 15 minute time frame.
  • Instruct drilling personal on the method of well control to be used and perform that method in accordance with IWCF standards and accreditation.
  • Demonstrate the maintenance of a constant bottom hole pressure while bringing the mud pump online.
  • Operate the remote choke and make adjustments considering the effect of lag time delay to maintain constant bottom hole pressure while circulating the gas influx to surface.
  • React and give the appropriate instructions when a well control problem has been introduced into the IWCF simulated assessment.
  • Demonstrate the maintenance of a constant bottom hole pressure while the gas influx is being circulated through the choke manifold at surface.

2. IWCF Equipment Examination — Supervisors and Driller levels: 1 hour written examination

3. IWCF Principles and Procedures Driller Examination: 1.5 hour written examination

4. IWCF Principles and Procedures Supervisor Examination: 2.5 hour written examination

AWCC Well Control Participants require a minimum of 70% in each of the assessments to qualify for IWCF well control certification.

The AWCC well control program standards have been based on the practical skills and knowledge required to drill wells of all known geometries in a variety of locations.

The AWCC well control program has been designed under the international guidelines of well control training required by the International Well Control Forum (IWCF).