Well Intervention Pressure Control

Programme Objectives

This programme is aimed at people who are in critical well control positions during well intervention operations. Candidates will complete an accredited training course, taught according to IWCF syllabus, in order to prepare them for assessment.

Different levels of training are available and are valid for varying lengths of time:

  • Level 2 training – If passed, the certificate is valid for 5 years.
  • Level 3 and 4 training – If passed, the certificate is valid for 2 years.

Programme Structure

Three different levels of Well Intervention Pressure Control training are available for different roles within the industry:

  • Level 2 – Drilling and Wells Personnel Basic Training (new)
  • Level 3 – Available for any role expected to shut in a well (equivalent to previous Level 1)
  • Level 4 – Well Site Supervisor Training (equivalent to previous Level 2)

The certification standards in our programme are based on the pressure control knowledge required by service equipment operators and supervisory personnel in their jobs. These standards have been devised so that the measurement of candidate’s knowledge can be assessed systematically.

The following certification options are provided and are made up of compulsory and optional components:

  • Completion Operations (compulsory)
  • Completion Equipment (compulsory)
  • Coiled Tubing Operations (optional)
  • Wireline Operations (optional)
  • Snubbing Operations (optional)

Candidates must attempt both compulsory components and one or more optional component in a combined certification programme. However, to obtain a combined certificate, candidates must pass each component they have been nominated for.

Content Includes:

  • Equipment
  • Completion
  • Wireline
  • Coiled tubing
  • Snubbing

Principles and Procedures:

  • Barrier principles
  • Well information
  • Shut-in procedures
  • Pressure control methods
  • Problems
  • Pressure control management

Download the Well Intervention level 2 syllabus here.

Download the Well Intervention level 3 and 4 syllabus here.

Examinations

This programme is made up of separate sets of tests for the different levels of examinations. Candidates are required to complete two compulsory components and one or more optional components written test papers which is made up of multiple choice questions, well calculations and direct answer questions. To obtain a certificate, candidates must achieve a minimum mark of 70% in each component that they have been nominated for.

Independent Invigilators who are registered and approved by the IWCF conduct the written tests at centres which have been approved and accredited for the purpose of the certification programme.

Timing for each exam is as follows:

  • Level 2:
    • Completion Equipment (compulsory): 30 minutes
    • Completion Operations (compulsory): 60 minutes
    • Wireline Operations (optional): 30 minutes
    • Coiled Tubing Operations (optional): 30 minutes
    • Snubbing Operations (optional): 30 minutes
  • Level 3:
    • Completion Equipment (compulsory): 30 minutes
    • Completion Operations (compulsory): 60 minutes
    • Wireline Operations (optional): 30 minutes
    • Coiled Tubing Operations (optional): 30 minutes
    • Snubbing Operations (optional): 30 minutes
  • Level 4:
    • Completion Equipment (compulsory): 30 minutes
    • Completion Operations (compulsory): 90 minutes
    • Wireline Operations (optional): 30 minutes
    • Coiled Tubing Operations (optional): 30 minutes
    • Snubbing Operations (optional): 30 minutes

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