IWCF have recently introduced a new online administration and examination system to compliment the new five tier system of Well Control training introduced in response to IOGP Report 476. The aim is to make the whole training and assessment process more efficient, responsive and user-friendly for candidates, training providers and invigilators.

FORUM requires candidates to register for a profile once so they can be assigned to online programme bookings by training centres. FORUM provides candidates with an online account where previous certifcations can be tracked and courses can be booked. This is a secure platform which will also allow online testing to be offered to candidates in future. 

Once candidates have registered they will receive an ID number. This number is required to be passed on to the chosen training centre to book onto the chosen training course. For help with registering please download our candidate registration guide here.

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Course Levels

IWCF follow OGP recommendations as to what course levels candidates should sit. Please note that this will vary depending upon the operation, environment and location. The recommendations should be taken as a general overview and should be considered on a case by case basis.

Level 1 training levels job types

Recommended for personnel that are non-critical to well control operations. This includes but is not limited to:

Office based staff including:
Logistics coordination personnel
Logistics supervisors
Operations co-ordinators
Well planning and well scheduling personnel
Other roles:
Offshore Installation Managers (OIMs)
Production Offshore Installation Managers
Deck Crew
Crane Operators
Rig move Captains
Rig Move Offshore Installation Managers
Supply and support vessel Watch Officers
Supply and support vessel Captains
Non critical wellsite personnel responsible for downhole and surface well equipment repair, inspection and operations including:
Remotely Operated Vehicle personnel (non-supervisory)
Wireline/slickline personnel (non-supervisory)
MPD/UBD wellsite service personnel (non-supervisory)
Coiled tubing and intervention services personnel (non-supervisory)
Casing running personnel (non-supervisory)
Directional surveying/MWD/LWD personnel
Wellsite oilfield equipment repair personnel
Tubular and rig inspection personnel
Other well non-supervisory drilling or intervention personnel
Other wellsite non-critical drilling or intervention personnel

Level 2 training levels job types

Recommended as a basic level well control training module that all members of the wellsite Operations Team working in roles which may directly contribute to the creation, detection or control of a well influx should attend.

Roles Include but not limited to:
Assistant to Wellsite Supervisor or Wellsite Drilling Engineer
Wellsite and office based Operations Geologist
Barge Engineer
BOP/Subsea Engineer, Dynamic Positioning Operator and LMRP Engineer
Drilling Conractor wellsite Rig Engineer
Wellsite ROV Supervisor
Wellsite Drilling Fluids, Mud and Completion Fluids Engineer
Wellsite Cementing Engineer/Operator
Wellsite based Wireline or Slickline Crew Supervisor
Wellsite based Wireline or Slickline Crew Chief or Lead Engineer
Coiled tubing and intervention services Wellsite Supervisor
Wellsite personnel supervising Managed Pressure Drilling operations
Wellsite personnel supervising Underbalanced Drilling services
Wellsite Casing Crew Supervisors
Wellsite Directional Driller
Fishing Engineer or Fishing Tool Operator
Mud Logger or wellsite Drilling Data Engineer

Level 3 training levels job types

Recommended for any role that is expected to shut-in a well. A Level 2 course should be successfully completed prior to taking a Level 3 course.

Roles Include but not limited to:
Assistant Driller
Equivalent positions in well servicing
Equivalent positions in intervention operations

Level 4 training levels job types

Recommended in addition to content covered in Level 3 training, wellsite supervisory and office-based personnel that are primarily involved with the well design and operational decision making process. Also those involed with potential wlel kill methodology should be trained to this high level.

Roles Include but not limited to:
Drilling/Intervention Wellsite Supervisor, Superintendent or Company Man
Office based Drilling/Intervention Supervisor
Office based Drilling/Intervention Superintendent
Tool Pusher
Wellsite Well Testing Supervisor
Wellsite Completion Supervisor
Intervention Supervisor
Offshore Installation Manager (OIM)
Drilling Contractor Rig Manager
Supervisors or Crew Chiefs for special service operations
Fishing engineer (if supervising well kill/pressure controlled operations)

Level 5 training levels job types

Recommended in addition to attending Level 4, all personnel with a key role in well design, well control equipment selection and rig selection processes. Some companies, at their discrection may encourage attendance of Level 4 personnel to Level 5 training. This is considered an acceptable practice, but not recommended as a mandatory requirement.

Roles Include but not limited to:
Drilling Engineer/Senior Drilling Engineer
Completion Engineer/Senior Completion Engineer
Petroleum Engineer/Senior Petroleum Engineers
Well Service Engineer/Senior Well Service Engineer
Intervention Engineer/Senior Intervention Engineer
Drilling/Intervention Superintendent (if involved with well design)
Drilling Manage (up to first line drilling management)
Drilling Project Manager (up to first line drilling management)
Well Operations Manager (up to first line drilling management)
Well Services Manager (up to first line drilling management)


If you wish to do some preparation for the IWCF Well Control course you can revise some worked questions and answers using the links below.


The course syllabus below details what you can expect to be covered during your course. You will be taught using both a mixture of classroom teaching, practice questions and discussions – you should not expect to only complete practice questions or examinations.


Information about your course

You are required to present a form of current photographic identification as ID when attending your course. You should also bring a calculator with you, everything else you require will be provided.

Drilling courses (level 3 and 4) should last at least 5 days including examination. Level 2 courses should be a minimum of 20 hours training followed by a written examination. Full Well Intervention courses should be at least 4 days including written examination.

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