FAQs

TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

Q: If a candidate holds an IADC/Well Cap certificate can they attend an IWCF Level 3 or 4 course and examination?

A: If a person has an IADC certificate at Introductory Level or Fundamental Level (equivalent to previous driller level), they can register for an IWCF Level 3 course.

If a person has an IADC certificate at Fundamental Level or Supervisory level, they can register for an IWCF Level 4 course.

IWCF will request scanned copies of all IADC certificates to verify the candidate is eligible for the proposed IWCF equivalent. This should be submitted at the time of booking.


Q: If a candidate holds an IWCF/IADC certificate that has expired do they have to attend the IWCF Level 2 course and examination and progress through the levels?

A: Candidates who hold expired IWCF/IADC certificates can apply for the appropriate Level 3 or 4 courses. IWCF will request scanned copies of all IADC certificates to verify the candidate is eligible for the proposed IWCF equivalent. This should be submitted at the time of booking.


Q: Is there a ‘grace period’ for IWCF certificates?

A: There is no grace period for IWCF certification.


Q: How do I get a replacement certificate?

A: Please email certification@iwcf.org to request a replacement certificate. The cost of a re-print will be £50 / €60 / $85.


Q: If a candidate passes a Level 2 examination, how long do they have to wait until they can attend a Level 3 course and examination?

A: There are no formal time restrictions imposed between levels, however there are slightly restrictions in place due to IWCF enrolment timescales. For example; A candidate cannot enrol on to a Level 3 course until a verified pass at Level 2 has been achieved which can take up to 10 days.


Q: I would like to attend an IWCF course and examination. What is the procedure?

A: To book an IWCF course and examination please contact an IWCF accredited centre. To browse all IWCF accredited centres, click here.

Your chosen accredited centre will be able to confirm the next available course dates and fees involved.


Q: Does the IADC equivalent allow for anniversary dating?

A: Anniversary dating will not be granted for IADC equivalents.


Q: What is anniversary dating?

A: If a candidate with an existing valid IWCF certificate attends an IWCF accredited centre during the 90 days preceding the expiry date of their current certificate, and is successful in their re-qualification programme, the issue date for their new certificate will be the date following the expiry of their current certificate. This is providing that the re-qualification is in the same programme and at the same level as the current certificate.


Q: Does progression depend on BOP stack? For instance if a candidate has a Level 3 Surface certificate can they sit the Level 4 combined Surface and Subsea examinations?

A: The Level 3 Surface certificate will be accepted and the candidate will be allowed to sit the Level 4 combined Surface and Subsea examinations.


Q: When will candidates receive my full certificate after examinations?

A: Candidates who pass examinations are granted with a temporary certificate from the training centre which lasts for 90 days. Original certificates (valid for either 2 or 5 years) will be sent directly from IWCF to the Primary Training Centre within these 90 days to replace the temporary certificate.


Q: What do candidates do if their temporary certificate expires and they haven’t received their original certificates?

A: Please contact certification@iwcf.org and a member of the certification team will be able to advise on further action.


Q: What should candidates do if there is a mistake on their temporary certificate?

A: Please contact certification@iwcf.org and a member of the certification team will be able to advise on further action.

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