You have chosen or have been given an accredited centre at which to attend your IWCF course. If you require more information about the accredited centre try our interactive map.
You should have been sent, by the accredited centre, joining instructions detailing times of the course, travel directions, accommodation if required nearby etc.
If you wish to do some preparation for the IWCF Drilling Well Control course you can look at the IWCF worked questions and answers, or for something more detailed you can complete the IWCF Distance Learning Drilling Calculations programme.
You will be required to present a current passport as ID.
You should bring a calculator with you, everything else should be provided.
You should be given a safety briefing at the start of your course i.e. fire exits etc.
You will also be asked to complete an IWCF registration form and a candidate personal information form (EX-FO-CPIF). These are for internal IWCF use only. The details on the candidate personal information form will be used to issue certificates to you if you complete the course successfully and to track your certificate.
There should be a maximum number of candidates per instructor, so that if there is 1 instructor there should normally be no more than 10 candidates in the classroom for Drilling (levels 3 and 4) and 15 for Well Intervention. IWCF recommends a maximum of 8 candidates for Level 2 courses.
You can download a syllabus for the course you are attending which will detail the subjects you should be covering during your course;
You should be taught to this syllabus using a mixture of classroom teaching, practice questions, discussions etc. not just completing practice questions or examinations.
Drilling courses (Level 3 and 4) should be at least 5 days including examination.
Level 2 courses should be a minimum of 20 hours training followed by written examination.
Full Well Intervention courses should be at least 4 days including written examination.
Practical assessment for Drilling
On the Drilling course your practical assessment should take place in a separate room to the classroom and it should be with a maximum of two candidates, normally a Driller level candidate and a Supervisor level candidate, together with the assessor and possibly an independent IWCF observer. The practical assessment should take approximately 1 – 2 hours. The person conducting the assessment should be an accredited IWCF assessor who may or may not be the person instructing in the classroom. A list of current assessors can be downloaded.
Details of what to expect in your practical assessment can be found on the Practical Assessment page under the ‘What to expect’ dropdown menu.