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IWCF introduces e-certificates for increased speed and security

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The International Well Control Forum (IWCF) will issue all certificates online, creating significant savings for training providers and greater overall assurance in the oil and gas industry.

IWCF – the independent, not-for-profit organisation, which sets international training standards for well control – introduced eCerts to offer significant benefits to users including improved quality and delivery of certificates, while combating instances of fraud.

Combined with the fully integrated digital assessment solution the IWCF eCerts bring the entire process online.

Industry feedback has also led to the introduction of a new optional grading descriptor system. This will create transparency on the level of pass, with ‘Pass with Merit’ awarded for 80-89% and ‘Pass with Distinction’ awarded for 90-100%.

The digital assessment solution will allow candidates to take online assessments using an internet connection or offline, with connectivity only required to initiate the schedule and upload the results. This will significantly improve the customer experience with increased booking flexibility, the ability for instant re-sits, and much faster delivery times for eCerts.

Antony Quin, Chief Executive Officer of IWCF, said: “We’ve been driving this change in certification over the last 18 months. It will greatly benefit candidates, employers and training providers by making our certification process more streamlined and efficient. This is important to our members so we’re pleased to have reached this milestone.

“The IWCF eCerts cannot be replicated or copied due to in-built meta-data security measures, which means qualifications can be traced back to their origin. Although fraud isn’t common, it can happen. This introduction makes it easier for all employers to confirm that eCerts are genuine.”

IWCF’s online administration platform, FORUM, which is used for candidate registrations and schedule bookings, is central to the new certifications. Using Mozilla’s Open Badges network, successful candidates will be awarded a digital badge, which can be shared on social media to celebrate their achievement.

The introduction of eCerts comes as IWCF celebrates a record breaking number of candidates in March 2018, with figures up 25% against 2017.

WIPC Subsea Syllabus Launch

By News, Training

IWCF have created the Well Intervention Pressure Control (WIPC) Subsea module to enhance the existing WIPC syllabus. Although this module is primarily aimed at Level 4 candidates, it is also available for Level 3 candidates who have experience of subsea well intervention operations.

The Subsea Well Intervention syllabus will:

  • Meet the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) recommendations for enhancements to well control training, examination and certification as highlighted in Report 476, issued August 2016
  • Allow IWCF to continuously deliver the highest standards of well control training and assessment.

Course Duration

The Subsea module must be delivered in a minimum of 8 hours and as part of the existing WIPC programme.

Candidates choosing to take the Subsea module as part of the full current WIPC programme (2 compulsory and 3 optional modules), will be required to have 36 hours of instructor-led training.

Candidates choosing to take the Subsea module must take the Wireline and Coiled Tubing modules.

Who should take the WIPC Subsea module?

We recommend personnel in the following positions should take the Subsea module:

  • Level 3 : Experienced Single Intervention Discipline Subsea Operator
  • Level 4 : Single Intervention Discipline Subsea Supervisor/Engineer
  • Level 4 : Subsea Well Services Supervisor/Well Site Leader
  • Level 4 : Subsea Completion Supervisor/Service Leader.


Click here to download the full syllabus and for more information.

IWCF Transfer to SCIO

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On 1 September 2017 STICHTING INTERNATIONAL WELL CONTROL FORUM (a foundation established in The Netherlands with registered number 41157732 (“Stichting”) agreed to donate all of its undertakings and assets to (i) INTERNATIONAL WELL CONTROL FORUM a Scottish charitable incorporated organisation incorporated under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (Scottish charity number SC045842) and having its principal office at Inchbraoach House, Montrose, Angus DD10 9UA (“IWCF SCIO”) and (ii) IWCF OPERATIONS LIMITED, a wholly owned subsidiary of IWCF SCIO, a company registered under the law of Scotland with company number SC568731 whose registered office is at Inchbraoach House, Montrose, Angus DD10 9UA (“IWCF OpCo”).

The donation includes the transfer of the personal data for which the Stichting was the data controller. IWCF SCIO and IWCF OpCo are now each a data controller for the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 and will continue to process personal data in the same way as the Stichting. For further information on the use of personal data please see

Should you have any questions relating to this transfer please email:

IWCF Workshop: Enhancing crew competency in well control

By Training

In this highly interactive 2-day workshop IWCF aim to get feedback from our diverse membership so we can continue to further our mission to enhance well control competency within the E&P industry.

We will be hosting a variety of workstations to encourage participation and interaction from our members. Based around 3 key themes – Well Intervention, Human Factors and Learning Methods – the work stations will give our members the chance to help address the challenges and influence the improvements required within well control training.

The work stations will be hosted by a team of international experts and will provide the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics at each work station, as well as review case studies and network with the IWCF team.

Our aim is for this unique workshop to be as interactive as possible. We want to engage and listen to our members. We want you to provide us with feedback and suggestions for future activities, to help shape our industry.

The workshop is taking place on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th December at PDO in Muscat, Oman and is free for all IWCF members to take part in.

Please contact if there is any additional topics you think we should include in the first IWCF workshop, or if you have a case study that you wish to share on the day.

Feedback from the workshop will be collated into a Members report which will be sent to all attendees soon after the event.

This is a must attend event for our members which will give an excellent opportunity to let your voice be heard and help shape the future of well control competency.

Places are limited so sign up today to secure your place at the first IWCF workshop.


Click here to download the registration form.

International Well Control Forum appoints new CEO

By Updates

The Board of the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) has announced the appointment of Mr Antony Quin as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Quin officially takes up the position of CEO from 1st July 2017 and is based in the IWCF Head Office in Montrose, UK.

Mr Zdenek Sehnal, Chairman of IWCF said: “We are delighted to announce Mr Antony Quin as the new CEO of the International Well Control Forum. Mr Quin has a proven track record in successfully developing the organisation and enhancing well control training and assessment at IWCF. We look forward to working with him as we move forward with important industry initiatives.”

Mr Quin joined IWCF in 2013 in the position of General Manager and became Acting Chief Executive Officer in July 2016. During his time in these positions he has helped introduce significant changes to the organisation, including the introduction of a new online administration and assessment system, FORUM.

Mr Quin will lead the organisation forward with the introduction of new training and assessment methods to support both the Drilling Well Control and Well Intervention Pressure Control syllabi.

Antony Quin commented: “I am delighted for the opportunity to help build upon our recent successes. I look forward to leading the IWCF team forward and working with our Board as we move forward with our plans to continue to improve competency within the industry through well control training, assessment and certification.”