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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Virtual Training Update

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We have created a dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) page where all our updates will be published. You can find this on our home page, menu bar or by clicking here.

 

Virtual Training Update

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation which has resulted in worldwide restrictions being imposed. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of employees and well operations crews is maintained, we have been investigating innovative ways for our accredited centres to deliver training during this time.

As a temporary measure, IWCF’s Board of Directors have approved the introduction of virtual classroom training. This solution allows us to accommodate the requirement for training during the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst maintaining our high standards and integrity. We are committed to collaborating with our accredited centres to ensure this can be delivered effectively to candidates globally.

Candidates must complete all assessments including practical assessments at an accredited centre once social distancing measures are lifted. There will be a maximum time of 90 days to complete assessments following training however this will be monitored in line with government advice regarding travel.

As virtual training applications are approved, we will update our website locations map to show this as an additional delivery option. You can search for them by using the the ‘Programmes’ filter and selecting “Virtual Training.”

Accredited Centres can download the guidance document and application information from our Members Login Area, or contact our accreditation team for further information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Business Continuity Update

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We have created a dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) page where all our updates will be published. You can find this on our home page, menu bar or by clicking here.

 

IWCF continues to closely monitor the developing COVID-19 situation.  Our priority is to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, members and visitors whilst continuing to deliver our services.

We are working hard to ensure that we take all necessary steps to mitigate any possible impact to our customer operations while maintaining the welfare of our employees, customers, contractors and other stakeholders.

We wanted to share some information and new measures we have introduced to ensure we operate “business as usual” over the coming weeks.

Our Employees

We have adopted a home working policy. We are confident our approach to working remotely means the measures we have in place can ensure business continuity.

We are encouraging staff to limit face-to-face contact unless absolutely necessary to help reduce the risk of infection. Our employees are available to discuss any issues by phone, or have virtual meetings using Microsoft Teams.

All employees are available as usual on their mobile numbers and email addresses.

Travel

Travel is restricted in line with official advice. Business travel is restricted to ‘essential’ travel only.

Official guidelines on isolation are being followed for employees returning from any affected areas.

We have temporarily suspended onsite scheduled visits for audits, Train the Trainer and Assessor Courses until further notice.

Candidate Certificate Extensions

Since announcing the certificate extension procedure on Friday 13th March 2020, we have received a high volume of requests which we are currently processing as quickly as possible.

Candidates will only receive a response from IWCF regarding the extension in the following circumstances:

  • After completing the online form, the candidate emails certification@iwcf.org to request a confirmation letter;
  • The extension request requires further investigation.

Otherwise, once you have completed the online form, please trust that a 90-day extension will be applied.

Future Updates

After introducing the above measures and in line with official guidance, we would like to assure you that it is business as usual within our organisation.  As this is a fluid and rapidly changing situation, we will continue to closely monitor developments and will provide you with updates as required.

Please continue to share our updates.

We’d like to thank our members, stakeholders and colleagues for their patience and support during this time.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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We have created a dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) page where all our updates will be published. You can find this on our home page, menu bar or by clicking here.

 

As a membership organisation and in line with our core values, the safety and well-being of our members, stakeholders and employees is a priority to us.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is fast evolving and we are continuing to monitor the situation globally to ensure we are following the very latest advice.

As we all adjust to the new precautions in place, we recognise that there will be candidates who are unable to attend training courses and assessments. In these circumstances we would like to offer the below guidance about their certification expiry dates.

For IWCF Well Control Certificates expiring between 17 February 2020 and 31 May 2020, IWCF will extend the expiry date of those certificates by 90 days. IWCF will review this decision on 01 May 2020.

Candidates – please click here to complete our short form to submit your certificate extension request.

*Edit* – Additional information on certificate extensions added 18/03/20:

Since announcing the certificate extension procedure on Friday 13th March 2020, we have received a high volume of requests which we are currently processing as quickly as possible.

Candidates will only receive a response from IWCF regarding the extension in the following circumstances:

  • After completing the online form, the candidate emails certification@iwcf.org to request a confirmation letter;
  • The extension request requires further investigation.

Otherwise please trust that a 90-day extension has been automatically applied to the candidate’s certification.

 

The availability of IWCF Assessor and Instructor Training courses will be reviewed and attendees will be contacted as necessary.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated during this time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and understanding.

If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing iwcfinformation@iwcf.org.

 

 

Level 1 and WOCRM Server Move

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We want to give you some advance notice that we are moving our server which hosts Level 1 and WOCRM on Monday 2nd March 2020 and we expect a period of downtime which will last approximately 3 days.

During this time the Level 1 and WOCRM courses will be unavailable, as will access to your online certificate.

Please ensure you fully complete all modules by Sunday 1st March as only fully completed modules will be transferred to the new system. If you are mid-way through a module your progress will be lost, and you will need to restart the module in the new system.

When the server move is complete on Thursday 5th March 2020, you will be able to login to the new server using the same username. Due to the security in place, you will need to click Reset Password to set your new password the first time you visit.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact level1@iwcf.org if you have any questions.

Keynote Speaker Announcement – Petronas

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We are delighted to announce that Petronas will be a keynote speaker at our Workshop next month.

Shahril will discuss Petronas key initiatives including the aggressive ramping up of operations in the last year, including drilling and subsea WIPC activity.

Shahril is passionate about the industry readiness of crew and how IWCF can assist with the competency of candidates and their skill set within their roles.

You can download the full agenda for the event here.

If you are yet to register for your delegate pass you can do so here.

Workshop Agenda Release

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As our annual workshop fast approaches we are pleased to announce that the agenda for the event has been released.

There will be 6 sessions. These will include:

1) Opening of Workshop – IWCF’s CEO Antony Quin will give an overview of the workshop activities and the importance of collaborating with our members and the industry to deliver our mission.

2) Human Factors – We will explore human factors and ask “With the increase in simulation training, how do we train our simulator instructors to make the most of immersive simulation?”
Speaker: Robin Adlam

3) Enhanced Well Control – This session will focus on the impact Enhanced Well Control training has on crew and demonstrate how this recently helped avert disaster.
Speakers: David Gouldin and Kim Laursen

4) IOGP Wells Expert Committee Update – This session wil investigate how the industry can collaborate to successfully integrate IOGP Report recommendations within well control training.
Speaker: Olav Skar

5) Well Intervention Pressure Control – This session will discuss the recent update to our syllabi and display statistics which demonstrate that pressure control continues to account for a large number of well control incidents.
Speakers: George Galloway and Bob Baister

6) Assessor and Instructor Competency  – Here we will look at ways we can address the challenges of proving competency with accredited instructors, and assessors and look at ways to monitor this.
Speakers: Malcolm Lodge and Vitaly Baranov 

After listening to presentations from our expert speakers, the workshop sessions will provide opportunity to interact and participate in discussions.

You can download the full agenda here. 
If you are yet to register for your delegate pass you can do so here.

eAssessment Association’s 2019 Annual Awards Winner

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IWCF are delighted the secure eAssessment solution, FORUM HUB, developed by eCom, was the winning entry in the innovation category at the eAssessment Association’s 2019 annual awards.

eCom had to take into consideration that we are a global organisation with over 260 accredited training centres, spanning 54 countries.  This eAssessment solution gives training centres that operate in remote locations, with internet connectivity issues, the ability to offer the same secure ‘online’ assessment experience offline.

With FORUM HUB, remote centres can use pre-programmed Raspberry Pi device to download and upload assessments from a secure online link, for use at their centres.  Assessments are then automatically marked, with results issued to the candidates once the scripts are uploaded back into the centre FORUM database.

FORUM, based on eNetAssess™, eCom’s flexible online assessment system, customised for IWCF, facilitated the move from paper-based exams to online assessment (eAssessment).  This has delivered significant benefits to our organisation, centres and candidates, such as instant marking, cost reductions, instant resits and results as well as increased flexibility.

CEO Antony Quin said “We Knew digitising our processes was key to transforming our business.  FORUM enabled delivery of eAssessment at most of our centres and now, thanks to FORUM HUB, all our centres can be now offer eAssessment. Because of this, we’ve been able to improve quality and delivery of our assessments on a global scale.”

Commenting on the delivery of FORUM HUB, eCom Group CEO, Linda Steedman said “We’re delighted to be working with IWCF, putting the platform for innovative scalable eAssessment in place to support and enhance their business.  Winning the eAssessment Association’s innovation awards is great recognition that we’re setting the standards in the eAssessment industry.”