Course Levels

Course Levels

IWCF follow IOGP 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
  • Roustabouts
  • 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

Level-2 is recommended as a basic level well control training module.  All members of the wellsite Operations Team working in roles related to the creation, detection or control of a well influx should attend.

Roles included but are not limited to:

  • Assistant to Wellsite Supervisor or Wellsite Drilling Engineer
  • Wellsite and office-based Operations Geologist
  • Roughneck
  • Derrickman
  • Barge Engineer
  • BOP/Subsea Engineer, Dynamic Positioning Operator and LMRP Engineer
  • Drilling Contractor 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 Toop 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 are not limited to:

  • Driller
  • 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 personnel primarily involved with well design and operational decision making process.

Wellsite supervisors and those involved with well design and operational decision-making are recommended to complete a Level-4 course in addition to content covered in Level-3. Also, those involved with potential well kill methodology should be trained to this high level.

Roles include but are 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 Completions 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 are encouraged to complete Level-5. Some companies, at their discretion may encourage Level 4 personnel to attend  Level 5 training. This is considered an acceptable practice, but not recommended as a mandatory requirement.

Roles include but are 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)