SAVE THE DATE- Annual General Meeting & Well Control Workshop

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Mark your calendars!  

The International Well Control Forum (IWCF) Annual General Meeting and Workshop is coming to Baku, Azerbaijan on 22 – 23 November 2023!  

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect and learn with industry professionals. 

Save the date and stay tuned for further updates. 

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International Well Control Forum (IWCF) Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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IWCF is celebrating 30 years in operation providing well control training, assessment and certification programmes for the exploration and production sector of the oil and gas industry.

Zdenek Sehnal, the CEO, said, “A lot has happened over three decades and it’s great to reflect on this. We’re grateful to all our stakeholders and partners who have played a part in IWCF’s progress.”IWCF hosted an anniversary celebration in Montrose, Scotland. The event was attended by IWCF staff, present and past IWCF board members, consultants and special guests who played a significant role in the organisations progression over the years.


IWCFs CEO Zdenek Sehnal welcoming IWCFs first Secretary General Michael Cummins



The celebration was an opportunity to hear about the establishment of the European Well Control FORUM (EWCF) and the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) and the significant events that shaped the strategic direction of the organisation to provide quality training for the industry.

The celebration allowed IWCF to reflect on their many years as a not for profit membership organisation. IWCF invited their longest-standing members, to share their recollections as members of IWCF.

Here is what the two longest-standing IWCF members, Aberdeen Drilling School and Well Control School, have said about their involvement with IWCF:


As a not for profit membership organisation established in 1992, any company or individual within the oil and gas industry with an interest in the continuing development of well control knowledge and skills is welcome to apply for membership.

If you are interested in becoming a member and would like more information, please click here to download IWCF membership information.

Each IWCF member is assigned to one of the regional Branches based on the member’s geographical location. Each Branch has a Chair and a Vice Chair. The IWCF Board is composed of the Branch Chairs. Members have the opportunity to attend regional branch meetings to discuss ideas, suggestions and issues related to well control and well control training. The Branch Chairs can then take feedback to the IWCF Board to help drive continuous improvement within the organisation.

The IWCF Board joined the company’s celebrations recently and attended a meeting in person at the Head office premises.


IWCF Board Meeting with the German Branch Chair, Thomas Hillebrecht, joining virtually



Here is what IWCF Board Chairperson, Jamie Wilson, had to say about the meeting.

“The IWCF Board members attended a meeting in Montrose in which they explored the IWCF services to our members and well control training candidates and measures for improving these to assure continuing delivery of value and assurance of maintaining IWCF’s high standards.”

Three decades have brought tremendous change globally, however, IWCF have remained focused on its vision – No risk to life, assets, or the natural environment through well control incidents.

By keeping focused on this vision, IWCF has been and continues to be adaptive to needs of the industry.

IWCF want to thank everyone who supported the company over its 30 years in operation.


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Office Closure – Queen Elizabeth II Bank Holiday

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All at IWCF are deeply saddened by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. We offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family and everyone mourning around the world.

To pay our respects on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, the IWCF Head Office will close on Monday 19 September 2022.

If you have an urgent query during this time, please call the out of hours service on +44 (0)1674 678120. This service will be available from 06.30 to 19.00 (BST).

The Australian Office will close on Thursday 22 September 2022 to mark Australia’s National Day of Mourning. During this time the UK Head Office will be open and the out of hours service will be available. Please call +44 (0)1674 678120 if you have an urgent enquiry during this time.


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Calling all members! Save the date for our Annual General Meeting (AGM)!

The virtual event will be held on 23 November 2022 and will take place in webinar format. The webinar access will be available for every member.

Add the date to your diary today, and more information will follow in the coming months! 

Please contact us at if you have any questions. 


Well Control And Pressure Control Calculations

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We are delighted to announce the launch of a new Well Control and Pressure Control Calculations eLearning resource which is available for free on the IWCF website here.

Previously the website hosted three downloadable PDF documents related to drilling calculations. These PDFs consisted of more than 500 pages.

We worked to adapt this content into an online platform, making the content much more interactive and accessible for candidates.

The platform offers basic, awareness-level modules on the following topics.

  • Module 1 – Introduction to calculations
  • Module 2 – Volumes, capacities and displacements
  • Module 3 – Tripping and wellbore geometry
  • Module 4 – Gas and gas laws
  • Module 5 – The circulating system.

The structure allows for targeted study, so that candidates can leave and return to the modules in their own time.

Although the platform aims to help candidates understand basic oilfield calculations, it is not a substitute for instructor-led training. It can be used as a useful resource to help candidates before they attend well control training.

We would like to thank IWCF’s UK Branch who funded this new resource. Clive Battisby, UK Branch Chairperson commented on the introduction of the new initiative.

“The UK branch are delighted to be able to fund and support this exciting new initiative that is available for free on the IWCF website. Well control calculations are a vital part of candidates’ learning and these modules will offer great benefits to not only users, but employers and the industry.

The modules can be accessed at any time to refresh knowledge, so can be incorporated easily into users on-going learning throughout their certification cycles.

I would encourage candidates to access the modules to see the variety of topics they cover and discover how the resource can be applied or incorporated into their roles.”

The free resource can be accessed on the IWCF website here.

Virtual AGM 2021

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Virtual AGM 2021

Our 4th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in webinar format on Tuesday 23 November 2021 at 0800 hrs GMT.

The invite and link to book your place at the online event was sent to all members on 11 October 2021.

Please contact if you have any questions.

Board Chair Retirement

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Mr Zdenek Sehnal (pictured below) has informed the IWCF Board of his retirement from his role as IWCF Board Chairman. 

Mr Sehnal has held the position of IWCF Board Chairman since 2016, while also representing the Norwegian Branch as Branch Chair. He has led the organisation through a period of substantial change, most recently navigating the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the introduction of virtual training and assessments.  

Mr Jamie Wilson, Vice Chair of the IWCF Board of Trustees will adopt the role of Acting Board Chair, effective immediately.  

IWCF’s Board and administration would like to thank Mr Sehnal for his hard work and dedication as we’ve worked towards furthering our mission and vision.  

Mr Wilson commented. “Zdenek assumed the Chairman’s role at a pivotal time of the IWCF’s direction. With his calm manner and diplomacy, coupled with very considerable personal effort, he enabled the Board to enjoy a period of effective and harmonised activity. Furthermore, he has been instrumental in leading the development of IWCF’s strategy to deliver well control training to a standard expected by the global industry.  

The Board has requested Mr Sehnal to assume a consulting role with the IWCF Administration to continue assisting with the implementation of the strategy and support the CEO with various technical and training matters.


Virtual Training and Assessments Update

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IWCF introduced virtual training and assessments in 2020 due to the impact that COVID-19 had upon face-to-face training. Piloting this alternative method of training enabled well control personnel to maintain competency despite travel restrictions and social distancing measures that have been in place.

To help us maintain and assure the high standards of quality and integrity expected at IWCF, we have been conducting extensive analysis of data throughout this period. This evaluation has demonstrated the efficacy of IWCF virtual classroom training and remote assessments.

This evidence-based approach has also been utilised to measure performance, monitor success and identify opportunities for improvement. One of the key findings from the analysis, supported by statistical evidence, show that there is no functional difference in candidate assessment results between those who completed an IWCF virtual classroom course versus IWCF face-to-face classroom training.

Accrediting and supporting our members to deliver virtual classroom training and assessment has allowed us to work towards our mission, while enabling our members to provide an accessible and cost-effective solution during the pandemic.

The results of the analysis performed allow us to continue to offer virtual training and assessments as an option for all IWCF accredited training providers, subject to compliance with IWCF guidelines and requirements.

Due to the successful implementation of this initiative, we will close the process for eCert extensions for both renewing and resit candidates from 31st March 2021.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Branch Elections – France and UK

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The French Branch elections were recently held following on from the retirement of the French Branch Chair, Alain Jost.

Alain worked with IWCF since the company formed in 1992, with over 16 years’ experience as the vice-chair of the IWCF Board. We would like to thank Alain for his long service and wish him well in his retirement from his position.

Fabien Manuel from IFP Training was elected as the new chairperson, and Raphael Alonso from Ecole Francaise de Forage elected as the new vice-chair.

In the UK, the vice-chair elections were also recently held with Jamie McHattie from Maersk Training UK appointed to the vice-chair position.

We would like to welcome Fabien, Raphael and Jamie into their branch chair and vice-chair positions and look forward to working with them all in 2021.

If you would like to see our full board structure you can download the structure chart here.

New UK Branch Chair

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The UK branch chair election was held recently, with Clive Battisby of Drilling Systems elected as the new chairperson.

We would like to welcome Clive onto our board of directors and look forward to working with him in the future.

If you would like to see our full board structure you can download the structure chart here.