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 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



FORUM Maintenance – 26th August 2019

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We are scheduling essential server maintenance on the following date:

  • Monday 26th August 2019 at 11.00 (BST), lasting approximately 3 hours.

During this time there will be no access to the FORUM database for centres or candidates.  Please contact the IWCF head office on +44 (0)1674 678120 if you need urgent assistance during this time.

International Well Control Forum appoints new CEO

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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.”