COVID-19 Update – Virtual Assessments
With on-going COVID-19 restrictions being imposed in many parts of the world, we have continued to follow regional advice and work closely with our members to offer support and guidance during these unprecedented times.
Globally, candidates have been impacted by travel restrictions and strict quarantine rules, with many being unable to attend accredited training centres to complete assessments. We understand many crews are adapting to changing work patterns, with less time at home to complete training.
We will continue to support our key stakeholders by implementing adaptive solutions for well control training and assessment, whilst maintaining our integrity and high standards expected by our members, in line with our mission.
In April virtual training was introduced and has since been successfully implemented across 226 primary and associate centres globally, providing an alternative short-term solution to training centres and candidates who could not attend face to face training.
Due to the on-going restrictions and travel disruption, there is a population of candidates who have been unable to attend a training centre to complete their theory and practical assessments.
In line with our mission to ensure competency throughout this pandemic, IWCF will be offering both theoretical and practical virtual assessments from October 2020. This will be offered on a short-term basis as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be continually monitored by IWCF.
This solution is only for candidates who are unable to attend face to face training and assessments.
To be eligible to complete virtual assessments, the following criteria must be met.
- The candidate must have successfully completed well control training previously.
- The candidate must be enrolled onto a Drilling Well Control or Well Intervention Pressure Control course at level 2, 3 or 4.
- The candidate must complete a virtual training course before taking virtual assessments.
The following exception will be allowed if points 1 and 2 are met:
Candidates will be able to sit a virtual assessment if they have completed their face to face training course but are then impacted by COVID-19 restrictions that prevent them from attending the assessment at a training centre. This also applies to candidates that are returning to do a re-sit.
Our virtual training providers page on our website will be updated with centres details of those who become accredited to run virtual assessments.
Please contact us if you have any questions.