Engineering and Approving Authority

Engineering and Approving Authority

IWCF invite enquiries and concepts to be submitted for the well control Engineering and Approving Authority (previously known as Level 5) programme.

IWCF will not be issuing a detailed syllabus for this level of training, and instead are encouraging industry stakeholders to collaborate with training providers to develop and deliver detailed course content suitable and relevant to well engineers which as a minimum meets the requirements of IOGP 476 August 2016 revision.

Click here to download the programme Guidance document (v1 – 2017). For further guidance or to request the application forms please contact


The Engineering and Approving Authority programme is aimed at experienced and knowledgeable candidates who play a critical role in well design and the approval of well designs. The programme must recognise the impact that design, planning and programming of well operations can have on well integrity assurance throughout the life cycle of the well.

Key engineering and technical authority positions in drilling or well intervention operations who already hold a Level 4 certification are strongly encouraged to attend this training programme.

The course should contain information and updates on recent loss of well control and well integrity events with particular focus on what new knowledge has been gained.


This course must be a minimum of 32 hours duration including classroom training, practical simulation exercises and case studies but excluding the written assessment.

As per IOGP 476 recommendations, the course should be a one discipline specific training course for well operations i.e. drilling and well intervention disciplines are encouraged to actively participate together in a single Engineering and Approving Authority training programme.

IWCF recommends that Engineering and Approving Authority level candidates attend suitable repeat training and assessment every 5 years as a means of demonstrating continual well integrity assurance in well design and operations.