Level 1

Level 1

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IWCF launched the Level 1 well control awareness course following recommendations in IOGP’s Report 476 after the Macondo tragedy. Level 1 supports our drive to increase the understanding of how well control incidents can occur, their consequences and prevention methods.

Level 1 is the industry’s first free, online course which is a useful tool for anyone new or experienced in the industry, especially students and graduates, personnel involved in well control and those who are simply interested in well control.


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now available in multiple languages

In the past seven years, the Level 1 course has benefited over 100,000 users in 170+ countries. Students and graduates, new industry entrants, personnel in ancillary services, and others, have all used it to grow their knowledge of how well control incidents can occur, their consequences – and how they can be prevented.

IWCF takes great pride in our global community’s diversity and acknowledges the importance of catering to various language needs. In addition to the current English language, the Level 1 course is now available in Modern Standard Arabic and Brazilian Portuguese.

When enrolling in the course, users have the option to select their preferred language for completion. Offering this course in multiple languages gives more users the opportunity to complete the course in their native language, aligning with our mission to improve competency globally.

Please contact level1@iwcf.org if you have any questions.

now available to purchase on Amazon

Our Level 1 Well Control Awareness book is now available to purchase on Amazon.

This comprehensive guide shares the learnings and insights from our highly successful Level 1 programme, offering essential knowledge for safe performance in our ever-evolving industry.

Whether you’re a student, graduate, newcomer, or seasoned professional, this book serves as a valuable resource and reference for well control training.

Don’t miss out—grab your copy and gain a deeper understanding of well control today!


The Level 1 course has 7 modules which cover the following topics:

  • Overview of Oil and Gas
  • Life Cycle of a Well
  • Drilling Rigs
  • Well Control During Drilling Operations
  • Well Intervention and Workover
  • Pressure Control During Well Intervention
  • Conclusion.

At the end of each module there is a knowledge check which candidate must successfully complete before moving on to the final exam. If a pass mark of 70% or more is achieved in the final exam candidates will be able to access their online certificate.

You can find out more about the Level 1 well control awareness course by viewing the video below or by downloading our Level 1 and WOCRM user guide.

Please contact level1@iwcf.org if you have any questions or follow the link in the banner below to register.

Level 1 and WOCRM

Complete our Level 1 and Well Operations Crew Resource Management (WOCRM) awareness courses for free today!