Well Intervention Pressure Control

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

This programme is for people who are in critical well control positions during well intervention operations. Candidates will complete an accredited training course, taught according to IWCF syllabus, to prepare for their assessment.

Different levels of training are available and are valid for the following lengths of time:

  • Level 2 training – If passed, the certificate is valid for 5 years.
  • Level 3 and 4 training – If passed, the certificate is valid for 2 years.

The learning element of  a Level 2 course can be completed online, however the assessment must be completed at an accredited training centre. For Level 3 and 4 courses, both the learning and assessment elements must be completed at an accredited training centre.

Our Well Intervention Pressure Control (WIPC) Subsea module was created to enhance the existing WIPC syllabus. Although this module is primarily aimed at Level 4 candidates, it is also available for Level 3 candidates who have experience of Subsea well intervention operations. Click here for more information on the Subsea module.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Three different levels of Well Intervention Pressure Control training are available for different roles within the industry:

  • Level 2 – Drilling and Wells Personnel Basic Training
  • Level 3 – Available for any role expected to shut in a well (equivalent to previous Level 1)
  • Level 4 – Well Site Supervisor Training (equivalent to previous Level 2)

The standard of certification in this programme is based on the pressure control knowledge required to work as service equipment operators and supervisory personnel. These standards have been created so that candidate’s knowledge can be assessed systematically.

The following certification options are available and are made up of compulsory and optional components:

  • Completion Operations (compulsory)
  • Completion Equipment (compulsory)
  • Coiled Tubing Operations (optional)
  • Wireline Operations (optional)
  • Snubbing Operations (optional).

Candidates must attempt both compulsory components and one or more optional components in a combined certification programme. To achieve a combined certificate, candidates must pass all components they have been nominated for.

Content Includes:

  • Equipment
  • Completion
  • Wireline
  • Coiled tubing
  • Snubbing.

Principles and Procedures:

  • Barrier principles
  • Well information
  • Shut-in procedures
  • Pressure control methods
  • Problems
  • Pressure control management.

Download the current Well Intervention level 2 syllabus here.

Download the current Well Intervention level 3 and 4 syllabus here.

From July 2019 all centres will be required to teach from the new syllabus. Download the new Well Intervention level 2 syllabus here.

From July 2019 all centres will be required to teach from the new syllabus. Download the new Well Intervention level 3 and 4 syllabus here.

WELL INTERVENTION PRESSURE CONTROL ASSESSMENTS

This programme is made up of separate sets of assessments for the different course levels. Candidates are required to complete two compulsory components and one or more optional components which is made up of multiple choice questions, well calculations and direct answer questions. To obtain a certificate, candidates must achieve a minimum mark of 70% in each component that they have been nominated for.

Invigilators conduct the assessments at centres which have been approved and accredited for the certification programme.

Following a review of candidate feedback and online reporting, on the 1st December 2018 we implemented a short term solution to give candidate more time to complete their assessments. This will continue to be reviewed, however our current assessment durations are:

Level 2:

  • Completion Equipment (compulsory): 35 minutes
  • Completion Operations (compulsory): 1 hr 10 minutes
  • Wireline Operations (optional): 35 minutes
  • Coiled Tubing Operations (optional): 35 minutes
  • Snubbing Operations (optional): 35 minutes.

Level 3:

  • Completion Equipment (compulsory): 35 minutes
  • Completion Operations (compulsory): 1 hr 10 minutes
  • Wireline Operations (optional): 35 minutes
  • Coiled Tubing Operations (optional): 35 minutes
  • Snubbing Operations (optional): 35 minutes.

Level 4:

  • Completion Equipment (compulsory): 35 minutes
  • Completion Operations (compulsory): 1 hr 45 minutes
  • Wireline Operations (optional): 35 minutes
  • Coiled Tubing Operations (optional): 35 minutes
  • Snubbing Operations (optional): 35 minutes.