IWCF (Virtual) Drilling Well Control L2 (Theory only)

This introductory course provides the drilling personnel with basic understanding of well control. Progressing junior staff get a solid background and knowledge of why well control is essential, how well control is maintained, what the indicators are that well control might be lost, and how to regain the control once it has been lost.


The content follow the syllabus issued from IWCF.

  • General well control principles
  • Risk assessment
  • Hydrostatic pressure
  • Formation pressures
  • Primary & secondary well control
  • Well control equipment
  • Subsea and surface equipment
  • Well barrier concept
  • Kick causes
  • Kick detection
  • Influx characteristics and behavior
  • Well control methods
  • Inflow testing

To be able to:

  • Understand the negative consequences associated with loss of well control
  • Understand the need for detection
  • Recognize the warning signs of abnormal pressure
  • Know the actions that should be taken when kick indicators are present
  • Be familiar with the functions of the bop equipment
  • Be able to select well control method to regain control
  • Be able to fill in a IWCF surface and/or subsea kill sheet
  • Be able to calculate kill mud weight, initial circulation pressure and final circulation pressure
  • Correctly obtain shut in pressures in the well
  • Understand the barrier concept
  • Know the impact pumping cement could have on well control
  • Obtain sufficient knowledge to pass a written IWCF test with minimum 70% score