DeepWater Drilling & Completion Certification


Who should attend?

  • This course provides in-depth technical knowledge of deepwater drilling including the practical understanding of offshore drilling techniques, operations, equipment and well control procedures.
Public :
  • Operator: drilling managers, engineers, supervisors.
  • Contractor: rig managers, tool pushers and drillers.

Level : Advanced

Course Content


      • Bridging document and drilling contractor safety management system.
      • Rig P&ID’s, hazardous area plans, station bills, fire/lifesaving plan, class/flag status reports…
      • Rig critical equipment that have an impact on the safety, rig operation and the environment.
      • Update of maintenance system history and stock level of critical spare parts.
      • Standards used in the drilling industry (e.g. API) and their implications for drilling equipment (i.e. annual 3rd party inspections and audits…).
      • Rig acceptance documentation and Well Control Equipment Certification (i.e. CoC’s).

      • Deepwater Metocean environments.
      • Type of MODU’s rigs (moored vs dynamically positioned rigs).
      • Nautical basics.
      • Navigation and station keeping.
      • Stability and ballast control.

      • Deepwater geology and geoscience.
      • Deepwater pressure management.
      • Key and essential differences of deepwater.
      • Deepwater well planning and design.
      • Operating: key aspects of deepwater planning and project implementation.
      • Technology application:
      • Compensation and tension systems in deepwater.
      • Drilling riser string, subsea bop stack, associated operating equipment and specific optional equipment (i.e. riser gas handler, bop pressure intensifiers).
      • Subsea wellheads.
      • Subsea cementing jobs.
      • Hydrates.
      • Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) and Dual Gradient Drilling (DGD).
      • HPHT.
      • Operating limitations including positioning alerts (i.e. green, green advisory, yellow and red), emergency disconnections, "wait on weather" situations and simultaneous operations (SIMOPS).

      • Pressure analysis and kick control.
      • Subsea well control.
      • Particular cases: incidents during circulation, shallow gas, volumetric method, maasp, deviated well, kick during running of casing or during cement jobs, unshearable periods.
      • Subsea well control equipment: diverter, riser string, LMRP & BOP stack, BOP HPU, MGS, choke manifold and associated lines.

      • Deepwater case.
      • Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD).

      • Functions to be carried out and corresponding equipment:
      • Production string(s) configurations (conventional or tubing less, single or multi-zones).
      • Subsea completion and workover risers.
      • Subsea BOP.
      • Production wellhead: tubing head spool and Christmas tree (components, design).
      • Subsea X-mass trees.
      • Subsurface safety valve (subsurface controlled, surface controlled).
      • Tubing and connections (main characteristics, criteria of choice).
      • Packers and accessories (drillable or permanent, retrievable).
      • Bottom-hole devices (landing nipples, circulating devices…).
      • Tubing string design (fundamentals of tubing movement and forces):
      • Point to be verified.
      • Packer permitting free motion (tubing movement, tension on the tubing hanger).
      • Packer permitting no motion (packer to tubing force, tension on the tubing hanger).
      • Subsea completion present trends.

      • HSE and waste management.
      • Deepwater well architecture and its associated barriers related to geological hazards.
      • Well profile, anti-collision study and casing design.
      • Chronology of operations, BOP and well control procedures, drilling sequence review.
      • Fluids and cementing design.
      • Bit program, BHA strategy, surveying program and logging.
      • Drilling equipment specifications for deepwater vessel selection and “fitness for purpose”.
      • Well testing and completion.
      • Well intervention and stimulation.
      • Well suspension and abandonment.
      • Authorization For Expenditure (AFE) guidelines for time and budget estimations.
      • Presentation to a jury.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of this course, the participants will:
  • get all required theoretical and practical knowledge about deepwater drilling,
  • know about equipment specific to offshore and deepwater drilling and completion operations,
  • understand the process of a subsea development.

Ways & Means

  • Highly interactive training with industry specialist lecturers.
  • Videos, animations and exercises.
  • Application to a real case (project) for the participants in the “Deepwater Drilling & Completion” certification training course.
  • Several simulation exercises using the drilling simulators.
  • Knowledge assessment on regular basis.


  • An international recognition of your competencies.
  • A Advanced Certificate is delivered.
  • An expertise confirmed in DeepWater Drilling & Completion .
  • Ready-to-use skills.
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