IWCF Well Control - Level 2

IWCF Certification: Introduction “Combined Surface/Subsea BOP” - Certified IWCF training center

Who should attend?

  • This introductory course is intended to raise participants' awareness on the problems and consequences of a blowout, to enable them also to understand the causes of a kick and the well control methods.
Public :
  • This course is for personnel who have had no training in well control or for young recruits who will be involved in water, geothermal or oil/gas drilling operations.

Level :Awareness

Prerequisite :
  • No pre-requisistes are necessary to follow this course.

Course Content

  • PRESSURES IN THE WELL - Duration : 0.75 Day

      • Hydrostatic pressure, pressure losses, gas law.
      • Circulation with the well open and with the well shut in.
      • Relationships between pressures in the well.

      • Overburden pressure.
      • LOT and FIT.
      • Pore pressure and frac pressure.
  • KICK DETECTION - Duration : 1 Day

      • Impact and consequences of a kick.
      • Causes and signs of a kick, well shut-in methods and shut in pressures.
      • Kick drills, trip sheet, kill sheet.

      • Principles and procedures.
      • Drillers, wait and weight, volumetric methods.
  • WELL CONTROL EQUIPMENT - Duration : 1 Day

      • Barriers’ principle (Norsok standards).
      • BOP stack and BOP control unit.
      • Choke-manifold, mud-gas separator, etc.
      • Function test, pressure test, inflow test.
  • SUBSEA EQUIPMENT - Duration : 0.5 Day

      • Specific equipment of subsea BOP.
      • Problems related to floating rigs.
  • SIMULATOR - Duration : 0.5 Day

      • Layout of the well control equipment used on rig floor.
      • Demonstration: kick while drilling and circulation of this kick.
  • IWCF CERTIFICATION - Duration : 0.5 Day

      • Test on principles and procedures.
      • Test on well control equipment.

Learning Objectives

  • At the end of this training, participants will be able to:
  • understand the impact and consequences of a blowout,
  • identify the causes of a kick,
  • know the equipment to secure the well after a kick,
  • have knowledge of the well control methods,
  • to be certified IWCF Level 2.

Ways & Means

  • Teaching material (PPT, PDF, Word).
  • Exercise book.
  • Simulator demonstration (if available): kick while drilling and circulation of this influx.
  • IWCF certified instructor.

Learning assessment

  • IWCF Level 2 examination tests.


Additional information :The level 2 course is recommended for a first IWCF certification. The validity of Level 2 certificate is 5 years.

Coordinator :Instructor(s) IFP Training (permanent or contracted) with a good expertise and/or experience in this topic, trained in adult teaching methods and maintained in competencies.

To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding. Please contact our disabled persons referent to check the accessibility of this training program :