Thailand Full Accredited IWCF Well Control and IADC WellCAP School
PTTCO Overview of Certification Program Outline/Content
Rotary Drilling Well Control Surface
& Subsea BOP Stack Certification
Content & Syllabus
Well Intervention Pressure Control
Completion, Wireline, Coiled Tubing,
Snubbing, Certification Content &
Syllabus
Candidate Examination Notes
Candidate Examination Notes
   
WellSHARP Fundamental
Curriculum Outline
WellSHARP Supervisory
Curriculum Outline

Lex Lim, Petroleum Engineer for PTTCO: “How does one determine that an individual is competent and
has the required skill and knowledge? After passing a well control examination, does it indicate that an
individual has acquired the required level of competency for his or her assigned jobs?”
What is the difference between IADC & IWCF?

Both IWCF and IADC focuses on training and testing (examination) on well control,
the consensus of regulators around the world is that either provide the required basic foundation of well control training.

For many years industry has recognised the need to train drill crews in well control and several international schemes were
developed the most wide spread being the IADC programme called WellCap (initiated and used in the USA and by many American
companies) and the IWCF assessment and certification programme (initiated in Europe).

Despite some differences, the basic goal for - and the level of training obtained by - the two systems have many similarities.
Both the IWCF and IADC basic well control programmes are sufficient for their primary target group (ie key drill crew personnel)
working on conventional wells where traditional well control methods are sufficient.

IWCF and IADC cover the industry need for a basic well control programme.
IV.        Well control methods:
a.        Barrier theory
b.        Well intervention pressure control
V.        Well interventions
VI.        Well intervention services
VII.        Prevention of formation damage
VIII.        Pressure basics
IX.        Production well kill procedures
X.        Well control equipment
a.        Snubbing operations
b.        Wireline operations
c.        Coiled tubing operations
d.        Subsea well interventions
XI.        Formulae and conversion factors used in well control
XII.        Preventers (annular and ram)
XIII.        Chokes
XIV.        Wireline surface pressure control equipment
XV.        Coiled tubing surface well control equipment
XVI.        Hydraulic workover/snubbing equipment & hazards
XVII.        Equipment-specific requirements
I.        Hydrate formation & prevention
II.        IWCF/IADC Drilling/Workover well  Intervention Well Control Outline/Content
III.        Fundamental principles of rig well control
IV.        Well control methods
V.        Reasons for workovers
VI.        Well intervention services
VII.        Prevention of formation damage
VIII.        Pressure basics
IX.        Production well kill methods
X.        Wireline, coiled tubing, snubbing and completion equipment
XI.        API Guidelines (API RP53 and 6A)
XII.        Formulae and conversion factors used in well control
XIII.        Hydrate formation and prevention
XIV.        Kill sheets
XV.        IWCF/IADC Drilling/Workover well  Intervention Well Control Outline/Content
I.        Gas behaviour, kicks and control
II.        Gas solubility in OBM’s - effects on kick behaviour
III.        Rig equipment summary
IV.        Surface gas handling capacities and procedures for HPHT wells
V.        Drilling and well control procedures for HPHT well control
VI.        programmes, training and communication
VII.        Shut-in procedures and decision trees
VIII.        Bullheading overview
IX.        Volumetric method of well control
X.        Stripping
XI.        The effects of pressures and temperatures on muds
XII.        The effects of borehole ballooning on drilling responses
XIII.        Management of operations
XIV.        Sample HPHT well control procedures (for semi & jack-up)
•        UKOOA and NPD guidelines for HPHT wells

I.        IWCF/IADC Drilling/Workover well  Intervention Well Control Outline/Content
II.        What is stuck pipe? The stuck pipe prevention team
III.        Simple tips to prevent stuck pipe Warning signs of potential sticking
IV.        Teamwork essentials Recovery techniques
V.        Tour handover The Company Man
VI.        The Toolpusher The Driller
VII.        The Mud Engineer The Mud Logger
VIII.        The Cementer The Directional Driller
IX.        The Derrickman & the Shaker Hand The Roughnecks
X.        Hole Cleaning Differential sticking
XI.        Cement Well Control
XII.        Lost circulation Bottom hole assembly design
XIII.        Key Seating Over-pressured formations
XIV.        Fractured or faulted formations Mobile formations
XV.        Reactive formations Unconsolidated formations
subsea mounted BOP’s The practice and theory of well control for surface and subsea BOP operations at Driller level. • Surface BOP certificate course is for surface mounted BOP’s only • Combined BOP certificate course covers both surface and subsea mounted BOP’s

Driller level. Designed to enhance understanding of the fundamentals of well
control that can be applied to most well control operations, and to prepare
candidates for IWCF testing.
The practice and theory of well control for surface and subsea
BOP operations at Driller level
• IWCF well control standards
SURFACE AND COMBINED
Prior to attending, delegates shall indicate which type of BOP certificate course
(i.e. “Surface” or “Combined”) is required:
• Surface BOP certificate course is for surface mounted BOP’s only
• Combined BOP certificate course covers both surface and
subsea mounted BOP’s
The practice and theory of well control for surface and subsea BOP
operations at Supervisor level
• IWCF well control standards
Refresher training to update delegates on well control for surface and subsea
installations at Supervisor or Driller level, and to prepare candidates for IWCF
testing.
• Revising, reviewing and updating well control practices and
equipment knowledge
• Well control methods and procedures on a drilling simulator
• IWCF well control standards
Revision and preparation for IWCF Well Control certification at Driller or
Supervisor level. Revising and preparing for IWCF certification
XVI.        IWCF/IADC Drilling/Workover well  Intervention Well Control Outline/Content
XVII.        • Basic rig mathematics
XVIII.        • Capacities & volumes
XIX.        • Hydrostatic pressures in fluid columns
XX.        • Bahaviour of gases and liquids
XXI.        • Well pressures and MAASP
XXII.        • Kick handling calculations
XXIII.        • Derrick & drilling line calculations
XXIV.        • Drilling fluid calculations
XXV.        • Drillstring calculations


IWCF ROTARY DRILLING WELL CONTROL

Testing Methodology
The Certification Standards are based on a detailed analysis of the well control knowledge that Drillers
and Supervisors require, and the practical tasks that they have to master, in order to perform their jobs.
The standards have been devised so that the measurement of their skills and knowledge can be
assessed systematically. The method of assessing the performance of an individual, at both Driller and
Supervisor level, is divided into the following sections:

• A simulated practical exercise to assess practical skills
• Written test papers on Equipment and Completion Operations to assess knowledge based skills.

The certification programme comprises separate levels of tests for Drillers and Supervisors in either
Surface Stack operations or Combined Surface/Subsea Stack operations. Only one level of testing is
carried out at each session. To obtain a certificate, the candidate must achieve a minimum grade of 70%
in each of the three sections of the programme.

Practical Assessment
Each candidate is required to demonstrate his or her practical knowledge during a single well kill
assessment exercise conducted on either an electronic simulator or a pressurised training well. For
Combined Surface/Subsea candidates the simulation must utilise a Subsea well model and BOP panel.

Equipment Knowledge
The candidate is required to complete a written test paper that includes questions based on equipment
diagrams and schematics, API specifications and multiple-choice problems.

Completion Operations Knowledge
The candidate is required to complete a written test paper comprising multiple choice and direct answer
questions.


IWCF WELL INTERVENTION PRESSURE CONTROL


Well Intervention Operations: Such operations may involve co-operation between several
companies, working in wells where the conditions are only partly known and where work-
programmes may have to be developed as information becomes available during the
operations. The well control considerations, and consequently the well control training needed,
will have to be aligned with the specific conditions for the operations.


Testing Methodology
The Certification Standards are based on a detailed analysis of the pressure control knowledge required
by service equipment operators and supervisory personnel in order to perform their jobs. The standards
have been devised so that the measurement of their knowledge can be assessed systematically.
The method of assessing the knowledge of an individual is by written examination. The following
certification options are provided: -

• Coiled Tubing Operations.
• Wireline Operations.
• Snubbing Operations.

Candidates may combine two or more of the above options in a Combined Operations certification
programme. To obtain a combined certificate candidates must pass each of the operations test papers
that they sit.

The certification programme comprises separate levels of tests for Service Equipment Operators
(Level.3) and Well Intervention Supervisors (Level.4).

Equipment Knowledge
Candidates for each of the options must complete a compulsory paper on Completion Equipment
followed by specific Equipment paper(s) on their relevant discipline(s). The papers include questions
based on equipment diagrams, schematics, specifications, and application practices.

Completion Operations Knowledge
Candidates are required to complete a written test paper comprising multiple choice, well calculations,
and direct answer questions.