Well Control Level 2 - Training for Well Control Certification

Locations Offered

Vernon College (Wichita Falls)   → Register now!

Course Fees

  • $1200.00 per student for IADC WellSharp certification
  • $1500.00 per student for IWCF certification
Back to Top


The objective of this three-day course is to lay a solid foundation in well control. The U-Tube concept, gas laws, basic math skills, pressure basics, kick detection, kill sheet, drilling fluids, BOP equipment, shut-in procedures, and basic methods of well control are all covered. Candidates can sign up for either IWCF or IADC WellSharp certification.  

How We Teach the Course

In addition to lecture with whiteboard & PowerPoint, we use discussion, exercises, workshops & homework to reinforce the subjects taught.

Well control certification testing for both IADC and IWCF is done on laptops, online. If you'd like to get a feel for IADC online testing, click here. IWCF also provides registered candidates an opportunity to practice on a "Mock Assessment".
Back to Top

Topics Covered

  • Risk Management
    • Management of Change
    • Why Well Control
    • Purpose of Well Plan
  • Drilling Overview
    • Type of Rigs and Stacks
  • Basic Concepts
    • Hydrostatic Pressure
    • Friction Pressure
    • Bottom Hole Pressure
    • U-Tube Principle
    • Gas Behavior
  • Formation Pressures
    • Normal, Abnormal, and Subnormal Pressure
    • Causes of Kicks
    • Permeability & Porosity
    • Transition Zone Indicators
  • Kick Detection
    • Kick Indicators
  • Types of Kicks
  • Shut-In Methods
    • Hard and Soft Shut-Ins
    • Surface and Subsea
  • Well Control Methods
    • Driller's Method
    • Wait & Weight Method
    • Volumetric Method
  • Rig Circulating System
    • Pit Management
  • Well Kill Plan
    • Role & Responsibilities of Crew Members
  • Kill Sheet (Surface & Subsea)
  • Leak-Off Tests & Formation Integrity Test Considerations
  • Limitations to Control Capability
  • Kick Size & Kick Tolerance
  • Barriers
  • Testing of Barriers
  • Well Control Drills
  • Casing & Cementing
  • Shallow Gas & Diverting
  • Subsea Considerations
  • BOP Design Considerations
  • BOP Equipment
    • Surface
    • Subsea
  • Drill String Basics
  • Drilling Fluids
    • Mud Gradients & Density
    • Fluids & Solids Equipment
    • Fluids & Solids Management
  • Introduction to Workover & Completion
    • Types of Completions
    • Completion Fluids
    • Completion Equipment
    • Well Control for Completion and Workover Operations
  • Review
  • Certification Testing
Back to Top

Cancellation Policy

We request that all cancellations be made at least one week before the class start date. You may reschedule this class without any penalty. However, a $250 fee will be charged for cancellations received less than one week before a class begins and for no-shows. Cancellation penalties and any fees incurred by Well Academy Murchison will be deducted from refunds.
Back to Top

Important IWCF Information

  1. We currently only offer IWCF certification at our Houston Training Center.
  2. We are required to order IWCF tests ten days before the test date. Therefore, IWCF candidates must enroll no later than one week before the first day of class.
  3. IWCF Candidates must register for an account on IWCF FORUM. Once registered and approved by the IWCF, a candidate ID number will be issued. IWCF candidates will need their candidate ID before registering for a well control class.
    Click here for information on registering at IWCF FORUM and for the Candidate User Guide.
  4. IWCF is providing a "Mock Assessment" for registered candidates. You can practice with IWCF's online testing.
    Click here for more info.
  5. IWCF has made significant changes to the Equipment assessment. Read Bill's article about these changes.
Back to Top