Our objective is to teach drilling practices and problems from spud to completion for all levels from assistant driller to drilling manager. The course is taught by hole-intervals starting with top-hole problems related to big-hole and normal pressure. After an appropriate casing string has been set, drilling continues into the abnormal pressure zone and heavy mud practices and problems are discussed. Well control is introduced as one of the drilling problems and taught by hole-interval, with training enhanced by hands-on simulator practice. Associated problems such as lost circulation and stuck pipe are discussed along with well control. Both IADC and IWCF Level 4 Well Control certifications are offered. Students must select which certification they desire when enrolling in the course. Individual student evaluation reports are written at the end of the session and these, along with the extensive workshops and exercises required, enable the instructor to assess the student’s operational or technical strengths or weaknesses.