Well Control training for drilling personnel is often limited to bi-annual Well Control certification courses. Whilst these classroom-based courses give personnel a solid grounding in the fundamentals of well control principles and test these on a simulator, they only expose the trainees to the minimum-required level of well control scenarios and downhole conditions.

Realistically, the wells drilled by most crews are far more challenging than those covered in a standard well control course. Wells are often inclined, drilled with oil-based drilling fluids, or are affected by a number of more subtle external conditions. Crews whose only training has been in standard well control courses may lack confidence when encountering more complex conditions.

Attendees on Aberdeen Drilling School’s Advanced Well Control course will be confronted by realistic well control scenarios played out on a drilling simulator with an experienced instructor, who will ask them to take decisions on the best methods of dealing with each situation.  Team decisions are encouraged and the team may find that they have to think more creatively to understand what caused the conditions and to decide the best methods to return themselves to pre-planned operational conditions.

Designed For

This highly interactive practical course is designed for experienced operations personnel to enhance their understanding of how to deal with a variety of well control conditions in a challenging but safe environment.  The course aims to advance the well control knowledge and understanding of drilling superintendents, drilling supervisors, drillers and other drill crew members looking to upskill their well control knowledge and increase operational competency levels.

Entry Requirements

Attendees will be expected to have a current Driller or Supervisor certificate from an international accreditation body.

Candidate suitability and assumed base knowledge will be discussed and agreed with the Client in the early stages of course development.

Course Delivery

This 4-day course is delivered over four days, and will be based on case studies of real life well control incidents, backed up by advanced well control scenarios and exercises simulated on a full-size rig-floor simulator.


Successful completion of the course will result in an Aberdeen Drilling School certificate which is valid for 2 years.

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