The aim of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the features of drilling a well and the fundamental principles involved in maintaining well control.

Please visit the IWCF website for information on the full course syllabus.

Designed For

The Level 2 (Introductory) course is designed for candidates currently working in roles which may directly contribute to the creation, detection or control of a well influx. Level 2 Drilling Well Control training and certification is recommended for those working in roles such as Roughneck, Derrickman, Barge Engineer, BOP/Subsea Engineer, Mud Logger or Wellsite Drilling Data Engineer, and many others. To view the full list of recommended job titles, please refer to the IWCF website: www.iwcf.org/programmes

Please note: IWCF training levels 2 to 4 are designed to be sequential and first-time candidates are expected to complete Level 2 before progressing to Level 3 or 4. However, the training levels are also designed to be role-specific and dependent on the candidate’s work experience. For guidance and advice on which level of training you are eligible for, please get in touch.

Entry Requirements

The candidate must be pre-registered with IWCF and able to provide his/her 6-digit IWCF Candidate Registration (CR) Number. Prior certification is not required but previous direct or indirect involvement in drilling operations is assumed. Please get in touch with us to discuss candidate suitability if you have any doubts or queries.

What is an IWCF CR Number? Click here to find out.

Course Delivery

The course is delivered through presentation of a series of interactive lectures supported by videos and animations, supplemented by a classroom workbook and further self-study exercises. The course is delivered over 4 days and includes IWCF written assessments on the final day.


Candidates may select either “Combined” (Surface & Subsea) or “Surface Only” BOP Stack certification. Successful completion of the course and a pass mark of 70% or above in all IWCF written assessments will result in IWCF Level 2 certification which is valid for five years.

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    Name File Type
    Essential Guide to Well Control PDF, 8.49 MB
    Glossary of Oilfield Terms PDF, 1.64 MB
    ADS Formula Sheet - API Units PDF, 291.56 KB
    Shutting in the Well MP4, 29.05 MB
    Rig Circulating System Animation MP4, 7.77 MB
    Licence to Operate Video MP4, 21.93 MB
    Human Factors - Awareness & Engagement Video MP4, 21.67 MB