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Well Control - Level 4

Locations Offered

Houston Training Center

Permian Training Center

Colorado Training Center

Vernon College, Wichita Falls

Trinidad Training Center

Other Course Information

Certification Offered

Daily Course Schedule

MDS Objective

The objective of this course is to teach well control competency to toolpushers, OIMs, wellsite supervisors, superintendents, and engineers. A secondary objective is to prepare participants for either the IWCF or IADC WellSharp well control certification exams. Certification can be taken for Surface or Combined Surface and Subsea. BOP equipment, drilling fluids, barrier management, kick detection, shut-in procedures, kill sheets, various methods of well control, and organizing a well control operation are all taught in this course. A thorough understanding of how well control problems develop, how they should be solved, and how to prevent them are discussed. There is an extensive amount of simulator work in the course with an assortment of simulated problems.


Lecture, exercises, workshops, tests, PowerPoint slides and discussion.

Important Notes

Both IADC and IWCF have moved to online testing for well control certification. It is still possible to do the IWCF tests on paper. Our default at Murchison Drilling Schools is online testing. If you would like to take your IWCF tests on paper:
  1. You must let us know at least ten business days before the test date.
  2. There will be an additional $500 fee to cover the expenses associated with paper testing.

Changes to IWCF Tests
Click here to read Bill's short article about how the IWCF Equipment tests have changed.

Practice IADC Online Exam!

IADC is now making available an online WellSharp Practice Exam to help those trainees who have test anxiety and want to become more familiar with the process of taking an online WellSharp exam. Four exams are currently available: Driller-Surface Stack, Driller-Combination Stack, Supervisor-Surface Stack, and Supervisor-Combination Stack. For access to these exams, go to the following website.


IWCF candidates need to register for an account on 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 more information on FORUM and for the Candidate User Guide.

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