Well Control – Level 3

Well Control – Level 3 (Driller)

Description: The objective of this 5-day course is to teach Well Control competency to drillers and others requiring a Level 3 certification. The second objective is to prepare participants for the IADC WellSharp Well Control exams. Certification is offered for Surface or Combined Surface and Subsea. BOP equipment, kick detection, shut-in procedures, kill sheets, and methods of well control are taught. The simulator work in the course focuses on detecting kicks, and closing in the well, and handling an assortment of simulated problems.

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Who Should Attend

Toolpushers, OIMs, Wellsite Supervisors, Superintendents, and Engineers

Course Length



Required every 2 years

Course Content

  • U-Tube
  • Shoe Pressure Case Study
  • API Rules
  • Kill Sheets
  • Simulator Workshops
  • Well Control Principles
  • Limitations to Control Capability
  • Salt Water Flows
  • Mud Considerations
  • Well Control Drills
  • Shallow Gas
  • Diverting
  • Causes of Abnormal Pressure
  • Transition Zone Indicators
  • Well Control Problems & Solutions
  • BOPE & Accumulator Considerations
  • Subsea Well Control Considerations
  • Tripping Practices Related to Well Control


Lecture, exercise, workshops, tests, simulator practice, PowerPoint presentations and discussion.

Practice 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. Click here for access to these exams.