Well Control – Level 4

Well Control – Level 4 (Supervisor)

Description: The objective of this course is to teach well control competency to drilling personnel. 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.

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Who Should Attend

Toolpushers, OIMs, Wellsite Supervisors, Superintendents, and Engineers

Course Length


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, exercises, workshops, tests, simulator practice, PowerPoint, 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 s to these exams.