Well Control Group
IWCF & IADC Certified Well Control School

IADC WellSharp Drilling Program - Introductory

Introduction to Well Control for Drilling Rigs


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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 IADC website or information about the program.


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 questions.

Designed For

The Introductory course is designed for candidates currently working in roles which may directly contribute to the creation, detection or control of a well influx. This 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.

Course Delivery

Courses are offered every week in both Western and Eastern Canada and begin the Monday of each week. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a customized schedule.

The course is delivered through presentation of a series of lectures and in class exercises, supplemented by further self-study exercises. Where available, candidates are also introduced to drilling simulation with the use of a range of simulators which allows candidates put the well control theory into practice.

We recommend that the course is delivered over no less than 2.5 days.The minimum duration of this course is 16 hours followed by a 1-hour on-line assessment administered by IADC.  Laptops will be supplied for examination.


Candidates may select either "Surface & Subsea" or “Surface Only” BOP Stack certification. Successful completion of the course and a pass mark of 70% or above on the written assessment will result in IADC WellSharp certification which is valid for five years.