Well Control Group
IWCF & IADC Certified Well Control School

IWCF Drilling Program - Level 3

Well Control for Drillers on Land or Offshore Rigs


IWCF Candidate Registration (CR) Number.
Prior certification at introductory level or above.

*If a candidate does not yet have an IWCF CR Number, they must register their details online in order to generate their unique 6-digit CR Number: https://www.iwcf-forum.org/newcandidate

Please be advised that if a candidate is from or is currently living/working in an embargoed or sanctioned country according to EU regulations, IWCF must be informed in advance and additional information may be required in order to proceed with a training application.


The IWCF Level 3 Drilling Well Control course is essential training for those currently working in a role that is expected to shut-in a well. The course aims to reinforce and improve the candidate’s existing knowledge and appreciation of the various stages of shutting-in a well; from kick detection to shutting in the well, to monitoring once the well is shut in and monitoring the well-kill operation.

Please visit the IWCF website for more information about the program and the full course syllabus.


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. 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.

Designed For

The Level 3 (Driller) course is designed for anyone expected to shut-in a well in case of unintended or unexpected flow, such as drillers and assistant drillers.

To view the full list of recommended job titles, please refer to the IWCF website:  www.iwcf.org/programmes

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 5-day course is delivered through presentation of a series of interactive lectures supported by videos and animations, group discussion, and drilling simulation exercises, supplemented by a classroom workbook and further self-study exercises. Level 3 training may be partly combined with Level 4 training for common modules and during simulator-based training with each candidate assuming their respective role as per normal drilling operations.  


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 and simulator assessments will result in the IWCF Level 3 certification which is valid for two years.