Well Control Group
IWCF & IADC Certified Well Control School

IWCF Well Intervention - Level 3

Well Control for Wireline, Coiled Tubing, and Snubbing Operators


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 course is essential training for those currently working in a role that is expected to shut-in a well during live well intervention work. The course aims to reinforce and improve the candidate’s existing knowledge and appreciation of the various stages of shutting-in a well based on given rig-ups; from identifying current and alternative barriers, to monitoring pressure once the well is shut in. The course will also focus extensive on detecting  warning signs and equipment failures from the operator's point of view. 

Please visit the IWCF website for 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 (Operator) course is designed for anyone expected to shut-in a well in case of unintended or unexpected flow, such as wireline, coiled tubing, or snubbing operators and other well servicing personnel.

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 course is delivered through presentation of a series of lectures and in class exercises, supplemented by further self-study exercises. The course is delivered over 4 days and includes IWCF written assessments on the final day.


The following certification options are provided and are made up of compulsory and optional components:

Completion Operations (compulsory)
Completion Equipment (compulsory)

Coiled Tubing Operations (optional)
Wireline Operations (optional)
Snubbing Operations (optional)

Candidates must attempt both compulsory components and one or more optional component in a combined certification programme. However, to obtain a combined certificate, candidates must pass each component with a pass mark of 70% or above. Doing so will result in the IWCF Level 3 certification which is valid for two years.