Enhancing operational integrity by ensuring a competent workforce

For more than 75 years, IADC’s accreditation programs have helped guide companies in their efforts to ensure comprehensiveness of training content and adherence to industry standards.

Accredited providers are held to high quality standards to ensure that drilling industry personnel are properly equipped to perform their jobs safety and competently.

Programs are developed and maintained by IADC members working through our technical committees.

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Don’t Miss the Upcoming Virtual Panel Discussion!

sponsored-lsc-logo“Examining Gateway, IADC’s Training Program For New Employees”

Air Date: 27 June, 2017 @ 10.00 CDT

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The drilling industry faces a unique challenge today when it comes to recruiting the right people for the right roles, just as the industry is beginning to recover. Demand for workers with a higher level of technical skills is increasing, just as an entire generation of veteran employees retires. The modern drilling workforce must train to fill these roles, as well as to develop the next generation of operations and technology.

IADC’s Gateway program brings together industry and educational institutions to strengthen industry’s ability not only to find new employees, but to ensure that those people are prepared for life on a rig, can contribute to the safety culture, and will achieve competence quickly.

This virtual panel discussion is hosted by

The pre-recorded event will feature seasoned drilling-industry learning-and-development professionals.


  • Pamela Wakefield, Director of Training, Patterson-UTI
  • Linda Head, Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce Education and Corporate Sponsorship, Lone Star College
  • Brooke Polk, Director – Program Development & Technology, IADC
  • Mike Killalea, Group VP/Publisher, IADC & (moderator)


Pamela Wakefield

Linda Head

Brooke Polk

Mike Killalea


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IADC Accredited Programs


IADC members share the belief that well control is the most critical area for safe and successful operations. The new WellSharp program offers a reliable and trustworthy set of training standards for the drilling industry.




Provides building blocks for a well control culture through every level of an organization. WellCAP offers curriculum guidelines for a full array of drilling and workover activities. Accredited training providers must meet criteria for training materials, facilities, instructor qualifications, simulation exercises, test administration, and course management.


img-wellcap-plus-logo-lg-150x150aWellCAP Plus®

An advanced well control training program that targets more experienced operations personnel. This program encourages participation among multiple levels of decision makers (e.g., drilling superintendents, operations engineers, rig superintendents, and rig managers), and utilizes a facilitated learning approach to improve critical team decision-making and problem-solving skills.



Accredits Health, Safety, & Environmental (HSE) and Underbalanced Operations (UBO) orientation programs. The HSE RigPass curriculum embraces safety fundamentals relevant to new rig employees. UBO RigPass familiarizes rig crews with the procedures, fluids, and equipment associated with this emerging technology.


img-dit-logo-lg-150x150aDrilling Industry Training Accreditation System

Accredits training providers in the delivery of custom-designed courses. IADC strives to assure that similar courses meet the same industry-defined standards for course design, delivery, and quality control.  Note:  IADC does not accredit course content.



img-gateway-logo-lg-150x150aGateway™ Program

A new program intended to help companies connect with colleges and training providers to attract, hire, train, and promote onshore and offshore O&G  workers worldwide. The first training track under the Gateway™ umbrella is the Introduction to Oil and Gas track, through which colleges and other organizations recruit and screen potential candidates for entry-level rig positions and then prepare them for employment in the O&G industry.


img-caa-logo-lg-150x150aCompetence Assurance

Designed to assure that in-house competence programs meet accepted practices for developing and ensuring the skills of personnel. Companies accredited must demonstrate a commitment to having a competent work force through processes for defining competencies for each position and assessing and maintaining employee knowledge and proficiency. Consistent program oversight and quality control must be maintained.


img-bcst-logo-lg-150x150aBallast Control and Stability (BCS) – SUSPENDED

Accredits providers of Marine Stability training. The BCS program is operated in conjunction with the Nautical Institute, based in London. The Ballast Control/Stability system establishes training guidelines based on International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements. The program fulfills international flag state training requirements for Ballast Control Operator, Barge Supervisor, and Offshore Installation Manager licenses. Following coursework, individuals can obtain IADC BCO Credentialing after documenting sea time service and task proficiency.

DNV Certified Quality Management System LogoIADC has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) certification for “The Development of Drilling Industry Training Standards and the Accreditation of Training Providers.”  IADC’s QMS system is registered with Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a company long recognized by the drilling industry as having a reputation for thoroughness, quality, and credibility.