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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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.


IADC 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.