Educating, Training, & Assessing the Drilling Industry

Drawing on 70 years of experience in the industry, IADC operates specially designed accreditation programs that are recognized throughout the world. These programs have been developed to ensure that contents of critical training programs adhere to recognized industry standards:


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-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)

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.