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IADC WellCAP Program

The WellCAP program is based on the principle that proper training, emphasizing the knowledge and practical skills critical to successful well control, produces competent rig crews. Using quality benchmarks developed together with operators, drilling contractors, professional trainers and well control specialists, WellCAP ensures that well control training schools adhere to a core curriculum developed by industry. Accreditation is achieved only after an extensive review of a provider’s curriculum, testing practices, faculty, facilities, and administrative procedures.

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ABOUT THE COURSE

Constantly adapting to industry needs, WellCAP offers the building blocks for a comprehensive well control culture throughout the organization. At the Introductory Level, WellCAP provides basic well control knowledge for floorhands, derrick workers and non-technical personnel. The Fundamental and Supervisory Levels address practical well control skills for derrick workers, assistant drillers, drillers, toolpushers, superintendents and drilling foremen.

IADC’s elite WellCAP Plus offers a completely new approach to well control instruction, addressing team problem-solving and decision making skills for experienced management and operations personnel.

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WellCAP/WellCAP Plus Certified Facilitator Course

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WellCAP Program Benefits
  • Operators and drilling contractors can be confident that their rig crews have undergone suitable instruction, resulting in an internationally recognized training certificate. They are also able to reduce costs previously caused by duplicate training and have access to training documentation and records.
  • Governments and regulatory bodies benefit from measurable standards, the establishment of core curriculum and job skill guidelines, and an industry-administered program of self regulation.
    The training provider obtains recognition by meeting industry-developed benchmark standards for quality and training
  • The training provider obtains recognition by meeting industry-developed benchmark standards for quality and training
  • The industry overall has access to continuously-updated curriculum guidelines for a variety of rig operations. Curriculum has been developed for drilling, workover and completion, well servicing, coiled tubing, snubbing, wireline operations and underbalanced operations

WellCAP requires adherence to a core curriculum as well as both written and simulator testing.

WellCAP has been adopted by the Offshore Operators Committee (OOC) in the United States to comply with Subpart O well control training regulated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

WellCAP has achieved worldwide-acceptance in the governments of Norway, UK, Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, India, Australia, Japan, China.

WellCAP has also been adopted as the world-class internal training standard for:

National Oil Companies

  • Petrobras
  • Saudi Aramco

Drilling Contractors

  • Arabian Drilling
  • Caspian Drilling
  • Diamond Offshore
  • KCA Deutag
  • Pride International
  • Transocean

Operators

  • Chevron
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Occidental Petroleum
  • Petrobras
  • PEMEX

Service Companies

  • BJ Services
  • Halliburton

Course Level 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Introductory 5,658 6,626 8,781 7,887 9,241 3,604
Fundamental 9,342 13,317 13,147 16,033 14,459 3,457
Supervisory 20,983 28,596 30,010 38,003 39,966 11,038
Total 35,983 48,539 51,938 61,923 63,666 18,099
Last Updated 10 June 2014


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