International Alliance for
Well Control (IAWC)
A joint effort between IADC WellCAP and
the International Well Control Forum (IWCF)
Combining Training and Certification
standards of training and testing in the drilling industry.
of the same training and testing method in every country, fully acceptable to regulators
and each other, and meeting the common requirements of competence systems.
- The impartiality of independent testing.
The Alliance will provide a unique
opportunity through joint membership committees to review training curriculum and test
The Alliance program will enable the industry to
adopt through common training and testing programs:
The Training Element
- Best practices
- Best procedures
- Common terminology
The Certification Element
IADC's WellCAP offers a blueprint for rig crew
training by emphasising the knowledge and skills critical to successful well control.
WellCAP measures training schools against quality benchmarks for adherence to industry
developed core curriculum, appropriateness of facilities and instructional staff and
consistency of operations.
- An accreditation
system for well control training schools, WellCAP is the product of joint working
committees of operators, drilling contractors, professional trainers and well controls
specialists. WellCAP currently has 35 accredited
organizations teaching in 11 languages from 106 locations in 22 countries.
Quality Assurance Measures
- Reaching out to over
40 countries and translated in more than 10 languages, the IWCF certification program has
become a globally accepted practice. The Certification Standards cover the basic
aspects of well control. The practical assessment methodology and written tests derived
from the associated Performance Criteria provide a solid milestone in ascertaining the
presence of basic skills and knowledge.
The Alliance will pursue the development of
distance learning methods, including pre-assessment techniques, that prepare students, and
identify strengths and weaknesses in advance of focused classroom training, practical
simulation exercises and competency testing.
The Alliance is considering the development of
independently administered methods to monitor student reactions on completion of the
The Alliance will also pursue opportunities to
include other drilling activities in advanced programs and other well-site activities such
as Well Intervention in alternative programs.
- The Alliance will
endeavor to reduce the combined administrative costs to all participating companies.
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