The WellSharp accreditation currently applies to the Drilling Operations track of training only. The Well Servicing and Underbalanced Operations tracks will continue to fall under the WellCAP Program’s curricula and accreditation criteria until IADC’s committees and workgroups have completed their revision of these tracks. Conversion of these tracks from WellCAP to WellSharp will be accomplished in phases.
Through five course levels, WellSharp offers the building blocks for a comprehensive well control culture throughout an organization:
- Awareness – designed for support personnel who do not have direct well control responsibilities but need to understand basic concepts.
- Introductory – essential well control knowledge for rig crews, including floorhands and other non-technical personnel.
- Driller – addresses practical well control skills, with a focus on detecting a kick and shutting in the well, for assistant drillers and drillers.
- Supervisor – designed for toolpushers, superintendents, drilling foremen, and company men and focused on well kill procedures.
- Engineer – addresses well control issues that can be minimized or avoided through well design.
The program (formerly WellCAP*) was revamped and revitalized by industry representatives (at the request of industry) and essentially aligns with OGP 476. One of the reasons for taking on this challenge was the general agreement that the industry should make every effort to regulate itself, or to provide the foundation for any future regulations and standards.
In the past, well control training has centered on operations and task-oriented skills. WellSharp training will continue to offer training in those areas but has also transitioned to emphasize:
- Incident prevention and management of the well
- Greater risk awareness and assessment
- Understanding of additional barriers outside of the BOP that can be utilized to maintain a safe and reliable work place
- New technology and terms referencing unique drilling situations that have come about through new equipment and capabilities or drilling environments.
Enhancements to the training and to the assessment process help to ensure integrity and international uniformity:
- Centralized electronic testing system, including random test generation
- Immediate test results and feedback based on learning objectives
- Independently proctored assessments
- Strengthened instructor qualification requirements
- Guidelines, templates, and requirements for the use of simulators for instruction and for skills assessment
The WellSharp program is designed to provide trainees with more in-depth knowledge, with well-honed role-specific skills, and with a greater confidence that they know what to do to prevent incidents or, in the unforeseen event of a well control incident, respond swiftly and appropriately.
Developed collaboratively by the IADC WellCAP Advisory Panel, IADC Well Control Committee, and other industry workgroups, the WellSharp program represents an industry-led effort to completely redefine well control training and assessment.