The WellSharp accreditation applies to Drilling Operations and Well Servicing tracks of training. A new WellSharp Plus course, which is an updated and expanded version of the former WellCAP Plus course, will be available by the end of 2018. This “Plus” course integrates the learning of technical and nontechnical skills through fully team- and scenario-based content delivery. A new Drilling Operations Engineer (well design and planning) course will be available in 2019.
WellSharp offers the building blocks for a comprehensive well control culture throughout an organization.
Drilling Operations Track:
- 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.
Well Servicing Track:
- Coiled Tubing—Designed for service company equipment operators who are primarily responsible for the coiled tubing operational processes of well control.
- Snubbing—Designed for service company equipment operators who are primarily responsible for the snubbing operational processes of well control.
- Wireline—Designed for service company equipment operators who are primarily responsible for the wireline operational processes of well control.
- Workover—Designed for service company equipment operators who are primarily responsible for the workover operational processes of well control.
- Oil & Gas Operator Representative—Designed for oil & gas operator representatives who are responsible for the oversight of coiled tubing, snubbing, wireline, and workover operational processes of well control.
At the request of industry, the WellSharp program (formerly WellCAP*) was fully redesigned by industry workgroups collaborating through IADC. WellSharp essentially aligns with IOGP Document 476, developed by Operator representives. 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 continues 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 used to maintain well control
- New terminology and technologies resulting from improvements to equipment and capabilities or from new drilling environments
Enhancements to the training and to the assessment process help to ensure integrity and international uniformity:
- Centralized online testing system, including tests generated with alternate questions and in a varied order
- 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 WellSharp 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.