Canadian Drilling School

IWCF Well Control

Canadian Drilling School has partnered with Endeavor Technologies Corp, developers of Endeavor Simulators, to bring you an accredited IWCF well control center in Kelowna, British Columbia.

We regularly provide 5-day Rotary Drilling Well Control courses, offering the option of taking Level 3 (Driller) or Level 4 (Supervisor) with either Surface or Combined (subsea) stack endorsements.

Our modern, comfortable classrooms, small class sizes, lots of simulator time, and our innovative use of animations and other audio-visuals make our programs a fun learning experience. We don't just teach you what is needed to pass the exams, we are committed to helping you understand!

Canadian Drilling School uses Endeavor Simulators, which are the most modern, cutting-edge available anywhere in the world. These amazing simulators will almost have you believe you are on a real rig with a real well-control situation. Our Endeavor simulators will give you hands-on experience that cannot be replicated by any other competitor.

Successful candidates will receive an IWCF certificate in Rotary Drilling Well Control at the level and stack type for which they registered.

IWCF well control courses at level 3 or higher are designed for people that have five or more years of experience in the drilling industry. All candidates are required to progress through Levels 2 (Fundamental Level) and 3 (Driller Level) before they may register in Level 4 (Supervisor Level).

Exceptions are made for persons who have passed IWCF, IADC, Enform First/Second Line, or a similar approved well control course. Proof of obtaining a passing mark may be required.

  • Anyone who has received an IWCF Level 3, WellCap Supervisor Level or Enform Second Line ticket in the past may register directly into Level 4.
  • Anyone who has received an IWCF Level 2, WellCap Driller Level, or Enform First Line Well Control ticket in the past may register directly into Level 3.
  • Anyone with formal in-house training such as Shell's Round One may submit details of the curriculum for consideration to be allowed to enter directly into Level 4. Please contact our registrar for details of this process.

New IWCF Registration Process

As part of IWCF's new security measures, all candidates must now send us their IWCF candidate registration number (a six-digit number prefaced by the letters CR) before we can register them in an IWCF course. If you have not yet received your number, you may do so by going to Get Your IWCF CR Number Here. If possible, registrations should be made two weeks prior to the course commencement and must be accompanied by proof of holding the appropriate prerequisite certifications. If you will be using an Enform First or Second Line or a WellCap ticket as a prerequisite, you need to send us a scanned copy to:

Multi-Week Option

Since people attending an IWCF course for the first time are often overwhelmed by the quantity of new material covered in just one week, CDS suggests first-time registrants, Workover and Completions personnel, and others with limited exposure to drilling well control terminology and/or methodology should attend two weeks of lectures before attempting the examinations.

Should you wish to use the multi-week option:

  1. Register and pay for the week you would like to take your IWCF exams.
  2. After making payment, phone our registration staff (403-256-7300) to let them know the week you would like to sit in as an observer. This will allow you receive all the material and sit in on the lectures on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of that earlier week at no extra cost.
  3. Take the time between the two course dates to revise and digest all the course material.
  4. Attend the course again as a formal candidate and complete the IWCF examinations on the Thursday and Friday.

This offer is subject to available room in the class.


We offer this course in API Field Units (ppg, feet, barrels, psi).

Why do you not offer SI Metric Units in Canada?

API units are the predominant units in our industry worldwide. They are also easier for IWCF calculations, especially regarding BOP equipment, which is sized in API units.

What if I have never used API units before?

No problem! Most people, even if they have only used SI Metric units in the past, soon find API units much easier for oilfield calculations and within a couple of hours find themselves wondering why they were ever nervous about them.

BOP Stack

We offer this course in a choice of either Surface or Combined Surface and Subsea stacks

Should I take Surface or Combined Stacks

This is a frequent question asked by many first-time candidates to IWCF. The answer is to take whichever you need. Many first-time candidates sign up for the combined option only because it would be nice to have and later regret their choice when they are confronted with the extra workload in addition to the surface material required for this ticket. First timers should be careful not to unnecessarily give themselves a workload greater than is required for their job.

Course Audience

This is a fast-paced course and is not suitable for people without relevant drilling rig experience, nor is it a means of fast-tracking ones career into a supervisory position.

Candidates are expected to have a prior working knowledge of all relevant API recommended practices and standards.

In addition, combined stack candidates are expected to have a good understanding of subsea systems and practices.

Limited Time Price Discount

Because of the current downturn in our industry, we are discounting our courses until things improve.

Well Control Price List

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Course Price: $2350.00 + GST

Course Duration: 5 days (Mon-Fri)

Start Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm (end time may vary)

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How do I know if I qualify?

The following flowchart can help you determine if you are eligible to take ICWF:

IWCF Eligibility

First Line Well Control Ticket Holders:

Candidates who wish to use their Enform First Line tickets as a prerequisite to attend an IWCF course may do so to attend Level 3.

If these candidates desire to obtain a Level 4 certificate, they are required to attend two different week-long classes to bring them up to that level. Our discounted cost of combining these two classes is $4000.00 + GST, provided both courses are completed within a period of six months during regularly-scheduled classes.

Exam Resit Fee:

Persons who fail one exam component may attempt up to two resits within a maximum period of 90 days. Each resit attempt will be charged at $400.00 + GST, provided they are conducted during regularly-scheduled IWCF exam sessions. Persons who obtain a mark of 65% or less in any one of the three exam components are not given the option of an instant resit and must return at a later date for further formal upgrading. CDS does not charge existing clients extra for this additional instruction.

Registration After Failed Exams:

Candidates that fail two or more exam components are not given the option of a resit, but may re-register as a brand new candidate after a minimum waiting period of one month. CDS offers such candidates a discounted price of $1500.00 + GST for this second registration, provided they do not require new texts and complete the course within six months from the exam date. Candidates from other schools who wish to attend re-training at CDS will be charged $2000.00 + TAX. This will include the cost of new texts, retraining, and examination fees.

Notice of Fee Schedule Change:

All fees are subject to change without notice.

Kelowna Accommodations

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Honour Roll

The following people achieved 100% on one or more of the written IWCF assessments at Canadian Drilling School.

Jeffrey MacLeod

100% on Principles and Procedures (Supervisor Level)

February 03, 2017

Jeff Monyard

100% on Equipment (Supervisor Level)

January 13, 2017

Andrew MacLaughlin

100% on Equipment (Supervisor Level)

April 15, 2016

Rick Kibben

100% on P&P (Supervisor Level)

March 11, 2016

Ted Dooper>

100% on P&P (Supervisor Level)

100% on Equipment (Supervisor Level)

February 5, 2016

Michael Wojcichowsky

100% on P&P (Supervisor Level)

February 5, 2016

Ali Hooshmandkoochi

100% on P&P (Supervisor Level)

October 09, 2015

Neil Kenny

100% on Equipment (Supervisor Level)

September 18, 2015

Travis Woodward

100% on Equipment (Supervisor Level)

June 05, 2015

Greg Mason

100% on Equipment (Supervisor Level)

May 22, 2015

Tristan Whittall

100% on Equipment (Supervisor Level)

April 3, 2015

Kirby Sayles

100% on Equipment (Supervisor Level)

December 2014

Ken Hildebrand

100% on P&P (Supervisor Level)

May 9, 2014

Derek McSweeney

100% on P&P (Supervisor Level)

February 28, 2014

Neala MacDougall

100% on P&P (Supervisor Level)

January 31, 2014

Rene Duperreault

100% on Equipment (Supervisor Level)

November 29, 2013

Jeffery Wilkinson

100% on P&P (Supervisor Level)

November 15, 2013

Joshua Dyck

100% on P&P (Supervisor Level)

April 19, 2013

Christopher Gnutel

100% on P&P (Supervisor Level)

September 28, 2012

Ali Hooshmandkoochi

100% on P&P (Supervisor Level)

May 11, 2012

Andrew MacLaughlin

100% on Equipment (Supervisor Level)

February 17, 2012