Canadian Drilling School

IWCF Well Control

Canadian Drilling School is an accredited IWCF well control center.

We regularly provide 5-day Rotary Drilling Well Control courses, offering the options of taking Level 3 (Driller) or Level 4 (Supervisor) and with the choice of either surface or combined (subsea) stack endorsements.

Our modern, comfortable classrooms, small class sizes, lots of simulator time, and 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 simulators 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 IWCF certification 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, or similar approved well control courses. Proof of obtaining a passing mark may be required.

  • Holders of a valid Level 3 IWCF, Driller Level WellCap or Enform Second Line ticket may register directly into Level 4.
  • Holders of a valid IWCF Level Two or Enform First Line Well Control ticket may register directly into Level 3.
  • People with formal in-house training such as Shell's Round One may submit details of their training for consideration to be allowed to enter directly into Level 4. Please contact our registrar for details of this process.

As part of IWCF's new security measures, all candidates must send us their IWCF candidate registration number before we can register them in a course. If you have not yet received your number, you may do so at 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 all the class lecture material and exercises.
  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).

SI Units can be taught by special request, but requires a minimum class size of four candidates.

Should I do Surface or Subsea is a question often asked. The answer is to take whatever you need. Many first-time candidates for IWCF sign up for Subsea only because it would be nice to have and later regret their choice when they realize the extra subsea workload in addition to all the surface material required for this ticket. First timers should be careful not to give themselves a workload greater than they need.

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, subsea candidates are expected to have a basic understanding of subsea systems and practices.

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Course Price: $2695.00 + 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

Valid 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. Consequently, 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 $4500.00 USD, provided they are both completed within a period of six months

Exam Resit Fee:

Persons who fail one exam component may attempt up to two resits, which will be charged at $500.00 + GST each resit. Persons who obtain a mark of 65% or less in any one of the three exam components must return at a later date for further instruction before attempting a resit. CDS does not charge existing clients extra for this service. Candidates from other schools who wish to attend re-training at CDS will be charged $2000.00 USD. This will include the cost of new texts, retraining, and examination fees.

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 $2000.00 + GST for the second registration, provided they do not require new texts and complete the course within six months from the exam date.

Notice of Fee Schedule Change:

All fees are subject to change without notice.

Honour Roll

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

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