Canadian Drilling School

IWCF Well Control

Canadian Drilling School is an accredited IWCF well control center in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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!

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 currently hold a valid IWCF, IADC, or Enform well control tickets, or one which has been expired for less than two years.

  • 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.

Registrations should be made two weeks prior to the course commencement and must be accompanied by proof of holding the appropriate prerequisite certifications. Before we can officially register a candidate with IWCF, we must receive a scanned copy of the prerequisite certificates.

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.

Units
We offer this course in two units: API Field Units (ppg, feet, barrels, psi) and SI Metric Units (kg/m3, m, kPa).

    API Field Units are taught in Calgary---see class calendar for details.

    SI Metric Units are now also taught in Calgary at least once per month----see calendar for details

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.

Book and pay for your seat before the prices go up in September! Because of rising costs, we are being forced to increase our prices for both Levels 3 and 4 to $2695.00 + GST on September 01, 2015. Anyone who books and pays for a seat in a class before September 01 will pay the old price of $2495 + GST.

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Course Price: $2495.00 + 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 $4250.00, 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 $1500.00 +GST. 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 $1500.00 + 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 (CDS Shameless Boast Page)

Travis Woodward

Travis Woodward received a prize of opulent CDS carry-on luggage for obtaining 100% in his IWCF Equipment test paper at Supervisor Level on June 05, 2015.

Travis is a Drilling EIT with Shell Canada

Gregory Mason

Gregory Mason received a prize of opulent CDS carry-on luggage for obtaining 100% in his IWCF Equipment test paper at Supervisor Level on May 22, 2015.

Greg is a Rig Manager with Hercules Offshore

Tristan Whittall

Tristan Whittall received a prize of an opulent two-piece CDS luggage set for obtaining 100% in his IWCF Equipment test paper at Supervisor Level on April 03, 2015.

Tristan is a Drilling Engineer with Suncor Energy Norge AS

Kirby Sayles

Kirby Sayles. Kirby received a prize of an opulent two-piece CDS luggage set for obtaining 100% in his IWCF Equipment test paper at Supervisor Level on Dec 11, 2014.

Kirby is a Drilling Superintendent with Drillsearch Oil and Gas in Australia

Ken Hildebrand

Kenneth Hildebrand. Ken received a $500 prize from CDS for obtaining 100% on his IWCF Principles and Procedures test paper at Supervisor Level on May 09, 2014. Ken also gained 99% on his equipment exam, missing a perfect score for the entire exam by only one question!

Ken is a self-employed Well Site Supervisor living in Ontario

Derek McSweeney

Derek McSweeney. Derek received a $500 prize from CDS for obtaining 100% on his IWCF Principles and Procedures test paper at Supervisor Level on February 28, 2014. Derek also gained 100% on his simulator practical exam when he maintained a constant BHP throughout the entire kill!

Derek is a Well Site Supervisor with Schlumberger in Chad

Neala MacDougall

Neala MacDougall. Neala received a $500 prize from CDS for obtaining 100% on her IWCF Principles and Procedures test paper at Supervisor Level on January 31, 2014

Neala is a drilling engineer with Shell Canada

Rene Duperreault

Rene Duperreault. Rene received a $500 prize from CDS for obtaining 100% in his IWCF Equipment test paper at Supervisor Level on November 29, 2013

Rene is a drilling consultant living in Colorado

Jeffery Wilkinson

Jeff Wilkinson. Jeff received a $500 prize from CDS for obtaining 100% in his IWCF Principles and Procedures test paper at Supervisor Level on November 15, 2013

Jeff is a Drilling Engineer with Canacol Energy Ltd

Joshua Dyck

Joshua Dyck. Josh received a $500 prize from CDS for obtaining 100% in his IWCF Principles and Procedures test paper at Supervisor Level on April 19, 2013

Josh is a Drilling Engineer with Shell Canada

Christopher Gnutel

Christopher Gnutel. Chris received a $500 prize from CDS for obtaining 100% in his IWCF Surface Equipment test paper at Supervisor Level on September 28, 2012

Chris is a Directional Driller with Weatherford

Ali Hooshmandkoochi

Ali Hooshmandkoochi. Ali received a $500 prize from CDS for obtaining 100% in his IWCF Surface Principles and Procedures test paper at Supervisor Level on May 11, 2012

Ali is a Drilling Engineer with Shell Canada

Andrew MacLaughlin

Andrew MacLaughlin. Andrew received a $500 prize from CDS for obtaining 100% in his IWCF Surface Equipment test paper at Supervisor Level on February 17, 2012

Andrew is a Rig Manager for Atlantic Marine Services

Careers

Well Servicing Well Control Specialist

An international natural resources company engaged in developing and producing crude oil and natural gas is looking for an experienced person (Professional Engineer not mandatory) to provide ad hoc well servicing well control guidance and support (as-needed) for the company’s ongoing operation in Kurdistan, Iraq.

Candidates should contact Edwin at 403-256-7300