This program presents participants with the knowledge required to effectively manage and supervise drilling operations, and covers drilling practices and problems during every phase of the well from spud to completion.
The course is taught by hole-intervals, with training enhanced by hands-on simulator practice, and actual case history. Well control is introduced as one of the drilling problems, while lost circulation and stuck pipe are also discussed as part of the course content.
Included in this course is certification in IWCF Level 4 or IADC WellSharp Supervisor Well Control upon completion of the respective examination. Students must select which certification they desire upon enrolment into the program, participants also have the option to pursue Surface only or combined Surface and Subsea.


  • Pre-Spud Meeting & Considerations
  • Drill String Design
  • Drillout Considerations
  • Leak Off and Formation Capability Tests
  • Limitations to Control Capability
  • Salt Water Flows
  • Kill Sheets
  • Simulator Training
  • General Mud Topics
  • Shallow Gas and Kicks
  • Diverting
  • Surface Casing
  • Top Hole Cleaning and Trends
  • Hydraulics
  • Well Control Problem Diagnosis and Solutions
  • Mud Solids
  • Lost Circulation
  • Deviation and Stuck Pipe
  • Difficult Well Control Situations
  • Tripping Practices and Considerations
  • H2S Safety
  • Causes of Abnormal Pressure
  • WC Red Flags & Transition Zone Indicators
  • Managed Pressure Drilling
  • Shale Problems
  • Wellhead Installation
  • Casing & Cementing
  • Good Mud Practices
  • Logging and Perforating
  • BOP Equipment
  • ECD Drilling
  • UBO and Barite Plugs
  • Overview of Optimization Procedures
  • Bits
  • Differential Sticking and Freeing Techniques
  • Kick Off Plugs
  • Drill Stem Test Considerations
  • Gas Cap Drilling
  • Liner Cementing
  • Squeeze Cementing and Production Squeezing
  • Completion Methods and Workover Fluids
  • Methods of Well Control (Driller’s Method, Wait & Weight, Volumetric & Lubrication, Modified Wait & Weight)
    Lecture, exercises, workshops, tests, simulator practice, PowerPoint slides and discussion.

    Operational Drilling Technology is designed for Toolpushers, OIMs, Wellsite Supervisors, Superintendents, Engineers, Drillers and Assistant Drillers.
    The Operational Drilling Technology Course usually hosts a class size of 8-12 persons.

    Operational Drilling Technology is a 10 day course.



    Mon 19th – Fri 30th

    AUG – SEP

    Mon 21st – Fri 1st Sep


    Mon 4th – Fri 15th

    Classes will begin at 7:30 A.M.
    Daily dismissal varies due to simulator schedules. Students are usually finished testing by noon on the final day.

    Candidates for IWCF Level 4 must have been previously certified at Level 3 or Level 4 (by either IWCF or IADC).
    IWCF candidates must register for an account on FORUM. Once registered and approved by the IWCF, a candidate ID number will be issued. IWCF candidates will need their candidate ID before registering for a well control course. IWCF candidates can register on FORUM at IWCF.org.
    The IWCF requires IWCF testing centers to order the IWCF tests ten days prior to the exam date. Therefore, MDS requires all course participants to enroll at least one week prior to the first day of the class. Participants must indicate at the time of enrollment the following information: Type of Certification (Surface or Combined Surface/Subsea), Units of Measurement (API, Metric), and Language for written test.
    All candidates must bring their passport and present to assessor and invigilator before tests are administered. (U.S. citizens born in the U.S. who do not have a passport may present their driver’s license.)

    The IADC has an online WellSharp Practice Exam to help those trainees who have test anxiety and want to become more familiar with the process of taking an online WellSharp exam. Four exams are currently available: Driller-Surface Stack, Driller-Combination Stack, Supervisor-Surface Stack, and Supervisor-Combination Stack. For access to these exams, go to the website listed below. http://www.iadc.org/wellsharp/sample-wellsharp-exams/

    Interested in this course? Apply here.