Second Line Supervisor Well Control Refresher

The Second Line Supervisor Well Control Refresher is designed for rig managers, wellsite supervisors, drilling engineers or drilling superintendents who are responsible for the execution and supervision of well control operations. This course covers kick warning signs, well control methods, calculations and non-routine well control situations. Participants are also required to demonstrate the proper response to wellbore and equipment problems using live test well equipment or simulators.

Upon Completion

Upon successful completion of this course and examination with a minimum of 70%, you will receive a Certificate of Completion that is valid for two years.

Topics Covered

Personnel will learn about:
  • The purpose of well control.
  • Understanding well bore pressures.
  • Leak-off tests.
  • Over-pressure and kick warning signs.
  • Causes of kicks.
  • Kicks with oil-based mud.
  • Blowout prevention equipment and operation.
  • Well control methods.
  • Advanced well control situations, including: managed pressure drilling and underbalanced wells.
  • Horizontal and multi-lateral wells.
  • High pressure high temperature wells.
  • Case studies and hands-on training at live test wells and with computer based simulators.


  • Recommend completion of the online tutorial, provided at time of registration.
  • Students should be able to identify the appropriate techniques and procedures necessary for proper operation of equipment used in well control.
  • Students should also be able to apply wellbore pressure concepts, and well control strategies while on bottom, tripping and while out of the hole.
  • Government issued photo ID is required to write the exam.
  • A Second Line Supervisors Well Control Certificate can be expired, but not exceeding two years. (This is in no way an extension to certificate validity and working with an expired ticket is not acceptable to the regulatory authorities. Extending the pre-requisite for a period of time is to facilitate training only)


  • Effective February 11, 2019 - Bridging of certificate expiry dates will no longer be in effect.
  • If you fail the exam following the course, you are allowed one rewrite within a 30-day period. Rewrite fees will apply. If you fail the rewrite, you will be required to take the five-day Second Line Supervisor Well Control course (excluding test well, discounted rate will apply). 
  • If you fail the Test Well, you must rescheduled within 30 days of the original course (day three). If not completed within 30 days, the full three-day course must be completed. Full course fees apply.
  • Students must be on time and present for the instruction of all course content. Students who miss any course content cannot be certified. If a student misses any course time, registration fees will not be reimbursed, and students who wish to be certified will be required to register and pay for their course again, as per the Cancellation Policy.
  • On the final day of this course, students are required to attend the Test Well and exam at Energy Safety Canada in Nisku, AB

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