Second Line Supervisor Well Control (Test Well)

Rig managers, well site supervisors, drilling engineers or drilling superintendents, who are responsible for the execution and supervision of well control operations will learn how to perform well control procedures and manage hole and equipment problems using live test well equipment.

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

  • The purpose of well control
  • Understanding wellbore 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
  • Hands-on training at live test wells and computer based simulators


To register online participants must hold one of the following certificates:

  • Valid First Line Supervisor's Blowout Prevention certificate.
  • A Second Line Supervisor's 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)

To register with the following Supervisor level certifications please call 1.800.667.5557

  • (IWCF) International Well Control Forum
  • (IADC) International Association of Drilling Contractors - WellCAP or WellSHARP
  • "The above may be accepted provided the certificate hasn't expired by no more than two years.*
  • Government issued photo ID is required to write the exam


  • Effective February 11, 2019 - Bridging of certificate expiry dates will no longer be in effect.
  • You are permitted one rewrite exam. If you are not successful in completing the rewrite exam but have passed the test well, you will only need to repeat the classroom portion of the course. The classroom repeat must be done within 30 days of the certifying test well and classroom repeat fees apply. If not completed within 30 days, the full five-day course must be completed. Full course fees apply.
  • Test Well failures must be rescheduled and successfully completed within 30 days of the original course, day five. If not completed within 30 days, the full five-day course must be completed. Full course fees apply.
  • Students must be on time and present for all course content instruction. Students who miss any course content cannot be certified and registration fees will not be reimbursed, as per the Cancellation Policy
  • Course duration may continue beyond 4:30 pm

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