International Association of Drilling Contractors


IADC accredits 6 training schools

MARCH 1, 2001--The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) recently accredited six schools, including a Houston location, in its Well Control Accreditation Program (WellCAPâ), for meeting its benchmark standards for quality and training in well control for rig crews of operators and their contractors.

“With these additional schools, companies now may train their rig crews at 48 schools with 128 locations in 40 countries,” said Dr. Lee Hunt, president of the trade association of nearly 900 member companies, representing  more than 3,000 individuals in Houston and 5,700 in other worldwide locations.  “Bringing training closer to the drilling activity helps companies produce qualified workers at lower costs in their areas of operation.”

“Because expenditures in oil and natural gas production are forecasted to increase this year, we expect our industry to have problems finding qualified workers,” Dr. Hunt said.  “Adding more training locations that meet IADC’s recognized standards helps our industry solve this problem, especially in areas lacking government regulations.”

The latest schools to be given accredited status include three operated by Transocean Sedco Forex: Houston Training Center, Houston, Texas; Jakarta Training Center, Jakarta, Indonesia, and PAU Training Centre, Billere Cedex, France.  Also accredited was The Well Engineering School, Seeb, Sultanate of Oman; Odebrecht Perfurações LTDA/MAPLO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Oilwell Drilling Technology, Quezon City, Luzon, Philippines.  Chongqing Petroleum College, Chongqing, China received approval for a combined surface/subsea course.  Accreditation is pending on Transocean Sedco Forex’s Aberdeen Training Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland.

IADC’s WellCAP was assembled by top well control experts among its producer, contractor and associate members.  To achieve WellCAP accreditation, schools must demonstrate adherence to IADC's well control core curriculum.  Their facilities, simulation equipment and instructor qualifications are thoroughly reviewed.

In October, the US Minerals Management Service (MMS) began a two-year transition period from existing MMS regulations toward  “performance-based” regulation, allowing greater operator flexibility in training their employees and those of their contractors.  The rule largely eliminates existing requirements for well control training, enabling operators to determine the best way to accomplish this.

“General acceptance of WellCAP will avoid conflicting training requirements between operators and ensure operators that their contractor personnel have been trained to acceptable standards, as defined by industry experts,” Hunt said.

In the Aug. 14, 2000, Federal Register, MMS wrote: “MMS commends IADC for the WellCAP program and acknowledges the value WellCAP could bring in providing minimum well control training requirements to lessees and contractors worldwide.” 

From its Houston base, IADC strives to secure responsible standards, practices and regulations that provide for safe, efficient and environmentally sound drilling operations worldwide.  The association educates its members through programs and publications and develops industry training standards, notably its WellCAP and rig floor orientation program (RIG PASS). Founded in 1940, IADC has offices in Washington, United Kingdom, Netherlands and the Middle East, and chapters in the UK, Venezuela, Brazil, Australasia, South Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, North Africa and across the United States. IADC membership includes contract drilling and well-servicing firms, oil and gas producers and manufacturers and suppliers of oilfield equipment and services. IADC’s contract drilling members own most of the world’s land and offshore drilling units and drill the vast majority of the world’s oil, natural gas and geothermal wells.  IADC holds “Accredited Observer” status at the International Maritime Organization and the International Seabed Federation, branches of the United Nations. For more information, visit the IADC website at