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Second Line Supervisors Well Control (Test Well)

This course provides hands-on experience performing well control procedures and will help you develop skills in response to hole and equipment problems using live test well equipment at Enform’s training facility in Nisku.


Rig managers, well site supervisors, drilling engineers or drilling superintendents who are responsible for the execution and supervision of well control operations in the field.


  • 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

A valid Second Line Supervisor’s Well Control Certificate (can be expired but not exceeding two years) or one of the following:

First Line Supervisor’s Blow Out Prevention Certificate
International Well Control Forum Certificate (Supervisory)
International Association of Drilling Contractors Certificate (Supervisory)
United States of America, Department of Mines and Minerals Service approved Well Control Certificate.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion that is valid for two years from the expiry of your old certificate.


Participants may attend this course up to three months in advance of the expiry of their certification. If the written exam mark is between 60% and 69%, the participant may rewrite the exam one time only within 30 days of the certifying test well. Rewrite fees apply.


If the exam mark is below 60%, or both the original and rewrite failed but the participant has passed the test well, the participant need only repeat the classroom portion of the course and rewrite the exam. The classroom repeat must be done within 30 days of the certifying test well and classroom repeat fees apply.

Test Well failures must be rescheduled within 30 days of the program.
Fees may vary outside of Enform facilities
Government issued photo ID is required to write the exam.

Participants should be able to identify the appropriate techniques and procedures necessary for proper operation of equipment used in well control.
Participants should also be able to apply wellbore pressure concepts, and well control strategies while on bottom, tripping and while out of the hole.

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