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Changes to the WellCAP instructor qualifications criteria have received worldwide review and will undergo a vote for approval at the next meeting of the IADC Well Control Committee, scheduled for 12 November, according to committee chairman Mark Milne of Transocean.

If approved, the changes will impact new instructors, instructors seeking upgraded approval status, and instructors seeking reinstatement as approved instructors. The proposal also includes requirements for maintaining approved instructor status.

Vote to be held on WellCAP changes

Highlights of proposed changes include:

  • • New instructors. Applicants must:
    1. 1. Hold a current WellCAP certificate at or above the course, level and stack qualifications for which the approval is requested.
    2. 2. Complete 60 hours of well control classroom instruction at the requested level.
    3. 3. Have 20 hours of simulator instruction experience.
    4. 4. Provide evidence of academic, petroleum field, teaching or other technical experience.
  • • Instructors upgrading approval status. Applicants must hold a WellCAP certificate at the requested level and have evidence of 24 hours of instructional time at the new course level.
  • • Prior instructors seeking reinstatement. Applicants must:
    1. 1. Hold a current WellCAP certificate at or above the course, level and stack qualifications for which the approval is requested.
    2. 2. Complete 24 hours of well control classroom instruction at the requested level within the year prior to the application.
    3. 3. Have 4 hours of simulator instruction experience.
  • • Instructors renewing approval. Instructor approval would be for a two-year period only. In order to maintain approval status, WellCAP instructors will be required to submit evidence of maintaining well control competence and continuing professional development.

Benny Mason of Occidental Petroleum chaired the subcommittee proposing these changes. Additional details on requirements specified in the proposal can be found at www.iadc.org/committees/wellcontrol/index.html.

All Well Control Committee members and WellCAP-accredited training providers will be notified and are encouraged to cast their votes, by absentee ballot or by attending the November meeting. The vote will follow newly established IADC voting procedures, which includes provisions for absentee ballots to be cast and a limitation of one vote per member company.

The meeting will be held at Cudd Energy Services, 15015 Vickery Drive, Houston, Texas 77032.

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