IADC Snubbing Well Control (Fundamental)

This IADC Accredited Fundamental level Snubbing course is intended for anyone interested in gaining a greater knowledge of snubbing operations. The course delves into the fundamentals of Snubbing operations with a focus on pressures, equipment, and key procedures.

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Course Features

Downhole Animations and Interactive Learning
40+ downhole and equipment animations to teach every important Well Control concept! Visualize complex effects, “play” with drilling equipment, and learn through well control calculations and interactive lessons.
Anywhere, anytime, at your own pace!
Working another job? Spending all your free time on the rig? Too lazy to leave home or travel to a classroom? Take our course anytime, anywhere online on your computer, iPad, iPhone, or Android! Take the entire course in one setting or do it 10 minutes at a time. It’s all up to you.
Receive an IADC certificate of accreditation
Receive a certificate of competency in Well Control from the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). Available to print or email immediately after course completion.
Wellcap intro Wallet card
Receive a Fundamental level Wallet Card for the IADC Snubbing Well Control (Fundamental) course. An electronic copy is sent to your email, and a physical copy is delivered to your doorstep, by Falck.


Who should take the IADC Fundamental Snubbing Well Control Course?

This course is built for snubbing personnel involved in day-to-day snubbing operations.

What will I learn?

The Fundamental Snubbing Well Control course covers all material required by the IADC (International Association of Drilling Contractors), in their WellCap Fundamental Snubbing program. Key topics include fundamental well pressures, snubbing equipment, fluids, and kill methods with simulation. See detailed outline below.

Will I get a Well Control certificate?

After successfully completing the course and achieving a passing grade on the final exam you will receive an IADC Snubbing certificate at the Fundamental level. This certificate is recognized across the globe.

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Course Curriculum

Chapter 1 Servicing Fundamentals
Intro to Servicing

Examines the different reasons for well servicing and intervention operations; Discusses acidizing, sanding problems, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), plugging, and gravel packing.


Provides links to valuable online Math resources to learn and refresh before you start the course.

Fluid Properties

Explores fundamental properties of fluids. Examines density at the molecular level and introduces the equation for density. Looks at the consequences of density when different substances are mixed together, such as oil, water, and gas.

Fluid Measurement

Introduces the Mud Balance and Pressurized Mud Balance tests used to calculate the density of drilling mud in the rough field environment. Also examines the tests involved in measuring viscosity.

Fluid Types

Explains the major differences and relative pros and cons of both oil based and water based drilling mud. Also, briefly explores synthetic oil based mud, cement slurry, and fluids used during the workover and completions process.

Pipes & Manifolds

Uses the real-life example of a highway system to introduce valves and manifolds on a drilling rig. Walks through the definition, function, and importance of the pump, standpipe, and choke manifolds through vibrant animations. Introduces the adjustable choke and briefly goes into its importance in well control operations.

Chapter 2 Pressure

Examines pressure through several different, real-life examples. Introduces students to pressure differentials and the concept of equilibrium; setting the stage for later discussion on pressure in the wellbore.


Defines the blowout and introduces the terrible consequences of an uncontrolled blowout on causing injury to personnel, loss of rig, and harm to the environment. Then, introduces the kick and examines how a kick is caused by pressure differentials and how a kick can turn into a blowout.

Formation Pressure

Offers a comprehensive look at Formation Pressure deep underground. First, introduces the concept of porosity- taking a look at formation rocks at a molecular level. Then, examines underground pressures both before and after drilling begins, taking a look at what pressures are removed during drilling operations. Lastly, examines the Formation Pressure Gradient and walks through how formation pressure can be mathematically calculated. Student must interact with and answer a question to complete lesson.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Examines the pressure exerted by a column of fluid, both in and out of the wellbore. Derives the generally accepted equation for hydrostatic pressure in a well and walks students through examples. Interactive, in-module questions require student to read, answer, and think about question while going through the lesson.

Pump Pressure

Introduces friction and examines how frictional losses act against any movement along a surface. Identifies Pump Pressure as the pressure needed to overcome the frictional losses throughout the entire system. Lastly, explains how Annular Friction Loss can contribute to bottomhole pressure.

Balancing Well Pressures

Discusses how pressure differentials are relevant in balancing well pressures in a producing well. Specifically, introduces the concept of underbalance and overbalance and examines the consequences.

U-Tube Effect

Uses animation to indicate the exact location of the U-Tube within the wellbore. Then, introduces the U-Tube effect with an example.

Surface Pressure

Explains the pressure felt on rig surface equipment and the consequences of exceeding the maximum surface pressure limits of well equipment. Creates an analogy to compare wellbore surface pressure with surface pressure felt on the cap of a shaken soda bottle.

Chapter 3 Well Processes
Intro to Drilling

Using animation, introduces students to the basic fundamentals of the drilling process. Introduces the drill bit, drill collar, drill pipe, and derrick. Then, introduces casing pipe and the cementing process. All concepts taught and explained to be accessible to students with no prior drilling knowledge.

Intro to Completions

Provides an animated look at the well completions process and all fundamental well completions equipment. Introduces downhole safety valves, landing nipples, side pocket mandrels, and multiple completions.

Intro to Production

Introduces the fundamental objectives of well production operations, including an animated and graphical look at the Christmas Tree, tubing hanger, and tubing and casing pressure gauges.

Chapter 4 Kicks
Kicks during Servicing

Looks at kicks during well servicing operations, examining the difference between a kicking well and a producing well.

Insufficient HP


Uses powerful, downhole animation to let students visualize the suction effect of Swabbing and how it can pull formation fluid upwards into the well. Introduces Swab Pressure and explains how it acts against bottomhole pressure.


Uses powerful, downhole animation to let students visualize the water hammer effect of Surging and how it can create significant downward pressure that causes fracturing or lost circulation. Introduces Surge Pressure and explains how it acts against bottomhole pressure.

Lost Circulation & Fracturing

Explains the second part of Kick Theory; the consequences of letting Bottomhole Pressure become too much larger than Formation Pressure. Through animation, demonstrates how Lost Circulation can cause True Vertical Depth to fall and cause a kick to occur.

Gas Properties

Explains some of the most dangerous gases experienced during oil and gas operations, exploring the properties that make them dangerous to rig personnel. Explains the low density of gas and how it can lead to gas migration when mixed together with other liquids. Introduces Boyle’s Law and the concept of gas compressibility.

Gas Kick

In an interactive, engaging way uses the example of one gas kick to demonstrate the consequences of two different approaches to dealing with a gas kick: 1) Taking a very long time to respond to the gas kick and 2) Letting the gas kick migrate without expansion. At each stage of the kick’s movement upwards, the student must engage in many calculations.

Gas Control

Reiterates some of the challenges with adequately controlling gas in the well. Introduces the gas detector and its importance in detecting gaseous fluids that are invisible to the human eye. Delves into the Mud-Gas Separator, examining its limitations and the consequences of rupture and gas blow-through when its limitations may be exceeded.

Chapter 5 Kick Detection
Quick Response

Emphasizes the importance of responding to a kick as quickly as possible, highlighting the consequences of taking too long to respond.

Fluid Recording

Explains the importance of fluid measurement in detecting problems in the wellbore. Introduces the Pit Level Indicator, used to measure the amount of fluid returning to the mud tanks, the Mud Return Indicator, used to measure the speed of fluid returning to the mud tanks, and the Mud Pump Stroke counter, used to count how many strokes of fluid have been pumped into the well.


Introduces the Trip Sheet and its importance in monitoring the Trip Tank during tripping operations. Walks through a specific example of pipe being pulled out of the well and the details that would be recorded on a trip sheet.

Kick Warning Signs

Introduces the warning signs that formation pressure is increasing or that we have entered an abnormally pressured formation. Examples include changes in the mud weight of returning drilling mud, increased drilling mud viscosity, and the generation of odd-shaped rock cuttings.

Chapter 6 Blowout Prevention System
Introducing the BOP

Conceptually introduces the BOP stack and its importance in shutting-in the well to prevent kicked fluid from reaching the surface.

Annular & Ram Preventers

Discusses the differences between annular and ram preventers, using 3D animations to visually demonstrate the unique attributes of each preventer. Ram elements are discussed as well as the role of the drilling spool.

Safety Valves

Explains the need to shut-in the drillpipe in addition the annulus. Introduces the Inside BOP, the Float Valve, and the Full Opening Safety Valve.

Safety Systems

Looks at the surface operated surface and subsurface safety valves set in a producing well.

BOP Control Systems

Explains, in detail, the function and operation of the BOP Control System. Delves into pre-charge pressures, operating pressures, usable volume tests and other pressure and volume considerations related to accumulator bottles. Highlights the risks in losing accumulator pressure.

Equipment Testing

Walks through pressure ratings of fundamental Well Control equipment, including an examination of pressure testing and function testing.


Introduces the barrier concept, exploring both mechanical and fluid barriers with several examples.

Chapter 7 Snubbing Operations

Looks at the fundamental calculations and procedures involved in Stripping Operations, both with and without volumetric control.

Intro to Snubbing

Examines fundamental Snubbing equipment and the different types of snubbing units used for well servicing operations.

Piping Limitations

Defines the different ways piping can fail and experience fatigue, including buckling, tensile collapse, collapse, and burst.

Snubbing BOP

Looks at the different components of the Snubbing BOP.

Snubbing Deployment

Examines the Snubbing deployment process including an examination of the processe of removing a Christmas Tree and replacing it with a BOP stack.

Chapter 8 Kick Procedures
Shut-in Concept

Provides a detailed, step-by-step conceptual understanding of the impact of well shut-in on underground pressures. Using the example of a bottle cap, explains how shutting-in the well makes bottomhole pressure automatically equal to formation pressure.

Shut-in Procedure & Verification

Defines the importance procedures involved in the well shut-in process, during several different types of well operations. Also explains the importance and procedure involved in verifying that the well has successfully been shut-in.

Recording parameters

Explains the three most important parameters that need to be recorded after shut-in: Shut in Tubing Pressure (SITP), Shut in Casing Pressure (SICP), and Estimated Pit Gain. Walks through the importance of SITP and SICP in understanding Formation Pressure and explains why SITP is generally lower than SICP. Also introduces the procedure involved in recording slow pump rates or slow circulating rates.

Well Control Techniques

Examines different well control techniques used to control pressure when servicing a producing well; should the well be killed or not?

Chapter 9 Constant BHP Methods
Constant BHP Methods

Introduces, conceptually, the importance and power of constant bottom hole pressure well kill methods. Explains how maintaining constant bottomhole pressure can prevent additional kicks, lost circulation, and surface pressure problems. Explains how turning on the Pump can increase bottomhole pressure and risk a kick, while opening the adjustable choke can reduce pressure when needed.

Introducing the Kill Sheet

Explains the importance of the Kill Sheet during well control operations, providing links to several kill sheets.

Pre-Recorded Data

Examines the data on a Kill Sheet that must be pre-recorded prior to a well control incident, including formation strength data and pump data.

Volume Calculations

Looks at the calculations involved in calculating total strokes from the surface to the bit and back to the surface, by looking at piping capacites, lengths, and volumes.

Kill Calculations

Examines how to calculate Initial Circulating Pressure, Final Circulating Pressure, Kill Mud Weight, and creating a pressure schedule.

Choke Handling

Looks at some of the fundamental considerations involved in choke operation, including lag time and dealing with gas at the choke.

Pump Startup

Walks through the procedure involved in successfully bringing a pump online while keeping bottomhole pressure constant using the choke.

Driller's Method

Walks through, in detail, the steps involved in the Driller's Method of Well Control. Includes a discussion of the first circulation, steps involved in analyzing pressures and bleeding trapped fluid, and the second circulation process.

Wait and Weight Method

Walks through the steps involved in the Wait and Weight Method of well control.

Reverse Circulation

Examines, briefly, the Reverse Circulation method of removing kicked fluid from a well.

Chapter 10 Other Kill Methods
Volumetric Method

Explains and walks through the steps involved in the Volumetric Method.

Lubricate and Bleed Method

Uses powerful animation to depict the different steps involved in the Lube and Bleed Method.


Delves into the Bullheading method of well control, exploring the procedure via detailed animations.

Chapter 11 Complications
Trapped Pressure Complications

Visualizes the different locations where trapped pressure can become trapped in a completed well and looks at some of the methods of trapped pressure resolution.

Tubing Complications

Examines a few different complications involved in coiled tubing operations.

Pressure on Casing

Examines some of the different ways pressure can become trapped in the casing string during well production

Recording Well Information

Examines the importance of recording well information during all well servicing operations, looking specifically at some of the information that must be recorded.

Human Factors

Looks at the different well servicing crew roles during well control operations and the associated drills.

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