The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) has launched a new well control training and assessment programme called ‘WellSharp’ for the offshore industry.

The new initiative will offer an advanced well control training programme for professionalising drilling and provides the necessary tools and support to deliver improved performance in the well control area.

IADC operational integrity executive vice-president Mark Denkowski said: "The whole of the industry worked together to dramatically improve the safety and reliability of drilling operations.

"WellSharp represents an overhaul to address industry concerns with existing programs."

"WellSharp represents a root and branch overhaul to address industry concerns with existing programs, such as knowledge gaps, practical / theoretical imbalance, variable teaching standards, skill retention and robust testing methods."

The programme has been designed to ensure that the industry’s workforce has the required training and knowledge to prevent incidents.

The latest training and assessment programme will focus on training for all personnel involved with well control. It offers expanded course levels in line with OGP 476 recommendation and continuous training to maintain currency and increase retention.

IADC president and CEO Stephen Colville said: "IADC’s WellSharp programme offers a reliable and trustworthy set of training standards.

"I am confident that WellSharp will make a contribution to improved performance and safer operations for the global drilling industry."

The programme ensures that rig crews have knowledge of what they need to do in any circumstance.

IADC aims to improve operational integrity and champion better regulation to facilitate safer, cleaner and efficient drilling operations worldwide.