The International Well Control Forum (IWCF), the Montrose-based independent organisation that sets international well control standards, has launched a new online administration system that hopes to change the way well control training is managed.
The system, called FORUM, meets the changing needs of the industry and aims to make the well control training process easier for both centres and candidates.
The simplified online scheduling process replaces the previous paper based system and provides significant efficiency benefits to the centres. It means that once a centre has scheduled a course, they can allocate places to candidates online instead of completing more paperwork.
Antony Quin, General Manager, IWCF, said: “Giving candidates an online profile makes the registration process easier and also enables them – as well as employers and potential employers – to verify their qualifications as all new certificates and wallet cards include a QR code which can be scanned to check with the online system.
“This is a positive step for well control training, enhancing the systems and the way training is managed helps ensure that it is delivered in a robust and consistent manner.”
A second phase of the project will be to introduce online exams which will be available to centres next year. IWCF will continue to offer traditional paper exams, depending on a centre’s preference.
Through the new system IWCF staff will be able to approve courses, view centre details to show what courses they are accredited for and the qualifications for assessors, invigilators and instructors. They will be able to see at a glance what courses are being scheduled and coming up in any week.