Wellbore Surveying Competency Programme

We have developed this competency programme in wellbore positioning in partnership with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Technical Section for Wellbore Positioning (also known as the ISCWSA).

This is the first industry recognised programme on the subject and has been developed in response to an industry-wide need to promote good practice in this safety critical activity. It is aimed at oil professionals who collect, manage or use wellbore survey data and require to have a good understanding of the methods, the equipment and their applications and limitations.

It also provides contractors with a standard, recognised credential in wellbore surveying to demonstrate to clients that their personnel have an adequate competency in the subject.

The programme is facilitated by Professor Angus Jamieson and includes contributions from industry experts. Angus is a consultant in directional drilling and the primary author of the University of the Highlands and Islands/SPE book ' Introduction to Wellbore Positioning' which all students will be expected to read.

"Good Morning Angus,
[Also] wanted to thank you for the opportunity; I really enjoyed this class for different reasons. On one hand your rank in this discipline reminded me of learning drilling practices from Bill Murchison and casing design from Charlie Prentice. On the other hand the material feels like something poorly understood / underutilized just before it goes viral.
Thanks and Regards,

Joshua Lewis,
Engineering Advisor, Drilling – DJ Basin / New Ventures Noble Energy"

It is recognised that in some instances, it may be appropriate to send multiple students on this programme. Special fee arrangements will also be available for companies who can provide the personal tutoring support internally. If you would like to discuss these options or if you have another query please complete the form below and we will get back to you.

Otherwise, you can apply for the programme here: Wellbore Surveying Competency Programme

2018 Course Dates

Intake 1

Monday 5th February to Friday 30th March 2018
with the exam week 2nd to 6th April 2018

Intake 2

Monday 7th May to Fri 29th June 2018
with the exam week 2nd to 6th July 2018

Intake 3

Monday 3rd September to Friday 26th October 2018
with the exam week 29th October to 2nd November 2018

Intake 4

Monday 5th November 2018 to Friday 11th January 2019
with the exam week 14th to 18th January 2019


  • For those who have successfully completed the advanced level programme, the following optional one-week practical schools are available:
    • Monday 16 to Friday 20 April 2018
    • Monday 27 to Friday 31 August 2018


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