Wellbore Surveying Competency Programme


This competency programme in wellbore positioning has been developed by the University of the Highlands and Islands with contributions from members of the Industry Steering Committee for Wellbore Survey Accuracy (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.

2019 Course Dates

Intake 1

Monday 1st April to Friday 24th May 2019
with the exam week 27th May to 31st May 2019

Intake 2

Monday 5th August to Friday 27th September 2019
with the exam week 30th September to 4th October 2019

Intake 3

Monday 7th October to Friday 6th December 2019
with the exam week 2nd december to 6th December 2019

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