The Blowout Prevention School (BOPS) at the University of Oklahoma has offered quality oil well control instruction for more than 30 years. Course materials feature the latest methods for increasing operational efficiency, reliability and safety, as well as new technology. The classroom learning experience is enhanced through the use of hands-on simulation training, audiovisual aides, and a comprehensive training manual specific to each course. 


Who We Serve

Companies –Enjoy the flexibility of group instruction at your location or participate in individual open enrollment.

Individuals/consultants -Appreciate the combination of quality instruction, regular course offerings, and location.

Who Teaches the Course?

Your instructor plays a critical role in your success in the course, so we are very selective when it comes to the course leader. BOPS has selected Global Well Control, Inc., to deliver our courses. An accredited provider of IADC training and certifications, GWC was selected because of its commitment to quality instruction, as evidenced by its 95% pass rate.


WellSHARP Drilling Supervisor Level – Meets IADC Requirements - $1,200

2020 Dates2021 Dates
June 2 - 5, 2020 - CanceledJanuary 5 - 8, 2021
July 7 - 10, 2020 - CanceledFebruary 2 - 5, 2021
August 4 - 7, 2020March 2 - 5, 2021
September 1 - 4, 2020April 6 - 9, 2021
October 6 - 9, 2020May 4 - 7, 2021
November 3 - 6, 2020June 8 - 11. 2021
December 1 - 4, 2020 

What are the Advantages of Taking the Course at OU?

Pass rates –We’ve experienced pass rates of 95%, compared to the IADC overall pass rate of 83%. Some course providers experience far lower pass rates. When you consider the additional time and cost of retakes and possible missed work, this makes the pass rate an important factor.

Assurance regarding quality –OU has been a leader in both the energy industry for 70+ years and well control courses for more than 30 years. A course delivered under the OU name gives you additional assurance regarding quality - that the instructors have been vetted and industry mandated certification requirements are followed.

Official certification– Certificate of Completion upon passing the exam for the WellSHARP certification.

Avoid missing out on jobs –Many jobs require certifications. Don't miss out, get certified, and keep up-to-date!

Schedule around other commitments –You can plan your course at a time convenient to your work or personal schedule. We suggest scheduling a few months out, so if a time conflict arises, you still have a chance to re-schedule and not risk your certification expiring.

Hotel affiliation – We are partners with a nearby hotel who offers a conference rate for BOPS students, which is important if you must travel to Norman and need to spend evenings reviewing materials.

One-stop shopping –We now offer three courses, which makes a more complete line up for your company. Additionally, we are certified on other courses as well (RigPASS, WellSHARP Plus, Safety, etc.), which we can teach at your site upon request.

Cancellation, No-Show, and Refund Policy:

All registration fees must be paid in full by the class start date. Non-payment may result in the cancellation of the class registration. Classes subject to a minimum guarantee of six students.

Qualified substitutions will be accepted at any time. Cancellations received after the close of business nine days prior to the class start date will be required to pay a $150 processing fee.

There will be no refunds for cancellation after eight days prior to the start date of each class or for non-attendance at the classes. If fees are not paid prior to the cancellation or no-show, you will be billed.

Cancellations must be received in writing via email at lmartinez@ou.edu. Telephone cancellations are not accepted.

Information Packets

Upon receipt of your registration, we will process your enrollment. A confirmation will be sent via email.

Please phone (405) 325-3136 if you do not receive confirmation information within two weeks of the class start date.

NOTE: Non-refundable airline tickets should not be purchased before you receive confirmation of your registration in the class.