This paper describes the development and use of the International Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) guidelines for training and competence for CT drilling operations.

The lack of training standards within the coiled tubing industry is well recognised. In order to redress this and develop standard training requirements for CT operations ICoTA set up a workgroup in 1997. The aim of this workgroup was to identify the minimum required skills and knowledge for safe and efficient CT operations, to aid the training of personnel and enhance operational safety and efficiency. Initially CT Drilling operations are addressed as this is the area where the lack of a structured approach to training and competence is most apparent.

The paper discusses the results from this workgroup, and presents the suggested outcome. The approach to wellsite competence is based on competence presence, and is not related to people or job functions. Three levels of competence are recognised; ability to execute, ability to supervise execution and ability to assist. The guidelines take into account; applicability worldwide for all CT drilling operations, on all types of CT units, and different organisational structures.

Several examples of training requirements will be given for various CT drilling operations in order to illustrate how this document may best be used in practice.


This paper is about training, competency and experience.

To achieve a common understanding of the definition of competency it is taken as meaning:

Competency – " Ability to perform the activity in the workplace consistently to the required standard ". In this context, competency consists of proven knowledge, skills and experience.

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