First Time (Online) Training

Comprehensive training is provided to new Users of WPTW through our First-Time Training courses.

Completion of the training results in the issuing of a WPTW Competency Card by the Association and allows the recipient to perform that role on wellsites being managed under WPTW.

Personnel that do not hold current certification cannot perform these roles as Users of the WPTW System, however they can still work as work party members under the ‘Participant’ provisions of the System with supervision by a certified WPTW User.

Being reliant on the availability of a certified User is obviously a serious limitation and we recommend that, where possible, all personnel complete WPH training to fully familiarise themselves with the WPTW System.

Entry Level Training for WPTW Users is the Wellsite Permit Holder (WPH).

This certification allows the User to hold a permit for work they are conducting, and to supervise other personnel that are working on the authorised Scope of Work. WPH certification means that you understand the WPTW System, the WPH role and the specific responsibilities associated with the permit process and conducting work on a wellsite.

NOTE: the WPA will also check that the Work Party hold all other required licenses and certificates for technical aspects of the work being performed if the WPH has a supervisory role only. I.e. if you are a WPH conducting an activity that involves electrical work, you will still need to hold the necessary electrical licenses, or have someone on your team that is a licensed electrician.

The First-Time WPH Training will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hrs, including the assessment, depending on the Trainee’s level of familiarity with the WPTW System or Permit to Work (PTW) systems in general. It is strongly recommended that Trainees are familiar with the WPTW Handbook before commencing the Training.

To enrol in one of our First Time (Online) Training courses (WPH, WPA or OCR), download the Enrolment Form from this Link or Go to the Forms Download Page.

Further information is included in our FAQ section below or you can contact the Association.

WPA or OCR First-Time Training

Trainees wanting to enrol in WPTW First Time Training for WPA or OCR will need to contact the Association to provide evidence of existing knowledge and experience within the industry and working with the WPTW System or equivalent.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is First-Time (Online) Training and who is required to complete it?

Training in the WPTW System is provided online. People who are new to WPTW are required to complete ‘First-Time’ training to familiarise themselves with the System, the different roles and responsibilities.

You will also need to complete ‘First-Time’ training for a different role, if you need to upgrade to a higher level of responsibility within the WPTW System.

When you have been WPTW certified for two years, you will only need to complete the shorter Recertification training to maintain your WPTW certification level.

Go to Recertification (Online) Training

How do I enrol for a First-Time Online Training course?


The enrolment form is available by emailing

Follow the instructions on the Enrolment Form, completing the details for each trainee and email the form to the Association: Please ensure you include the Trainee’s name, a valid individual email address and a postal address for delivery of the WPTW Rev 3 Handbook.

The enrolment will be processed and an invoice issued. Payment can be made via credit card or direct bank deposit.

Upon payment of the invoice, an email containing the login details and a link to the training will be sent to each trainee. A copy of the WPTW Rev3 Handbook will also be sent to the Trainee’s postal address as supplied on the enrolment form.

It is recommended that the Trainee reviews the WPTW Rev3 Handbook prior to starting the Online Training.

What information will I need to enrol in a First-Time (Online) Training Course?

Wellsite Permit Holder (WPH)

To enrol in WPH First-Time (Online) Training course each trainee will need to supply:

  • their name
  • date of birth
  • a valid individual email address
  • a postal address for their WPTW Rev3 Handbook

Wellsite Permit Authority (WPA) and Operating Company Representative (OCR)

In addition to completing the Online Enrolment Form as above, Trainees wanting to enrol in WPTW First Time Training Course for WPA or OCR will need to contact the Association to provide evidence of existing knowledge and experience within the industry and working with the WPTW System or equivalent. Please contact the Association for further information.

How much are the Revision 3 First Time (Online) Courses?

The WPTW First Time (Online) Course fees for WPH, WPA and OCR are:

  • for employees of Member Companies: $300 (ex GST) per WPH certification and $400 (ex GST) per certification (WPA and OCR)
  • for employees of non-Member Companies and all other personnel: $450 (ex GST) per WPH certification and $550 (ex GST) per certification (WPA and OCR).

For trainees who already hold WPH certification from earlier face-to-face training and have also undertaken the WPH Recertification training, a discount of 25% is available when transitioning to the WPA First Time (Online) course.

Please email us at for more information.

How can I pay for First Time Online Courses?

An invoice will be issued via email upon processing of the enrolment/s. Payment can be made by credit card or bank deposit.

When will I receive my WPTW Handbook?

Once an enrolment has been finalised and payment received, the WPTW Handbook will be posted to the address indicated on the enrolment form. Please allow up to 10 days.

It is not recommended that Trainees commence any WPTW Online Training prior to receiving their Handbook as all of questions can be answered from the content of the Handbook, and too many incorrect ‘guesses’ can result in the trainee being locked out of the online training.

If the WPTW Handbook has not been received within 10 days from enrolment date, please speak with your Training Coordinator or contact the Association.

Once I receive my log in details, how long do I have to complete my online course?

You will have 8 weeks to complete your WPTW First Time (Online) Training course from the day you receive your login details.

How long will the training take?

The training takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hrs depending on the Trainees’ level of familiarity with the WPTW System or Permit to Work (PTW) systems in general.

Can I do face to face training?

Face to face classroom training is no longer available. However please contact the Association if you have reasons that will limit or prevent you from learning via the online method and restrict your ability to complete the training.

How long is my temporary certificate valid for?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to print a temporary certificate. This temporary certificate is valid for 10 weeks and should be printed for evidence.

How long is my certification valid for?

The Association will issue a certificate which will be valid for two (2) years from the course completion date. The Association will notify you when your certification is due to expire and advise that you will need to complete Recertification Training.

I’ve already attended face-to-face classroom based training. Do I have to complete First Time Online Training?

If you have previously completed first time training in a classroom and your training is still valid, you can complete Recertification training for the same level of certification.

If you wish to upgrade your level of certification, such as from WPH to WPA or OCR, you will need to complete the First-Time Training for the applicable course.

What are the (computer) System Requirements?

Trainees will need access to a broadband internet connection (preferably ADSL2+), the NBN, or a 4G Wireless Connection to sit their course.

This system has been designed for and tested in the following browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.6
  • Google Chrome 11
  • Apple Safari 5
  • and the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 and 8, Microsoft Windows Vista®, Microsoft Windows XP
  • Mac OS X 10.4(Intel) or later
  • Mac iOS 4.0 or later
  • Android 4 or later

The site has been optimised for screen resolutions 320px and higher. Font sizes for html (non-image) text can be increased via your browser settings if required.

On desktops, you will also need Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or later or an html 5 compatible browser.

Having trouble accessing the online training?

You may have been locked out of the course. This can occur for a couple of reasons:

  • the link has expired – the duration between the Online Training access email being sent and trainee login has been greater than 8 weeks
  • there have been too many incorrect answers – student has not been successful in completing the Online Training.

In both cases, please contact the Association.

I don’t have or can’t find my log on details or password?

An Online Training access email will be sent to the email address for each Trainee registered on the Enrolment Form, containing the link and unique logon details to complete the WPTW Rev3 Training.

The Online Training access email will be from

Depending on hosting and server settings, the emails may have been diverted to your Junk or Spam folders, or held in quarantine. Please check those folders or contact your company IT System Administrator.

If you are still unable to locate your logon details, please contact the Association.

I’ve failed my course, what do I do now?

Please contact the WPTW Association during business hours on 1800 078 939 for further assistance.

I lost my connection part way though the course. What should I do?

Progress through the training is automatically saved to your last completed assessment. Log back onto the Online Training course and continue the training.

I don’t have my Handbook.

Please allow 10 days after enrolment confirmation to receive your WPTW Rev 3 Handbook. Handbooks are posted to the address supplied on the Enrolment Form. If your training is funded through your employer, please speak with your supervisor or Training Coordinator to confirm where the Handbook was sent.

If you or your organisation has not received your Handbook after 10 days, please contact the Association.

My details have changed. How do I update them?

Please email the Association with your new contact details.

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