Discover how to conquer stuck pipe incidents and eliminate non-productive time (NPT) with our intensive Stuck Pipe Prevention Training. Led by industry experts, this course equips drilling personnel with the essential knowledge and skills to prevent and minimise stuck pipe occurrences. 

Engaging classroom presentations, case study discussions, and practical simulator demonstrations cover the causes of stuck pipe, prevention techniques, and effective strategies for freeing stuck pipe.

Join us for this high-impact Stuck Pipe Course in Brisbane , where participants will gain the expertise to identify, reduce and eliminate stuck pipe as a costly drilling operation hazard.

Don’t let stuck pipe impede your progress – take charge of your drilling success today!


Course Dates

  • UOC: N/A - Harness Energy Developed Specialist Technical Course
  • Cost: From $1,900
  • Duration: 2 Days

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Stuck Pipe Prevention training is a technical course that is part of the skill set needed for those working on Oil and Gas Rigs. This specialist course is conducted based on request and usually for groups. Please submit an enquiry form to book onto the next course or to request a group discount booking. Find out more about this course through reading the course outline and overview on this page.


Course Details



From $1,900



2 Days




Delivery Methods

Delivery Methods

  • Classroom
  • On-site
  • In-person
Unit Of Competency

Unit Of Competency

N/A - Harness Energy Developed Specialist Technical Course

Delivered over 2 days, the objective of this Stuck Pipe course is to provide the knowledge, skills and experience to recognise and address stuck pipe problems and free a stuck pipe.  The course is designed for rig-site personnel and completion teams in a variety of job roles involved in the actual Pipe and Drilling activities. 

The Topics covered during the 2 day Stuck Pipe Prevention Training include:

Causes of stuck pipe
  • Differential sticking
  • Mechanical sticking
Prevention of stuck pipe
  • Differential sticking
  • Inadequate hole cleaning
  • Formation instability
  • Key seating
  • Bottom hole assembly changes
  • Plastic salts
Freeing stuck pipe
  • Soluble formations
  • Key seating
  • When to give up attempts to free the pipe
Jars and accelerators
  • Forces required to fire jars
  • Handling of small drilling / fishing jars
  • Accelerator description
  • Jar and accelerator position

The Structure of the 2 day Stuck Pipe Prevention Training will include:

Day One
  • What is stuck pipe, what is the cost of stuck pipe and when is it most likely to happen?
  • An introduction to rocks and stresses including mechanical instability and planning for wellborn stability, avoiding high risk situations, tripping and reaming practices and the factors in hole cleaning and how they interact
  • Sticking mechanisms and how to address them including hole cleaning, formations, fractured rock and junk and cement
  • Differential Sticking, its causes and minimising risk
  • Well Geometry, doglegs and ledges, mobile formations and collapsed casing
Day Two
  • Mud properties and their effect on stuck pipe
  • Drill pipe, jars and accelerators
  • How are we sticking, where are we stuck and what should we do?
  • Differential sticking
  • Bore hole geometry
  • Simulator session – Working through stuck pipe challenges as a team
  • Exam and Results

On successful completion of the training, participants will be able to identify, reduce and free stuck pipe in rotary, directional, horizontal, mud, top drive, offshore or under-balanced drilling operations.

You will receive a certificate of completion. This is a technical course created by Harness Energy and is not aligned with national accreditation or qualifications.


Course Requirements

No course pre-requisites apply.  All tools and course-specific learning equipment is provided. Wear suitable PPE including closed in shoes.

Please also review the general important information (relevant to ALL courses) contained in Important Course Requirements page linked

Additional Infomation

Roles & Industries Relevant to Stuck Pipe Training

  • Drillers
  • Drilling Engineers
  • Drilling Supervisors
  • Directional Drillers
  • Completion Engineers, 
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Management-level personnel seeking a practical understanding of stuck pipe prevention
  • Oil and Gas
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  • Prevention of stuck pipe for cost and efficiency impact
  • Maintain Drill up time
  • Learn highly specialised aspects in relation to Stuck Pipe
  • Practical understanding for related personnel on site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Stuck pipe is a key cause of non-productive time (NPT) and thus a significant cost. Minimising or removing this hazard  can reduce operational costs significantly.

Stuck pipe is a significant cause of non-productive time (NPT) and thus a major potential cost and according to Oea Services, a stuck pipe incident in land operation can roughly cost between $0.7m – $1.5m.

The course is designed for rig-site personnel and completion teams in a variety of job roles including Drillers, Drilling Engineers, Drilling Supervisors, Directional Drillers, Completion Engineers, Petroleum Engineers and Management-level personnel seeking a practical understanding of stuck pipe prevention.

This course is designed for stuck pipe prevention in a range of drilling operations including rotary, directional, horizontal, mud, top drive, offshore and underbalanced drilling operations.

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