PCP System Design and Performance Optimization Course


Progressing cavity pumping systems have emerged as a common form of artificial lift. System selection and operating practices play key roles in ensuring that a PCP system provides reliable and economical performance.

To assist operators implementing this technology, this comprehensive course focuses on fundamentals, design and operation of PCP systems. Additional topics related to auxiliary equipment, backspin analysis and well diagnostics are also covered. This course is based on knowledge, information and experience gained through numerous field studies, lab investigations and a major joint industry project over the last 20 years.

This course also includes hands-on training with PC-PUMP®, software developed by C-FER for the interactive design and evaluation of progressing cavity pumping systems.


This course has been developed for engineers and other personnel who deal with the design and operation of downhole progressing cavity pumping systems. This includes field operators, completion and production technologists, and the staff of equipment manufacturers and vendors. A comprehensive set of course notes is provided.


Topics covered include:

  • Pump Fundamentals
  • Elastomers
  • Pump Testing and Failure Identification
  • Pump Selection Considerations
  • Flow Considerations
  • Rod Loading and Fatigue
  • Rod String and Tubing Wear
  • Power Transmission
  • Backspin and Brakes
  • Overall Design Process
  • Application Areas
  • Well Monitoring
  • System Diagnostics
  • Auxilliary Equipment Selection
  • PC-PUMP® Software Training

Upcoming Courses
  • May 6-10, 2019 | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

  • September 16-20, 2019 | Brisbane, Australia

  • March 9-13, 2020 | Muscat, Oman

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Tentative Courses



Recent Feedback
"Instructors were very knowledgeable." "It was great how willing C-FER folks were to listen & take notes on suggestions for improving the PC-PUMP® program."