How to Use ISO and API Standards for Artificial Lift Systems

Production and Operations

Course Description

This one day course will prepare both user/purchaser and supplier/manufacturer to use ISO and API standards for electric submersible pumps (ESP), progressing cavity pumps (PCPs), gas lift and sucker rod pumping systems.  Instructors will demonstrate the various ways how to apply these standards, including (but not limited to) equipment purchase, testing, bid specifications and response to tenders.

Learning Level

Intermediate – Basic knowledge of ESPs, PCPs, gas lift and sucker rod pumps will be required.

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Industry experts have spent years of time writing these industry standards, in order for all parties to use the same nomenclature, design and testing specifications with the vision that technology and reliability will ultimately improve.

Who Attends

This course is for artificial lift engineers and managers who have (or will have) a role in the procurement process for their company (from request for equipment by user/purchaser through to the response by supplier/manufacturer and delivery of equipment).


4.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


David McCalvin is a recognized leader within the ISO and API international standards community for 30+ years, skilled in standard authoring, interpreting and consensus building in groups of widely varied interests and motivations. Experienced at completions product design and artificial lift systems issues focusing on full-life cycle cost effectiveness. Providing a keen and effective action oriented approach to providing creative interpretation of industry standards and their applications. Currently, an independent consultant who is primarily active with API standards work with Gas-lift, ESP systems, PCP drive strings, Packers, Safety valves, test tools, completion accessories, etc.