The Petrad 8 weeks programmes

Insights for managing petroleum resources

Next programme is scheduled for 2018

The Petrad 8 weeks programmes offer essential insights for managing petroleum resources from a national as well as commercial perspective.  The participants will gain increased capabilities for contributing to petroleum resource management through three main avenues:

  • Understanding the petroleum value chain, i.e. the activities required in order to find, produce and sell oil and gas, including the requirements for health, safety and environmental protection in petroleum operations.
  • Understanding the societal context and the governance requirements for petroleum, i.e. how petroleum activities can be managed in order to create lasting benefits for society.
  • Increased professional skills at working in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams to solve complex problems, as well as capabilities for analysis and communication.

During 8 intensive weeks, participants receive and practice expert knowledge. They get to apply their insights in teams at case work resembling a real-world scenario, and on a challenge from their work situation at home. The 8 weeks feature excursions and insights into Norway’s accomplishments in managing its petroleum sector, as well as events aimed at developing an effective and enjoyable learning environment.

Two parallel programmes

The 8 weeks programmes are two programmes running in parallel:

They are usually referred to as the “Operations” class and the “Policy” class, respectively. We admit around 26 participants for each class (ca 52 in total).  For more information on each programme, click on the underlined bullet points above. A table of topics covered in the programmes is found on the 8 weeks topics page.

Many lectures and events are common to both programmes, whereas some lectures are specific to each course.  They are also given different tasks for the case work.  In Petroleum Development and Operations, the main emphasis is on the process of planning the development and subsequent operations of petroleum fields. In Petroleum Policy and Resource Management, there is a main emphasis on the licencing of petroleum rights as a process between national Government and commercial firms, and on the development of national petroleum policy.

Who should attend

The Petrad 8 weeks programmes are suited to professionals from public administration, oil companies and other institutions who are engaged in petroleum sector issues. It is particularly relevant for those who need to understand the implications of petroleum operations for society.

Applicants should have:

  • A university-level degree (Bachelor or higher) in a field relevant to the petroleum sector, such as geosciences, engineering, economics, law, environmental sciences etc.;
  • Several years of relevant work experience;
  • A current work position involved with in the petroleum sector;
  • Fluency in English;
  • A written statement from the applicant’s employer confirming that the applicant will be granted a leave for attending the programme and will return to work after the programme.

When selecting applicants for admission, Petrad will seek to attain a suitable distribution of participants in terms of professions, nationalities and gender.

A unique learning experience

The Petrad 8 weeks programme is a globally unique learning experience. Lectures are given by professionals who bring a wealth of industry and regulatory experience. While expert lectures fill about half of the available programme time, the remaining time consists of activities which engage  participants:  Discussions, case work, challenge related to work at home, a computer assisted simulation game, excursions and knowledge tests.

The case work is situated mostly in the imaginary country of Eureka and its neighbour Eastland.  A large gas-condensate field has been discovered, for which development needs to be planned. Both countries also need to engage in further licencing to prepare for future petroleum developments. Participants are assigned to multi-disciplinary teams acting as companies or authorities in Eureka and Eastland.

Participants are required to devote their time fully to the programme during the 8 weeks. Each will need to contribute actively to the case work and other tasks, and make presentations. In return, they will come home with a better understanding of the petroleum sector and what it takes to manage it. They are also trained at working in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams. Many acquire a set of international contacts and friends with whom they continue to communicate for many years. A diploma is granted as evidence of successful participation at the end of the programme.

The learning environment

The 8 weeks programmes are delivered once per year, in Stavanger, Norway, usually from mid-September into early November.

Participants stay in a hotel and are transported by bus to the programme events at the Petrad training centre, which is co-located with the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Petroleum Safety Authority. Meals are provided in the form of a daily living allowance to each participant. They are also lent some rugged outdoor jackets and footwear suited to the Norwegian weather and the activities we will be doing.

The programmes are supported by an intranet data site, on which participants can access lecture documentation and other relevant information during and after the 8 weeks. Each participant is provided with a laptop computer equipped with Microsoft Office programmes, internet access and other required software during the 8 weeks.

A separate page provides general information on our Stavanger course venue.

Application and preparations

The application process will be open approx Q4 2017.

Petrad has a limited number of other scholarships available. Application for scholarship can be indicated on the application form.

Applicants who are admitted as participants at the 8 weeks programmes will be required to make certain preparations prior to arrival in Stavanger. Each participant will be asked to describe two issues relating to her or his work situation, one of which will be selected as the participant’s Challenge to be worked on during the course. There will also be some recommended pre-reading articles.

You are always welcome to send us an expression of interest to email 8weeks@petrad.no if you consider applying for the programme at a later time, and we will keep you updated on opportunities. An expression of interest should preferably contain some information on your background and current job situation.

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