Responsible Petroleum Management: 3 weeks course

The 'Oil for Development' programme (OfD) and Petrad offer a course in Responsible Petroleum Management. Priority to participate will be given to civil servants from countries that particiate in the OfD programme. The course will be held in Stavanger, Norway, during March 16th - April 3rd, 2020, and will be fully funded for admitted applicants who are civil servants from OfD countries.  It is intended as an annual event thereafter, with the next course planned for March 8th - 26th, 2021. 

The course provides a broad review of the challenges and methods of managing petroleum resources on behalf of a nation. The main course objective is for participants to strengthen their capabilities for contributing to the management of petroleum resources in the long-term interest of their nations, and with due consideration to all impacts of petroleum operations on society and the environment. The course is based on Norwegian experiences and global insights.  Presentations will be given by representatives of Norwegian public agencies with responsibilites for the petroleum sector, and by experts from industry and academia. There will be group practices where participants work together solving problems in an imaginary country.

Participants at the 3 weeks course are expected to have prior knowledge of the main work processes in the petroleum industry (the value chain). For participants which are lacking in this respect but are otherwise qualified, we offer an introductory course in the week prior to the main course, starting March 10th. 

Participants at the 3 weeks course are also expected to complete a significant amount of readings and other preparations, and to report on these preparations before arriving at the course. The reading and other materials will be made avilable electronically. Estimated duration of preparations is up to 40 hours. If you will be unable to undertake these preparations for the 2020 course, we request that you do not apply for this course, but you can express an interest in the 2021 course (see below). You will then receive the reading materials early.

Download the course brochure with the link below.

The application deadline is January 8th, 2020. To apply, fill in the form on this link: RPM course application.  In addition to filling in the online form, the following documents must be sent to

- Scanned copy of your passport

- An essay written by yourself explaining how you expect the course will benefit your work

- A letter of recommendation from your supervisor or higher management in your organisation of employment. The letter must confirm that you are an employee of the organisation and will have a job there upon completing the course, and must state a recommendation for you to participate at the course. The letter can be addressed to the Petrad Foundation, Stavanger, Norway.

If you are interested in participating at the 2020 course or later, but not yet ready to submit an application, you can submit an expression of interest at this link

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