Professional Certification Courses in Oil and Gas in Nigeria 2024

The oil and gas industry is the most profitable job sector in the Nigerian economy.

Despite plans to alter the Nigerian economy, it remains the leading sector in employment desirability and engagement.

Working in the oil and gas industry is the dream of every Nigerian graduate in all disciplines because of the work ethic and attractive salary.

But many graduates encounter challenges getting a job in any oil company in Nigeria. Some people say you need the connection to work in an oil company.

The requirements to get a job in the oil and gas industry involve possessing degree results and professional certificates.

A professional certificate in oil and gas would give you an edge over other applicants.

This post contains the list of professional certification courses in oil and gas for graduates in Nigeria.

Let me know in the comment if you have any questions or need further clarifications. I would love to hear from you.

Professional Courses in Oil and Gas in Nigeria

The following is the list of professional certificate courses in oil and gas in Nigeria;

  • Introduction to Oil and Gas
  • Oil and Gas Accounting
  • Drilling Operations and Equipment
  • Managing Bids and Tenders from Suppliers
  • Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO)
  • Overview of Formation Evaluation
  • Basics of the Petroleum Industry
  • Oil and Gas Project Management
  • Rig helpers/roustabout training
  • Drilling Fundamentals
  • Well Log Interpretation
  • AutoCAD
  • Oil and Gas Business Management
  • Understanding Well Control
  • Introduction to Mud-logging
  • General Petroleum
  • Rigger/Banksmen
  • Business in Water Technology
  • Production Operations
  • Industrial Power Electronics
  • Fundamentals of Pump and Compressor System for Oil and Gas Operation
  • Flow Assurance For Offshore Field Development
  • Basic And Advance Fire Fighting Training
  • Drilling Technology
  • Understanding Energy Contracts
  • Oil & Gas Business Operations (Upstream & Downstream)
  • Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)
  • Emergency Response Team Member
  • Offshore Drilling and Production
  • Power System Protection and safety
  • Survival Swimming & Rescue Operation Training
  • Petroleum Revenue Generation, Treasury and Funds Management in the Oil and Gas Sector
  • Geopressure and Pore Pressure Prediction Fundamentals
  • Well Test Design and Analysis
  • Offshore Emergency Responses Team Member /Leader (OERTM/L)
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Budgeting, Cost Control and Financial Reporting in the Oil and Gas Sector
  • Mastering Finance for Non-Financial Oil and Gas Personnel
  • Geology and Geophysics (G & G) Integrated Studies

Introduction to Oil and Gas

Introduction to the oil and gas course introduces participants to the required startup knowledge of oil and gas.

Participants will get to learn about:

  • The nature of the oil and gas working environment
  • Introduction to exploration
  • Survey and drilling
  • Drilling rigs and well
  • Field development
  • Health, safety and the environment

Rig Helpers/Roustabout Training

The rig helpers/roustabout training is one of the most important training for anyone who has dreams of working onshore and offshore.

Many companies search to employ holders of the rig helpers certificate because candidates are seen suitable to work immediately assume duties and are seen to have the necessary training to copy with the ever demand of the oil and gas fields.

There are over 28 hot topics in the roustabout course and all topic deals with exactly what candidate will be meeting when they go online.
Among these courses are:

  • Introduction to the offshore and onshore environment
  • Introduction to actual drilling tools and equipment
  • Fire precaution on the platform
  • Helicopter signalling
  • Crane control and international hand signalling
  • Working safely in a confined space
  • Working safely at height
  • Hydrogen sulfide
  • Machine interpretation
  • Working with drilling equipment

Oil and Gas Business Management

This Management training course will provide a basis for functional managers and those whose experience has been limited to a particular area of the industry, to prepare for additional responsibilities by providing a broad base of knowledge covering the total spectrum of the oil and gas business and specific skills related to the evaluation of opportunities and enhanced decision-making.

Mastering Finance for Non-Financial Oil and Gas Personnel

This four-day Mastering Finance for non-financial oil and gas personnel training course is designed to help that person without knowledge of finance to understand the basic financial principles, theory and practice of financial reporting and analysis as they apply to the oil and gas industry.

Using a combination of instruction, group discussions, practical examples and exercises, this course is designed to ensure that delegates absorb both the theory and the practical application of the topics.

By attending this Mastering Finance for non-financial oil and gas personnel training course you will learn:

  • how to interpret, understand and act on financial information
  • how to develop more effective decision-making skills
  • elements of financial management specific to the oil and gas industry
  • a conceptual understanding of key E&P accounting topics including depreciation, reserves, decommissioning, and asset impairment tests


In the Rigger course, candidates are trained to be proficient in coordinating lifting while the banksmen course will teach a banksman how to communicate effectively with every crane operator.

Both the riggers and the banksmen skill is highly needed to work safely and efficiently with and around the crane and any other lifting earth moving equipment.

This course is a combination of both the Riggers and the Banksmen training, after the training the candidates will be issued 2 certificates.

Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO)

Considering how technical and tight the offshore working environment is, helicopter landings and takeoffs around the helideck must be coordinated by highly trained personnel.

Effective communication with the cabin crew, effective communication with on-duty crew members, well-detailed safety briefings, hand signalling, Helicopter refuelling, helideck emergency rescue and much more important topic are encapsulated in the HLO training syllabus.

Course Outline

  • Offshore Helideck regulations and guidelines
  • Helicopter and Helideck Hazards and Management Systems
  • HLO responsibilities during helicopter landing and departure
  • Supervision of passengers and cargo handling
  • Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (DGbA) Awareness
  • HLO Normally Unattended Installations. HLO Responsibilities
  • Supervision of HDAs
  • Helicopter refuelling awareness

The HLO course is a two certificate in one package

Helideck Fire Fighting Training

Despite the best efforts of all involved in helicopter operations, accidents happen.

The potential for accidents and the limits of operation at remote helidecks require an immediate and correct response to prevent serious injury or property damage.

All HLO/HAD staff must know how to fight a helicopter fireboard.

Managing Bids and Tenders from Suppliers

To develop in your procurement professionals the skills required to identify, manage and develop suppliers of goods and services using tools and techniques that can be deployed and refined to meet your specific local requirements.

To acquire detailed specialist skills that will give your organisation a competitive edge by optimising supplier contribution.

Course Outline

  • Types of contracts for the supply of both goods and services
  • Risks associated with different contract types
  • Contract design – selection of clauses
  • Commercial law including agency law, local preference legislation, WTO membership etc
  • Legal aspects of contracts for goods and services
  • Supplier Appraisal
  • Supplier Registration
  • Pre-qualification and approved supplier lists
  • Invitation to tender
  • Tender procedures
  • Tender evaluation and bid-comparison processes
  • Dealing with Tender Boards
  • Vendor evaluation, performance monitoring etc
  • Vendor development
  • Post-tender negotiation
  • Contract Award

Basic And Advance Fire Fighting Training

This course aims to inform you on what to do if you are confronted with fire and smoke.

Firefighting on board offshore installations/ facilities could be complex to deal with and test the expertise of firefighters and their physical endurance. Such incidents present the firefighters with difficult problems.

To cope effectively, firefighters require comprehensive background knowledge on the installation.

Firefighters must also ensure that familiarization systems are in place so that personnel are made aware of any particular risks in their areas (including transient or temporary risks).

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Principles of combustion and fire growth
  • Classification of fire and Extinguishing media
  • Methods of fire extinction
  • Causes of fire on our facilities
  • Fire protection
  • Managing fire incident safety
  • Emergency evacuation procedure
  • Foam and foam-making equipment
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) donning procedures
  • Hose and hose handling
  • Practical fire fighting

Fundamentals of Pump and Compressor System for Oil and Gas Operation

This is an intensive 4-day course providing a comprehensive overview of pumps and compressor systems.

The focus is on equipment selection – type, unit and station configuration, integration of these units in the process scheme and control strategy in upstream and midstream oil and gas facilities.

The material of the course is applicable to field production facilities pipelines, gas plants, and offshore systems.

The participant will learn:

  • Selecting the appropriate integrated pump and compressors units (drivers, pumps, compressors, and auxiliary systems)
  • Integrating the pump or compressor unit with the upstream and downstream piping and process equipment.
  • Evaluating pump and compressor unit and their drivers in multiple train configurations parallel and series.
  • Identifying the key local and remote control elements of pumps and compressors as well as their drivers.
  • Defining the major life-cycle events such as charges inflows, charges in fluid composition and charges in operating conditions
  • Assessing the key pump hydraulics and compressor thermodynamics and their effect on selection and operations.
  • Identifying significant operating condition monitoring parameters and troubleshooting techniques.

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the Oil and Gas Industry

Attending this IFRS Workshop for the Oil and Gas Industry and making use of practical and real-life case studies. Gain immediate knowledge and experience in how to apply the various accounting rules to complex accounting issues in your organization, and understand the options available to organizations in the Oil and Gas Sector in applying those standards.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to IFRS Principles, Oil and Gas Accounting Issues and Non-Current Assets
  • Overview of IFRS Principles and Concepts
  • Oil and Gas Industry Accounting Issues
  • Recognition and Valuation of Non-Current Assets
  • Determination and Valuation for Oil and Gas Infrastructure Assets and Illustration of Key Accounting Issues
  • Accounting for the Oil and Gas Industry Value Chain: Exploration, Development and Production
  • Accounting for Exploration and Evaluation Activities
  • Accounting for Development and Production Activities
  • Provisions and Decommissioning
  • Determine appropriate provisions and prepare necessary journal entries, allowing for discounted cash flow methodologies
  • Accounting for the Oil and Gas Industry Value Chain: Inventory, Revenue Recognition
  • Recognition and Valuation of Inventory and Reserves
  • Revenue Measurement and Recognition
  • Calculation of Revenue and Royalties and Allocation across geographic segments
  • Accounting for Operating and Finance Leases and Similar Transactions

Offshore Emergency Responses Team Member /Leader (OERTM/L)

The initial training programme is an opportunity to learn the necessary skills required to perform the role of the offshore emergency response team member in the event of a fire.

If you already have this qualification but require further training you can also apply.

Course Outline

At the end of the training, delegate will be able to

  • Define the role of the emergency team member and understand their key responsibilities
  • Understand the importance of having Offshore Emergency Response (OER) arrangement and procedure in place
  • Understand the importance of offshore emergency response procedures
  • Identify hazard and risk mitigation associated with typical offshore fire and non-fire incidents
  • Understand fix fire system offshore including its performance capability and limitations
  • Identify the emergency response Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirement for offshore (OERTM)
  • Demonstrate the ability to approach an incident area in a controlled manner. This will be under the instruction of the offshore emergency team leader (OERTL) while assessing how the changes in the emergency could affect the safety of other (OER) team members
  • Use safe working practices and follow site-specific procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to choose and operate flush foam firefighting equipment
  • Extinguish a fire and secure an area
  • Conduct breathing apparatus operation by safe practices
  • Conduct effective search and rescue operations during emergencies
  • Demonstrate correct casualty handling and recovery techniques
  • The use of Breathing Apparatus (BA) in rescuer and fighting fire.

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4 thoughts on “Professional Certification Courses in Oil and Gas in Nigeria 2024”

  1. I am post graduate of Civil Engineering. I really want to run one or two oil and gas courses so as to enable me work in oil and gas.
    How can I go about it here in Nigeria.

        • There are several oil and gas training institutes in Warri, Nigeria. Here are a few examples:

          1. Petroleum Training Institute: This federal government-owned institute is located in Effurun, near Warri. The institute offers various courses in oil and gas-related fields, including drilling technology, petrochemicals, pipeline engineering, and more.

          2. Delta State University Consultancy Services Limited: Delta State University’s consultancy arm is in Warri. The institute offers training programs in oil and gas-related fields, including drilling and well completions, safety management, and production optimization.

          3. Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited Training Center: This training centre was established by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited in Warri. The centre offers various training programs in oil and gas fields, including upstream operations, health, safety, and the environment.

          4. West African Training Center: This private training centre in Warri, offers various courses in oil and gas-related fields, including drilling and well completions, health, safety, environment, and more.

          It’s important to note that there may be other oil and gas training institutes in Warri, and it’s important to do your research and choose an institute that meets your specific needs and interests.


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