Certification of Energy Industry Expertise

A candidate must demonstrate to The Oxford Princeton Programme that they have earned the Certification of Energy Industry Expertise through successful completion of fifteen web-based courses and one comprehensive final written exam.

The learning objectives of the ten mandatory courses and five electives will combine to develop a strong foundational knowledge of the primary energy industries in order to successfully write the final exam.

 TEN MANDATORY COURSES  
 Introduction to the Oil Industry
  • Recognize the steps of oil exploration
  • Identify the production process
  • Identify the stages of refining
  • Distinguish between logistics, distribution, and- marketing
  • Identify oil industry development and structure
  • Point out the basics of oil markets and marketings
 Introduction to the Power Industry
  • Distinguish between the physical basis of electricity generation and transmission
  • Identify some key figures and events in the development of the electric power industry
  • Identify the main types of generation plant and their characteristics
  • Distinguish between the main components of a conventional thermal power plant and understand their roles
  • Recognize the principles and aims of electricity market liberalization
  • Select the major types of participant in the markets and their roles
  • Identify the basic principles of electricity market design and be aware of the range of different models in use
  • Distinguish the main types of trading activity and traded instruments in electricity markets
 Overview of the Natural Gas Industry
  • Point out natural gas’ unique characteristics
  • Distinguish all components of the natural gas supply chain
  • Identify what valuable products are stripped from the raw gas stream
  • Match storage facilities with specific customer requirements
  • Distinguish between the distinct roles of the various gas market participants
  • Distinguish the differences between natural gas hedging and trading
 Gas Markets and Deregulation
  • Recognize the key elements of gas market deregulation and the terminology used to describe them
  • Distinguish between various different approaches to gas pricing in regulated and deregulated markets
  • Identify the possible stages of liberalization through which a gas market may pass
  • Point out the history of deregulation in the US natural gas market and the European Union gas markets
  • Recognize global progress in gas market deregulation and the state of liberalization in selected key gas markets around the world
  • Identify how trading develops in liberalized gas markets, and which factors can help or hinder the development of active trading markets
 Overview of the Global LNG Market
  • Distinguish between LNG’s unique characteristics, its basic composition and how and how it is produced
  • Identify the processes of locating and producing commercially viable quantities of natural gas
  • Point out how natural gas is turned into a liquid state, turned back into its gaseous state and distributed via natural gas pipelines
  • Identify the use of specialized vessels to transport LNG
  • Recognize the operations and mechanics behind the pricing and selling of LNG and the process of supplying natural gas to end users
 Overview of the Shale Gas Market
  • Identify the definition of shale gas and list where reserves are located, and how much shale gas is being produced
  • Identify the processes of evolution of shale gas development and how production volumes have increased
  • Identify the major producing US shale fields and identify their unique characteristics
  • Distinguish shale gas drilling operations, techniques, costs and production decline rates
  • Identify the challenges to greater shale gas development and international opportunities in Europe and Asia
 Natural Gas Liquids
  • Point out why it is necessary to treat ‘raw’ natural gas
  • Identify the impurities removed during gas processing operations
  • Distinguish between the different processes used to separate the various NGLs
  • Recognize applications for the various NGLs
 Comprehending the Coal Industry
  • Identify how coal was formed millions of years ago and where it is found globally
  • Identify the parameters used to classify coal and the methods used to mine coal
  • Recognize how coal is prepared for end use and moved to markets by different transportation modes
  • Identify the technologies that use coal as an energy source, the byproducts produced from its use and how environmental issues are mitigated
  • Identify global coal markets and how coal is traded
 Overview of the Ethanol Market
  • Recognize biofuels
  • Identify key reasons for the use of biofuels
  • Identify how ethanol is manufactured
  • Point out how ethanol is used with the United States’ fuel supply
  • Identify the challenges associated with ethanol distribution
  • Distinguish between the key industry participants and their respective roles
  • Recognize the impact various government entities have had and will continue to have on the use of biofuels
 Overview of the Renewables Industry
  • Identify renewables
  • Recognize the basic technologies and their commercial status
  • Identify the renewables industry
  • Identify the basic economics and incentives
  • Recognize the environmental issues associated with renewables
 FIVE ELECTIVE COURSES
 Applicants can choose five titles that supplement and expand along their desired training path. The mandatory courses cannot be repeated as an elective.  Electives must be two-hours in length. Please view our entire online training catalogue here.

Certification of Energy Industry Expertise Requirements and Application

  • Ten mandatory online courses
  • Five elective online courses
    • Course length must be two-hours
    • Mandatory courses cannot be repeated as an elective
  • A comprehensive final written exam will be administered after all online courses are completed.
    • Must be completed within 3 months
    • Must receive a 75% to pass final written exam
    • All final exams must be submitted in English
  • Each online course is:
    • Approximately two-hours in length
    • Complete with practice exercises, quizzes and a final exam
  • All 15 online courses must be successfully completed with at least an 80% on each final exam
    • If any exam is failed, you are entitled to take the course again for a re-examination fee of $100.  Final written exam cannot be re-taken.
    • All online courses must be successfully completed within 12-months of commencing the programme
  • Comprehensive Payment Plan
    • 2995 USD
    • 1995 GBP (+VAT for UK based candidates)
  • Flexible Payment Plan
    • Candidates are welcome to purchase the above courses on www.oxfordprincetonlive.com on an individual basis to work towards the certificate and avoid the upfront payment
    • All courses still must be completed within 12-months of commencing the first course
    • Upon completion of the course curriculum, candidates will be subject to a 250USD or 175GBP (+VAT if UK based) examination fee to finish the certificate
    • Please note the Comprehensive Payment Plan provides saving of over 400USD or 350GBP!

 


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