PROJECT: Standardization of Training and Education for the Oil Industry in South Africa

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The agreement between SOTS and Western Cape FET colleges is to establish a framework within educational development: to develop opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in promoting and delivering education effectively in such specialized areas as:

  • oil and gas;
  • safety and environment;
  • mechanical and electrical;
  • welding, building, scaffolding;
  • and others.

Partners in the project:


Development of specialized courses delivered in South Africa for the sub-Saharan Oil & Gas industry

South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) is a maritime training academy situated in Simons Town, South Africa. Focus is predominantly on the provision of simulator based training. A signed Joint Venture is signed with SOTS to develop specialized courses delivered in South Africa for the sub-Saharan Oil & Gas industry.
Read more about the academy here.



Network in Training and Education within Oil and Gas, Safety and Environment

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A partnership was established early on in 2012 between Vinnuháskúlin Centre of Maritime Studies and Engineering, Akureyri Comprehensive College, Greenland School of Minerals and Petroleum and Stavanger Offshore Technical College. The project was developed with the main goal of establishing an innovative network of quality within oil and gas education and training, while taking into account environmental and safety issues.

The overall aim of this project involving educational providers from the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Norway is to place partners, who are new to the oil and gas industry, on an equal level of competitivity in the international market when it comes to their capacity to offer training and education in related specialized areas. Project FING has received approval for funding from NORA and Nordplus.

Project FING website –

Partners in the project:

  • Vinnuháskúlin Centre of Maritime Studies and Engineering is a vocational maritime school located in Tórshavn. It offers three year shipmaster and marine engineer courses as well as other maritime related courses. It was established in 2005 after the merger of the Faroese Nautical School, the Engineers School and the Faroese Firefighting School.
    Read more about the school here.


eterjSOTS has been collaborating closely with Escola Técnica do Rio de Janeiro (ETERJ), a local vocational school in Rio de Janeiro since 2013. Both parties are committed to developing specialized training and education programs in Oil & Gas for the Brazilian market. These courses are being offered to interested parties, whether from the industry or private sectors.

Tailor-made courses are also developed upon request for customers interested in further advancing skills development for personnel working both onshore and offshore.

In May 2014, SOTS/ETERJ started a course specifically aimed at those interested in working offshore Drilling Departments, in positions up to and including Derrickman. The course content is based on Norwegian standards and curriculum but designed for the Brazilian Oil & Gas industry. Classes are held in Portuguese.

Read more about the school here.


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Aker Solutions Well Service –
Cooperation on various joint ventures from training to use of facilities.

Chinese rig company with offices in Stavanger. COSL has provided a pipe-handling simulator for joint use at SOTS facilities.

Odebrecht Oil & Gas –
SOTS has developed an OJT program for OOG offshore drilling department.

Seadrill –
Cooperation on several projects. Online training program Technical College Petroleum (TCP) was developed exclusively for Seadrill personnel.

Songa Offshore –
Partnership established for a fast-track training program.

Statoil –
The framework agreement encompasses technical training on national and international levels.

Weatherford –
Cooperation on varied industry related projects.


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The partners of the consortium (SOTS, Petrad and Energiring) have signed a memorandum of collaboration agreement, committing themselves to deliver high quality courses, workshops, seminars, and other programs under the Energiring lead, on demand from Iranian authorities, industries, and R&D organizations.


Offshore Training Centre (Poland) –
offshore_training_centreCooperation between SOTS Course Centre and Offshore Training Centre allows Polish offshore workers to receive Norwegian Oil and Gas Association approved offshore training.


Norwegian Petroleum Directorate –
od-stor-fargeCooperation has taken place on several projects. One such project was for Inspectors Training for Compliance Monitoring in the Sudanese Petroleum Industry. PTIL and KLIF were also involved.


GALA Translations –
gala_logoAn MoU has been signed to promote Oil & Gas Knowledge Transfer between Norway and Kazakhstan. GALA Translations is a multi-business translations company offering a wide range of translation and interpretation services, education and training and business support, with offices in: Astana, Aktau, Atyrau, Almaty, Kazakhstan and Baku, Azerbaijan.


The Marine, Oil & Gas Academy (MOGA) –
moga_academy-logoThe Marine, Oil & Gas Academy (MOGA) is a portal for skills development in the Marine, Oil & Gas sectors developed by the South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA) and aims to facilitate coordination of the various skills initiatives from industry, government and training by allowing participants to highlight their initiatives. The aim of the virtual Academy is to facilitate coordination of the various skills initiatives from industry, government and training by allowing participants to highlight their initiatives.