At IFP Training, our commitment is to fit our services to your needs.
This is why all our courses can be tailor-made and delivered in-house. We come to you with specific, multidisciplinary proficiency programs elaborated after a thorough analysis of your requirements, needs and objectives. We also adjust existing, or develop new programs to guarantee that you will always receive a comprehensive training solution adapted to your unique challenges. Our programs are designed to enhance your level of expertise and to address any local operational concerns you have.
Our 40 years of existence are a result of long-term partnerships developed with international clients who trusted our unparalleled capacity to deliver diverse, in-depth and targeted training solutions in their own business environment.
In recognition of its achievements, IFP Training won the 2013 Getenergy Award in the Partnership of the Year category.
We encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can help you engineer the in-house training that is right for you.
In the meantime, we invite you to discover some of our most recent success stories below.
- Master’s in Petroleum Engineering, Gabon Oil and Gas Institute (IPG)
After eight weeks of preparatory courses taught by the École Polytechnique de Masuku, the first IPG-IFP Training Master’s program began on March 3, 2014. The student group is comprised of 15 people, all of Gabonese citizenship. The students are set to complete their PETROLEUM ENGINEERING Master’s in June 2015 after 180 days of theoretical and practical courses taught by IFP Training, followed by a five-month internship in a company, ongoing evaluations and a viva voce examination of their internship report before a jury.
The two parties (IPG and IFP Training) have agreed that three (3) consecutive sessions of the Master’s program will be held.
The IFPT/IPG partnership, started in late 2010, has already resulted in the certification of approximately fifty production operators through four “Accredited Operator” training programs between the end of 2010 and September 2013.
- Master’s Petroleum Engineering and Project Development, IPS, Nigeria
In 2014, IFP Training together with IFP School are holding the 11th session of the “Petroleum Engineering and Project Development” Master’s in Nigeria.
This program is the oldest spin-off operation. It was launched in 2003 in association with IFP School, the University of Port Harcourt and the Nigerian Total subsidiary. It is taught in English and covers the fields of Petroleum Engineering and Project Management. Participants in this one-year program are young engineers selected after a competitive examination and interview. To date, the total number of graduates is 197.
IFP School and IFP Training launched the spin-off concept in 2002 as a result of an initial operation in Angola. It involves developing local skills by offering applied engineering training programs in oil and/or gas producing countries, with the support of a local academic partner and an industrial sponsor. These spin-off operations not only train Operational professionals for the country in question, but also ensure a medium-term transfer of competence. Spin-off students complete the entire course at the partner institution outside of France and receive a diploma co-signed by IFP School.
- Upstream Professional Training, OSADNP (Nigeria)
Since the end of 2013, IFP Training has welcomed two groups of young engineers sponsored by the Nigerian government (OSADNP).
The candidates are all graduates of Nigerian institutes, universities or schools. Their backgrounds vary widely (Process Engineers, Geologists, Geophysicists, Chemical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, etc.). The majority of them have no professional experience. Some come from oil service companies or have a first experience in engineering.
Twenty are being trained in Production Engineering and the other 20 in Reservoir Engineering. Each of these programs lasts 200 days.
The Production program covers the entire production chain (from subsurface to point of export, including HSE issues, well productivity, operation and maintenance of surface facilities, processes, specific offshore issues, etc.). The Reservoir Engineering program addresses geology and petroleum geophysics, reservoir fluids, risks and uncertainties, reservoir engineering, static and dynamic simulation, etc.
Trips are scheduled to Pau (IWCF certification), Poitiers and Lodève (field trips), Lacq (tours of facilities and simulation) and Martigues (workshop).
This type of program is expected to be renewed in 2015.
- Production Engineer, Total Congo-Angola-Nigeria and Perenco Gabon
A three-month program aimed at training Production Engineers. The training covers all disciplines involved in the development of an oil or gas field: from Reservoir Engineering to E&P Economics and Project Management through drilling, downhole production, oil field effluent treatment, treatment equipment technology, safety in surface production facilities, etc.
This engineer training ends with an oil field development project incorporating all concepts covered during the program that students must defend before a jury of recognized oil and gas industry experts.
Other clients: Total SA and subsidiaries, SBM, ministries of Congo, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mabruk Oil, Perenco and subsidiaries, Yemen LNG.
- Well Drilling, Total and subsidiaries, ADNOC
The “Drilling and Completion Engineering” course is a certifying course lasting 18 to 20 weeks. It provides the fundamentals to all aspects a supervisor or junior engineer must be familiar with before participating in drilling rig operations. This is ADNOC’s second edition with 14 participants this year, four more than the previous edition. The last two weeks are reserved for the preparation of a drilling project covering the fields of completion architecture, casing, fluids, cementing and planning. This project is presented before a jury comprised of Total, ADNOC and IFP Training representatives.
Several other sessions are planned for late 2014 and 2015.
- Production and/or Maintenance Operators, Shell Gabon
At the request of SHELL Gabon, IFP Training is currently teaching a program to train 200 production operators and technicians in the fundamentals of their disciplines, namely:
- Processes and surface production facilities
- Maintenance and inspection of rotating machines
- HSE during operations
This professionalization program began on April 7 and will extend through the year 2014, with 23 courses scheduled and more than 160 training days spread over three training sites: Gambia, Port-Gentil and Libreville.
This cooperative effort is expected to continue in upcoming years with the goal of consolidating the skills acquired by the operators and technicians of Shell Gabon so that they can continue to operate their facilities efficiently and safely.
- Operator Certification, Total Austral and Total EP Bolivia
Certified Production Operator training course for Total Austral and Total EP Bolivia taught in Spanish in Argentina. This is a one-year work-linked training program customized for the operation of natural gas production facilities.
Number of trainees: two groups of 15 comprised of both Argentines and Bolivians.
The training course alternates between theoretical and practical courses on Total Austral’s production sites; it ends with a long internship during which the trainees work as operators under supervision. Total Austral’s trainers contribute to the implementation of the program alongside IFP Training since they supervise all activities on site, as well as a portion of the theoretical training.
- Operator Certification, Zadco/Abu Dhabi
Production Operator certification course: A 17-month work-linked training program on operating primary oil and gas production facilities. The program has been customized to ZADCO’s assets by trainers from the ZADCO training centre who are assisting IFP Training with the program.
The training alternates between theoretical and practical courses on Total Austral’s production sites; it ends with a long period of practical experience in that position.
Number of trainees: 14
- Superintendents, Total Angola, Nigeria, Congo, Gabon and Yemen, Perenco Cameroon,
Congo and Gabon, Foxtrot, Sonangol and Addax Gabon
IFP Training is offering 12-week training sessions in English and French for people planning on assuming a position as Surface Production Superintendents (37 sessions conducted to date), Maintenance Superintendents (2 sessions conducted in 2012-2013) or as HSE Superintendents (1 session conducted in 2013). These training programs give trainees an overview of E&P operations and help them acquire technical and HSE-related knowledge along with training in developing team building and communication skills. A number of companies use these training sessions to develop the skills of relevant personnel.
- Panel Operator, Total Nigeria-Angola-Congo, Perenco Gabon
Development of initial training for panel operators with the following objectives:
- Acquire the safety mind-set and behavior needed to safely manage facilities
- Adopt good management practices (a proactive approach, anticipation, analysis)
- Accelerate the integration of future panel operators
This 35-day course is addressed to experience outside operators and stresses the importance of learning through practice: over half of the training time is spent on a simulator, simulating a facility control room (shift handovers, degraded situations, process deviations, transient conditions, etc.).
The course relies on world-class dynamic simulators replicating a DCS interface: an integrated FPSO simulator and partial simulators (oil processing chain; gas processing chain; subsea production system; storage and export).
- RCM, ARAMCO, KOC, Total Angola, Sonatrach, Sonangol
Training aimed at characterizing and modelling a geological reservoir based on actual case studies and situation scenarios, via individual and group work, according to efficient and effective workflows.
Duration: 8 weeks. Other clients: TOTAL subsidiaries, PDO, Perenco.
- LET, Petroci, Bollore Africa Logistic, Total Nigeria-Gabon-Congo
Logistics training for engineers (land, air, sea, logistics base, storage, etc.) with field trips and a final project presented before a jury.
Duration: 7 weeks. Other clients: TOTAL, Maerskoil, Soco EP.
- Implementation of a new process in a plant, Lanxess Elastomeres
In 2013, IFP Training developed a comprehensive and fully customized training program for Lanxess Elastomeres, following the implementation of a new “work permit”:
- Analyzing and fostering ownership of the new process
- Designing and rolling out training for all relevant employees and subcontracted personnel (20 sessions for some 150 people)
- Working on-site during the procedure launch week, in direct contact with training stakeholders
- Gathering, formulating and reporting feedback
- Start-up a process unit, TOTAL
For example, the TOTAL Raff Hydrocraker in Normandy, a fully customized training program in conjunction with the customer was developed to:
- Enable two trainer engineers to learn about the specific characteristics of the new unit, in order to develop content and media focused on the procedure and the specific characteristics of the unit and new equipment: 76 days in total spent with the project team!
- Define and prepare training sessions on high-fidelity dynamic process simulators, based on specific start-up procedures and scenarios developed with one of the customer’s experts
- Roll out the procedure and unit knowledge courses to all technical staff (operations, mechanical maintenance, instrumentation/electricity/analyzers maintenance, safety, laboratory, etc.) over six sessions lasting ten days
- Roll out simulator training to all operating staff, from outside operators to supervisors
- Plant staff development assistance
For plants wishing to develop the skills of their operating staff (SOGARA refinery, Gabon), IFP Training:
- Analyses the challenges facing the plant (current staff experience, age pyramid, knowledge of projected developments at various levels)
- Devises a mechanism to measure the knowledge of development candidates, with one mechanism per group (a total of around forty people)
- Deploys this mechanism on-site
- Analyses the results, highlights the development potential of each candidate, and the assistance they require
- Training for all technical staff in a new plant, SATORP refinery, Al Jubail, KSA
2010-2011: design, in partnership with the customer, and development of two qualification-based training programs (in collaboration with IFP School) for two groups of Process/Operations Engineers, adapted to the specific needs of the project’s process units.
2013: development of a set of refreshment courses targeted at operating and maintenance staff, upstream of start-up operations.
2013-2014-2015: launch of three Operator Certification training courses, for recently hired outside operators, with training for tutors and on-site coaching of young people recruited during inter-module periods.
2013: development of a “SATORP catalogue” to drive the deployment of the plant’s Training Plan 2014 – 2015 – 2016, made up of short courses specifically designed to meet the needs of SATORP, in content and length, and mainly aimed at:
- Improving the technical development of console operators and shift operators
- Developing a training curriculum for newly hired engineers
- 2014-2015-2016: deploying programs as part of the plant’s training plan, based on the program devised for each group
- Safety Engineering, Sonatrach
Designing the training program jointly with the customer (Sonatrach) for Industrial Safety Engineers - Prevention Option or Intervention Option.
Aimed at Engineers from different backgrounds, who need to master each component of this position.
Using Sonatrach’s resources, on the one hand, to produce modules in Algeria and to supervise young engineers during practical stages on the other hand.
Training provided to some 400 engineers, currently in position.
- Technical Steering Committee for Operator Certification
Periodic re-registration process: authorizing IFP Training to award OPERATOR CERTIFICATION based on regular meetings of a Technical Steering Committee (TSC).
The aim of the TSC is to define the developments required by the industry, particularly in the light of business line developments and the “characteristics” of the young people in need of training.
A key forum for IFP Training and manufacturers, over the last 30 years TSC meetings have allowed us to:
- Open up the program initially designed for refining to petrochemicals, chemicals in the broad sense (organic chemical products, mineral chemical products, fertilizers, additives, etc.) by developing content adapted to these business lines
- Adapt training to personality developments
- Design of “field behavior” seminars
- Development of soft skills (oral and written communication, curiosity, etc.)