Vocational Certificate

Production Supervisor Certification


Who should attend?

  • This course provides the required skills and comprehensive knowledge to hold the position of Production Supervisor and ensure safe and efficient operations in upstream Oil & Gas facilities.
Audience :
  • Current or future production supervisors in Oil & Gas production, transport or storage facilities.

Level : Foundation

Course Content


      • Fundamentals of chemistry: atoms, molecules, atomic weight, molecular weight.
      • Hydrocarbons types and main characteristics.
      • Applied physics: force, work and energy, temperature, thermal energy and heat transfer, pressure, hydrostatics, hydrodynamics and friction losses.
      • Well effluent: composition, types and characterization parameters.
      • Liquid-vapor equilibrium of pure components and mixtures.
      • Well effluents behavior. Need for effluents field processing. Specifications.

      • Fundamentals of reservoir engineering.
      • Information on drilling techniques, completion techniques and equipment. Wellhead equipment.
      • Fundamentals of well performance.
      • Artificial lift by Gas Lift (GL), Electrical Submersible Pumps (ESP), Sucker Rod Pumps (SRP), Progressing Cavity Pumps (PCP).
      • Operating principle, selection criteria, operations, troubleshooting.

      • Oil treatment:
      • Stabilization (degassing): principle, process parameters, foaming problems.
      • Dehydration (water removal): principle, process parameters, emulsion problems.
      • Sweetening (H2S removal): different techniques, process parameters.
      • Production and injection water treatment.
      • Gas treatment:
      • Gas dehydration and hydrate formation inhibition.
      • Gas sweetening.
      • NGL extraction/recovery.
      • Fundamentals of LNG.
      • Oil & Gas metering.
      • Terminals, FSO & FPSO, offshore development.
      • Fundamentals of process troubleshooting.

      • Piping and valves. Metallurgy and corrosion.
      • Storage equipment.
      • Thermal equipment.
      • Instrumentation, process control. Distributed Control System (DCS). Electricity.
      • Safety System: HIPS, ESD, EDP, F&G, USS.

      • Pumps: centrifugal and positive displacement.
      • Compressors: centrifugal and reciprocating.
      • Gas turbines.

      • Troubleshooting methodology:
      • Troubleshooting flowchart.
      • Recognize a trouble when occurring.
      • Methodological approach to identify causes and remedial options. Action plan.
      • Implement operational/design modification.
      • Troubleshooting toolbox.
      • Case study. Feedbacks from industry.
      • Troubleshooting in control room operations (on dynamic simulator):
      • Use of DCS tools (trends, historical, alarm summary…) to anticipate deviations, identify and react to common production operations problems.
      • Surface production units operation and troubleshooting: wells and production lines. Rotating machines. Oil & Gas treatment.
      • Production facilities start-up and shutdown.
      • Troubleshooting mini-project on real case studies.
  • HSE

      • Main HSE risks.
      • Hazards for personnel.
      • HSE in production operations.
      • HSE in construction and maintenance works.
      • Risks inherent to SIMultaneous OPerationS (SIMOPS).
      • HSE management. Responsibilities.
      • Risk analysis. Safety Engineering concepts.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • explain fundamental concepts underlying oil, water and gas processing,
  • grasp technical details and operating issues of completion and artificial lift,
  • detail typical effluent processing techniques and impact of various operating parameters,
  • describe technology and operation of static equipment and rotating machinery used in production facilities,
  • identify HSE risks linked to operations, constraints and maintenance activities,
  • analyze Oil & Gas processing operations using DCS, suggest and implement adapted solutions,
  • detect and react to abnormal conditions in a structured manner by implementing troubleshooting best practices, using DCS tools readily available.

Ways & Means

  • Highly interactive training by experienced lecturers.
  • Numerous examples taken from the industry and case studies derived from actual situations.
  • Analysis and troubleshooting of actual production operations problems using a dynamic simulator.


  • An international recognition of your competencies.
  • A Vocational Certificate is delivered.
  • An expertise confirmed in Production Supervisor .
  • Ready-to-use skills.