By Hilton Price
The constant evolution and innovation of the energy industry presents an ongoing challenge for both new and experienced workers. For graduating students entering the industry, there is a need to supplement education with specific training, to ensure they will have the necessary skills as they begin their new careers. For the existing workforce, the need to stay up-to-date is constant, and workers who don’t stay current risk missed advancement opportunities or even replacement. Luckily, both groups are being served by training and certification courses available across the country, and abroad. Whether it’s long-form basic training in a specific energy segment, or short courses providing the latest in industry advances, students of all levels have many choices.
Choosing a Provider
The first step in the path to continued education or training is making choices. Prospective students need to know exactly what they hope to achieve. Most facilities are clear about exactly what their classes will offer. Comparing what’s available against a student’s needs is crucial to making the best use of one’s time and training.
Students in need of comprehensive energy education are only one segment of the potential trainee pool. A glance at Pennenergy.com’s home page shows how fast the industry is evolving. That constant change means nearly everyone in the industry could benefit from supplemental education. That’s available in a variety of forms, from short training classes with only a single session to lengthy courses requiring a weekly commitment for several months.
Making a Switch
There are also people interested in switching companies, or even moving to a different energy industry altogether. For them, comparing the offerings of a specific class or course against the requirements of a current or desired job can help make the best choice. Training is available in every segment of the industry, from introductions to renewables to intense studies on the growth of the petroleum industry.
Going the Distance
There is also a question of location. With training facilities located around the country and the world, there is no shortage of available educational opportunities located close to some of the industry’s biggest employers. Likewise, for students and trainees unable or unwilling to travel far, a facility within a reasonable distance is almost a guarantee.
Paying the Bills
Finally, there’s the issue of financing. Some facilities offer financial assistance, while some require greater out-of-pocket expense. This information is readily available. Knowing one’s financial resources and what’s available within those restraints can make the decision for some students before any other factors are considered. Luckily, even within those constraints, students should still be able to find multiple choices.
Begin the Journey
Whether it’s a complete informational overhaul or a simple supplement to years of training, education is out there. Industry, location, cost, and course contents; these factors are easy to find online and by request. We’ve provided a list below to get you started. Whether you’re ready to begin your journey into natural gas or add the latest hydropower research to your personal knowledge base, in the end, the most important energy is your own.
Training Opportunities for the Energy Industry:
Power Generation University
Comprehensive continuing education courses for power generation professionals
Training institute focused on solar and wind power.
Heatspring Learning Institute
Provides courses in solar and geothermal energy
California Wind Tech
Provides entry-level wind training
Offers training in solar and other green energy sources
B&W Babcock & Wilcox
Offers training seminars in Biomass boiler technology.
Solar Energy International
Renewable energy education available from certified solar energy trainers and certified Solar installers.
National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium
Based out of West Virginia University, this group offers training in alternative fuels.
provides comprehensive education as a bridge between university training and industry positions.
Airstreams Renewables, Inc.
Offers accelerated career training programs in wind and renewable energy.
Petroleum Education Workshops
Education and training for oil and gas personnel
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Offer training and professional competency programs.
American Petroleum Institute
Offers training and certification classes.
Provides training in topics spanning the industry, from Exploration & Production to Surface Facilities, Operations & Maintenance, and HSE.
Provides oil & gas skill training and workforce development.
The Petroleum Institute for Continuing Education is a privately held training organization established in 1998, offering short courses and seminars.
PetroEdge is a specialist Oil & Gas training provider headquartered in Asia.
GTI provides education and training in gas distribution, transmission, supply, and marketing.
Industrial Training Services
Provides training and qualification for the gas industry.
Southern Gas Association
Offers natural gas education and training.
Energy to Succeed
By Hilton Price