Certification of Natural Gas Industry Expertise

A candidate must demonstrate to Mennta Energy Solutions that they have earned the Certification of Natural Gas Industry Expertise through successful completion of 16 online courses and one comprehensive final written exam.

The learning objectives of the 11 mandatory courses and 5 electives will combine to develop a strong foundational knowledge of the natural gas industry in order to successfully write the final exam.

 11 MANDATORY COURSES  
 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
 Overview of the Gas Value Chain
  • Recognize the main value creation steps in the natural gas industry and its trends
  • Recognize the characteristics and qualities of natural gas
  • Distinguish between the resources yielding natural gas
  • Point out how transport and storage create value
  • Distinguish between the different gas trading markets and the instruments used
 Overview of North American Energy Pipelines
  • List the types of materials carried by energy pipelines, and describe their important physical characteristics
  • Identify the types of pipeline that make up the North American pipeline network
  • Recognize the basic geography of energy production, consumption and transportation in the USA and Canada
  • Point out how energy pipelines are constructed and their physical operation
  • Distinguish between liquids and gas pipelines in how they differ from each other in their operations
  • Recognize how oil pipelines handle the transportation of multiple different qualities of material
  • Select some of North America’s major pipeline routes, key pipelines and operating companies
  • Identify how the pipeline networks have been adapted to cope with the transportation requirements of unconventional oil and gas production
  • Point out the challenges facing the US and Canadian pipeline industry
 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
 The Emerging US LNG Export Marketplace
  • Identify the drivers behind US LNG exports
  • Point out the regulatory and permitting processes
  • Recognize the development plans for US export terminals
  • Identify global LNG market fundamentals
  • Select LNG pricing mechanisms
  • Identify arbitrage and supply opportunities
  • Identify competing LNG export projects
 European Gas: Security of Supply
  • Recognise how and why Europe has come to rely on imported gas, and on Russian gas in particular
  • Point out how Russian gas gets to Europe, and how this may change with new pipeline and LNG infrastructure projects
  • Identify how gas is priced, and how prices that Russia and Ukraine have been disputing compare to other international prices
  • Identify how the disputes between Russia and Ukraine arose, and how they might eventually be resolved
 The Global Impact of the US Shale Revolution
  • Recognize the impact that the growth in US shale oil and gas production has had on the global energy market.
  • Identify the way that it has affected trade flows in the crude oil market, the role of Saudi Arabia in oil supply and petroleum product export patterns.
  • Point out the changes in the feedstocks used for producing key petrochemicals.
  • Distinguish how US coal exports have influenced the fuel mix for power generation in Europe.
  • Recognize how US LNG exports will impact the global LNG market, and, potentially, begin to change the way LNG is priced.
 Natural Gas in a Decarbonizing World
  • Point out the advantages and disadvantages of natural gas compared to other energy sources in a low-carbon energy policy environment
  • Identify how existing natural gas storage and transmission infrastructure could be repurposed to handle non-fossil-fuel energy
  • Select the key reasons why natural gas is preferable to other fossil fuels in a decarbonizing world
  • Recognize the potential of natural gas to complement renewable power generation
  • Distinguish between possible applications of natural gas in road transportation
  • Identify the drivers behind the adoption of natural gas as a shipping fuel
  • Distinguish between biogas and biomethane, and identify how they are produced
  • Identify how wind and solar energy could be used to create combustible gases, and why this would be of benefit

 5 ELECTIVE COURSES

Certification of Natural Gas Industry Expertise Requirements and Application

  • 11 mandatory online courses
  • 5 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 16 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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