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Petroleum and Natural Gas CE/T Standards Symposium (Historical)

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Chevron Building Auditorium, Houston, Texas USA

October 2, 2019

8:00 am–4:30 pm CDT (Expired)

IACET announces the second annual Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG) Continuing Education and Training Standards Symposium to be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at the Chevron Auditorium in Houston, Texas, USA. The IACET Petroleum and Natural Gas Continuing Education and Training Standards (CE/T) Symposium is brought to you by the IACET Petroleum and Natural Gas Advisory Board.

Thanks for attending. Planning for the 2020 Symposium is underway. To assist in the planning of future symposiums, attendees are invited to provide feedback on the 2019 event by completing the survey.

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The symposium is designed to promote high-quality continuing education and training standards for one of the most important and dangerous industries in the world. Those attending the symposium will:

  • Identify the reasons for maintaining high CE/T standards.
  • Hear from industry leaders about strategies they have used to raise standards and control costs.
  • Learn how to establish a return on investment from the world's leading expert on training ROI.
  • Learn to deploy research-backed learning strategies for engineers and field workers.  
  • Learn how the Petroleum and Natural Gas Addendum to the ANSI/IACET 1-2018 Standard for Continuing Education and Training strengthens the quality and addresses other industry requirements.
  • Develop new strategies for raising the bar with existing resources.
  • See exemplary training programs as part of the PNG Exemplar Continuing Education and Training Award. 

Nominate an organization for a training award!

The brief online forms for making nominations is below:

Deadline for nominations is September 20, 2019.

The Symposium is designed for leaders of all levels within the organization who need a vision, strategies, tactics and new ideas for how to improve quality CE/T within the organization.

Why attend the 2019 Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG) CE/T Symposium?

Consider the need for higher education, training and competency standards in PNG:

  • Lack of quality training is the #1 cause for non-productive time (NPT) - billions of dollars of loss per year. Service companies must comply with a mandatory requirement for SEMS (30CFR, 250); API Spec Q1, and API Spec Q2, among others.
  • Lack of quality training is the #2 cause for all incident investigations for upstream services.
  • Lack of quality training is the #1 concern as the industry recovers. 2014 to Present - industry has experienced a 300,000 reduction in its workforce.
  • Improving training ranks among the top two opportunities for improving efficiencies and reducing costs.
  • Training is mandated by operators internationally.

Source: IACET Petroleum and Natural Gas Advisory Board

IACET PNG Symposium will help small, medium and large organizations align with high standards that will keep their organizations and people safe and productive. In addition, the symposium planners are working to ensure the day is interactive and engaging.  There will be value to being onsite for this exciting event.

Tentative Schedule

Time Session Topic Presenter
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Networking Breakfast  
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Safety Brief from IACET Chairman & CEO Peter Finn, IACET Chairman
Jim Barnes, Interim IACET CEO
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Importance of Training in the Oil and Gas Industry

This session will explore the driving factors behind the need for quality CE/T standards in the PNG Industry. Session outcomes: Emphasize the importance of PNG training standards and identify the implications of low standards.

Stacy Eng, Chevron's Chief Learning and Talent Officer.

Part 1
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Getting to Kirkpatrick® Levels 3 and 4: Creating Believable Value

Training is still "on trial," charged with incurring expenses in excess of the value it provides to the organization. Training must reinvent itself and transcend the classroom. Attend this thought-provoking session to learn how to structure initiatives so they enhance on-the-job performance and impact the bottom line. Learn directly from the creators of the Kirkpatrick Model the newest way to implement the four levels. This program will focus on tactics at Levels 3 and 4, and you will discuss ideas that you can implement in your own organization. 


After this session, you will be able to:

  • Explain why starting with desired results in mind is critical for any initiative to be successful.
  • List specific tactics for influencing on-the-job behavior.
  • Identify elements of a program plan that enhance on-the-job behavior and bottom-line results.
Dr. Jim Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick Partners
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Morning Break  
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Executive Round Table Discussion:Getting to Kirkpatrick® Levels 3 and 4: Creating Believable Value  
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Relation between Quality Training & Regulatory Standards
This session will explore the driving factors behind the need for quality training and competency standards. Session outcomes: Emphasize the importance of PNG training standards, identifying the implications of low standards.

Dr. Alton Payne, Chief, Standards Development, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The IACET 1 with PNG Endorsement - Value Proposition

This session will provide of the IACET 1 PNG Standard and its importance and impact it is having on the Petroleum & Natural Gas Industry.

Session Outcomes:

  • Attendees will be provided an overview of the critical parts of the ANSI/IACET 1 Standard with the PNG Requirements.
  • Understand how the additional PNG requirements align to PNG regulations and industry standards/specifications.
Bryan Wollam,PNG Chairman

12:00 p.m. -12:45 p.m.

2019 PNG Awards Luncheon & Resolutions of Appreciations for Board Members

Presentation of the IACET PNG Exemplar Training Organization Award Presentation, Distinguished Service Award.

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

IACET 1-2018 PNG Standard Beta Testing and Pilot Process & Results

Panel discussion with the Pilot participants.

Chris Willoughby, Trinidad Drilling
Mayra Maese, ENERGY worldnet, Inc.
Alton Payne, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Sundas Pasha, Parker Drilling
Bonnie Trahan, Auditor
Bryan Wollam, Wollam Groups

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The IACET Petroleum and Natural Gas Advisory Board Questions & Answers

The IACET PNG Board members will discuss unique requirements, the quality control accreditation processes and what applying companies should expect.

Session Outcomes

  • Attendees will understand the value proposition and the process for accreditation in the Petroleum & Natural Gas Industry
Tye Lawson Beard, ASTM International Tony Lee, Mid-South Technologies Marie Martin, Chevron Bryan Wollam, Wollam Groups
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Afternoon Break  
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Future Fitting Organizations - Preparing for the 2030 Workforce

The pace of technological advancement in training and development is accelerating. By 2030, the changes in the education landscape will require re-skilling and up-skilling of employees to keep up with new demands forced by technology in the oil and gas industry.  This interactive presentation covers emerging trends that will help shape the future of work.

By the end of this session you will be able to identify and explain:

  • What the 2030 workforce will look like,
  • Technology and tools driving the change,
  • The skills required to navigate in a 2030 workforce,
  • Considerations for how to “future fit” your organizations.

Brittney Gibson, ASTM International

3:15 p.m - 4:00 p.m.

Maintaining Quality Standards - A view from the trenches

This session will provide an overview of one of the industry's newest standards, the IACET Petroleum, and Natural Gas Standard for Continuing Education and Training and feature results from providers who recently completed an accreditation pilot study revealing how high standards can help an organization's bottom line. Be prepared to receive a practical analysis and recommendations on how standards can be applied and the difference it makes.

Mayra Maese, Senior Vice President, Education & Compliance -  EWN Energy Worldnet
4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks – How to get involved

Will provide an overview on IACET support to the PNG Industry and how oil and gas companies can get involved.

Andrew Kauser


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