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NT university signs oil and gas training deal with WA’s Challenger Institute

A new training partnership between Challenger Institute of Technology and Charles Darwin University (CDU) will assist in providing skilled workers for the Northern Territory’s burgeoning oil and gas industry.

The memorandum of understanding recently signed by the institutions will enable CDU to deliver a certificate course in process operations at Challenger’s Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) in Munster, south of Perth.

ACEPT is a provider of training for the oil and gas sector and attracts students from across Australia.

Under the memorandum, CDU students studying the eight-week Certificate II in Process Operations course will spend a week at ACEPT’s full-scale process plant in Perth. This will enable them to gain invaluable hands-on experience in a real-life industry environment.

“The newly signed partnership with CDU, along with a range of new remote, real-time training initiatives will reduce the time required by students based in the Northern Territory to be on-site at ACEPT,” said Challenger’s General Manager of Training Services Jill Jamieson.

“Students will learn a range of underpinning skills and knowledge at CDU before attending ACEPT to apply these skills on their specialist training facilities.”

NT university signs oil, gas training deal with WA’s Challenger Institute.

CDU’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said the memorandum marks the beginning of future initiatives between Challenger and CDU.

“I will work with Challenger to assess how we may be able to support them to develop pathways to higher education for their students. We have an outstanding Bachelor of Engineering program that could be beneficial for both institutions, students and industry clients,” Professor Glover said.

It is anticipated that the Certificate II in Process Operations course will be offered by CDU for the first time by mid-year.

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