International Oil & Gas Training Academy



ASET International Oil & Gas Training Academy is a trading name of Aberdeen Skills and Enterprise Training Ltd (ASET), a wholly owned subsidiary company of North East Scotland College (NESCol). The Company operates mainly on a commercial basis for the Oil & Gas, Engineering and Construction industries in Process, Maintenance Engineering, Electrical and Ex Hazardous Areas, Emergency Response, Marine, including DP and Stability and Scaffolding on a worldwide basis.  ASET remits all revenue surpluses to NESCol and does not retain any cash or profit.

The Academy has a range of market leading technology and equipment which includes the fully functional ABCOL Oil & Gas Production Training Platform and Delta V Control System; most up-to-date HV / LV switchgear; Hazardous Area Ex Centre; Emergency Response Training Department; Marine Operations, Dynamic Positioning and Semi- Submersible and Jack-Up Training Simulator - ensuring that delegates are trained and develop new skills in a realistic but safe environment. “Reality without the risk”.

ASET - Skills training that works for the  Oil & Gas, Engineering and Construction Industries.



  • Upstream and Downstream Oil & Gas Production and Maintenance Technicians
  • New entrants
  • Industry Apprentices
  • Semi-experienced Technicians
  • Experienced Technicians
  • Senior Management including Offshore Installation Manager and Control Room Operator
  • Dynamic Positioning Operators
  • Semi-Submersible and Jack-Up Rig Operational Personnel


  • Oil & Gas Production and Maintenance Technician training
  • Electrical and Ex training
  • Emergency Response training
  • Marine & Radiotelephony training
  • Health & Safety training
  • Assessor and Verifier Qualifications
  • Scaffolding Training
  • ECITB Technical Trade Tests

Core Provision:

  • UK Oil & Ga Industry - Oil & Gas Technician Apprenticeship Programme (OGTAP)
  • Overseas Company Sponsored Long Courses
  • Over 100 Competence Based Short Courses
  • On-the -job training
  • In-country training overseas
  • Technical Trade Testing

Specialised Consultancy

  • EX Hazardous Areas Equipment Inspection & Maintenance on live plant at overseas locations
  • Overseas Capacity Building
    • Consultancy & Project Management
    • Oil & Gas Technical Training Centre Design
    • Functional specification on infrastructure, technology, equipment and materials
    • Exclusive SCQF Level 7 Train-the-Trainer professional qualification in Process, Electrical, Mechanical and Instrumentation Engineering
    • License of exclusive ASET Training Curriculum
    • Health & Safety Consultancy and Management
    • Quality Assurance Management
    • International Awarding Body Approvals
    • Highly qualified and experienced ASET Vocational Training Instructors / Assessors

City & Guilds Credit Rated and Levelled Courses

ASET’s exclusive range of City & Guilds credit rated and levelled Oil and Gas short courses allow delegates attending these courses the opportunity to demonstrate their ongoing professional development. This exclusive range of courses are not only recognised within the SCQF framework but also provide the building blocks to enhance existing qualifications and provide a road map to further modes of study.

The advantages of having a qualification placed in the SCQF are that learners, employers, receiving institutions, awarding bodies, Sector Skills Councils and standard setting organisations (SSOs) etc can see the level of skills being developed by the learner or employee and how the qualification relates to other qualifications and learning programmes in Scotland and other credit frameworks in the United Kingdom and Europe. It can also help when selecting relevant training options and identifying development paths and progression routes.

The SCQF uses two measures to describe qualifications and learning programmes: ‘level’ and ‘credit’. The term ‘credit rating’ encompasses both the allocation of SCQF level and the calculation of SCQF credit points. Qualifications can be added to the SCQF provided they meet the following criteria from the SCQF Partnership:

  • They must be outcome-based, ie must contain statements of knowledge, skills, values or competence that are capable of being measured at the end of a process of learning (based on learning outcomes)
  • They should be capable of being assessed, ie there must be a robust, effective system of assessing that the outcomes have been achieved (These outcomes must be recorded.)
  • They are subject to external quality assurance, ie must have a documented process of external quality assurance for the assessment of the learning outcomes
  • They must consist of a minimum of 10 hours of notional learning time.

ECITB Technical Tests

ASET offer a range of ECITB Technical Tests for Onshore and Offshore personnel involved in installation, maintenance and inspection of Instrumentation, Electrical & Mechanical technology and Equipment.

Here’s How Technical Tests Work:

The first part of a Technical Test examines the individual’s specific job knowledge. Only once that has been successfully concluded, can the practical taskbased part of the test go ahead. This focuses not merely on the technical skill being tested, but on the ability to apply that skill safely and efficiently in the operational environment. The outcome of both parts proves whether the candidate’s current skills and knowledge are up to the job in question.

Technical Tests – The Five Stage Process


An examiner (occupationally competent and specifically trained) enrols the candidate at the ASET ECITB - approved Test Centre to do a specific, named test (or tests) eg ‘Mechanical Joint Integrity - TMJI10 Dismantle, Assemble and Hand Torque Flanged Joints (Dismantle, inspect, prepare, assemble and secure flanged pipework joint)’.

Knowledge Test:

On the day, responding to randomly generated, multiple-choice, online questioning, the candidate’s knowledge of this area of work is rapidly and efficiently tested. Depending on the results they either pass on to the Practical Test, or are referred for training.

Practical Test:

Candidates undertake a highly specified practical assessment in prescribed stages, under observation. Each part of the task must be completed to the required standard. From tools to timing, from process to protective equipment, the Technical Test allows no room for error.


Constructive feedback from the examiner to the candidate is an important part of the Technical Test process.

Certificate Awarded:

If successful against the specified criteria ASET will issue an ECITB Certificate of Achievement, validating for three years the candidates knowledge, skill and ability to perform the task in question.

Range of Technical Tests

  • Electrical Installation – Technical Tests
  • Electrical Maintenance – Technical Tests
  • Instrument & Control – Technical Tests
  • Mechanical Fitting – Technical Tests
  • Mechanical Maintenance – Technical Tests
  • MJI – Technical Tests
  • Small Bore Tubing Technical Tests.

How to book?

To discuss or book Technical Trade Tests please contact us either by email or telephone and we can arrange Technical Tests at a mutually convenient time for your organisation and ASET.

T: +44 (0) 300 330 5559


ASET’s vocational training is highly specialized delivered by ex Offshore and Onshore Oil and Gas qualified and experienced training personnel on a live replicated Oil and Gas Production Training Platform – reality without risk and ASET’s main “USP”.

No other UK College, University or Training Provider can provide the same level of in depth and relevant work related training and assessment for Oil and Gas Technicians that both replicates the actual workplace and prepares for, or transfers to the workplace.


ASET’s International Oil & Gas Training Academy hosts a range of market leading technology, equipment and workshops all set up in industrial settings to replicate the actual workplace. This includes the live and integrated ABCOL Oil & Gas Production Training Platform and Delta V Control System; most up-to-date HV/LV switchgear; Hazardous Area Ex Centre; Emergency Response Training Department; Marine Operations, Dynamic Positioning and Semi Submersible and Jack-Up Training Simulator – ensuring that delegates are trained and develop new skills in a realistic but safe environment. ‘Reality without the risk’.



  • The highest accolade the Queen’s Anniversary Prize on two occasions (Aberdeen College)
  • The SQA International Centre of the Year Silver Award and Gold Award
  • The Offshore Achievement Award for Internationalisation of Scottish Skills in 2009 – Winner
  • SQA International Business of the Year – Highly Commended 2012
  • Offshore Achievement Awards Export – Finalist 2012
  • Aberdeen Chambers Northern Business Star Awards Achievement in International Business – Commended 2012
  • Aberdeen Chambers Northern Business Star Awards Best Campaign of the Year – Finalist 2013
  • SQA International Business of the Year Award 2013 – Winner
  • Scottish Offshore Achievements Awards – “Great Small Company of the Year Finalist 2015”


Really good set up in this course and exceeded my original expectations. Will definitely recommend to others. Training and coaching was second to none and more importantly realistic

Darren Honeyman
Talisman Sinopec Energy Uk Ltd

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