Kumul Petroleum Academy

Kumul Petroleum Academy

Kumul Petroleum Academy

About Us

Our History

The creation of an industry skill pool for technicians, supervisors and engineers, for both new entrants and experienced personnel was paramount following the start of major resource; however, a skills gap existed throughout PNG’s workforce and this saw thousands of jobs provided to expatriates at great expense to businesses and to the detriment of Papua New Guinea nationals.

To close this skills gap and for the growth of a national workforce, Kumul Petroleum as the national oil and gas company of PNG established the Academy on the 27 November 2015 and invested directly into KPA, to build a world class facility with the addition of the ‘Safe Live Processing Plant’ with the latest “state of the art” centralised control room to provide a unique 12 month hands-on skills training programme.

The oil and gas industry in PNG has been growing steadily through the recent past, with several new projects agreed and ready to start. KPA has been providing training for this sector since 2017, with nearly 100 trainees graduating so far and with many more to complete the training this year; We pride ourselves on 100% pass rate by careful selection and an intense tutorial and peer support system. The trainees are from all over PNG with nearly 25% being females; this shows that this is no longer a male dominated trade!


PNG LNG Project site_Image Courtesy Kumul Petroleum
PNG LNG Project Site

Kumul Petroleum Academy is the sole provider of Oil and Gas Operator and Maintenance Technician (Electrical, Instrument and Mechanical) training in PNG. The Academy develops National staff to an International (City & Guilds) standard. This enables PNG to provide its own workforce to work on its own resources, instead of hiring expatriates to fill these jobs. At the same time KPA is developing its own National Training Team, this will develop a lasting resource within PNG. The one-year programs are sponsored by Industry and are delivered through classroom and practical training, the training is paperless with each training being given a laptop to use and keep. The practical work (up to 70% of the training time) takes place in the training workshops and on our Safe Live Processing Plant, a fully operational oil processing plant, complete with classroom. This is the only one in PNG. Health, Safety and Environment studies and practices feature big in the program and as in the Industry, no task is carried out at KPA without recourse to these controls. Using these methods and resources the training makes a step change difference in the development of the individual, as a result they are able to adapt to the workplace and attain full job competency there at a much quicker and safer rate. These qualifications are equally relevant at home, PNG and abroad.

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