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Cameroon Petrochemical Engineering Academy (CPE Academy)

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Cameroon Petrochemical Engineering Academy (CPE Academy) is the Oil and Gas Professional Training School of St Lawrence University Institute (The School of Engineering and Technology-  MINESUP) created with the global goal to develop the Oil & Gas Human Resource Environment (OGHRE) of Cameroon  through appropriate Oil & Gas Certified Professional Training Programs at the Diploma, Bachelor and Master Degree Levels. This is done with an integrated use of the Classroom and an International E-Learning Technology that gives access to training while;

  • Promoting the use of appropriate skills on computer technology and web tools,
  • Decongesting the training campus,
  • Eradication of Student-Teacher Examination malpractice,
  • Reducing the crowding of physical Lecturing staff,
  • Providing solution to insufficient training Infrastructure issues in Cameroon,
  • Using Internationally Certified learning/teaching materials,
  • Having access to employers for they trust the training technology,
  • Having access to the global professional body for it uses the same training technology, etc.

This training leads to the removal of Cameroonians (especially the youths) from their poor static and inadequate oil and gas technological status to a more dynamic engineering skills, needed in the international oil and gas industry by local and international investors for the realization of their projects.

The background Reasons for Creating Cameroon Petrochemical Engineering Academy are the facts that

  1. Cameroon has not yet get in to the main stream of the International Certified Professional Training in Oil and Gas using a Competency-base Training approach for On/offshore sustainable worldwide operations with complex technologies.
  2. Cameroon is still under developed in International Certified Professional Training in the Oil and Gas complex technological systems for On/Offshore operations management, and international certified skills development for the Oil and Gas Human Resource Environment needed by the international investors for the realization of their projects in Cameroon and beyond.
  3. Cameroon needs a private Oil and Gas International Certified Professional training institutions to eradicate unemployment and poverty at the bottom by offering training that matches with job profiles while setting a base for sustainable skilled Oil and Gas workforce in Cameroon as a means to benefit from the Local Content Policy of the International Oil and Gas Industry.

Taking a critical look into the global goal of Cameroon Petrochemical Engineering Academy (The Oil and Gas Professional Training Department of St Lawrence University) which is in the same direction with the Government of Cameroon concerning the unemployment eradication strategy of Matching Training with Job Profiles, the Ministry of Professional Training MINEFOP granted Cameroon Petrochemical Engineering Academy the authorization to mobilize and bring into Cameroon International Certified Professional Training Institutions in the oil and gas industry.

The Ministry of Higher Education of Cameroon, (MINESUP) appreciating the training approach of St Lawrence University, gave her concern fully supporting the IHRDC E-learning Technology to be used in Cameroon as a means of transferring knowledge from the classrooms of developed nations to the classrooms in Cameroon and for the training of Cameroonians at the international professional level.

St Lawrence University with Cameroon Petrochemical Engineering Academy as its department of Petroleum, lunched the training programs at the diploma, BSc and Msc levels in close collaboration with the International Human Resource Development Cooperation (IHRDC) – the worldwide leader in the oil and gas training since 1969, certified by the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (OPITO) and the SCOTTISH QUALIFICATION AUTHORITY (SQA) which is the highest certification body in the oil and gas industry worldwide.


Amongst the many skills of an engineer are:

Up to date Technical knowledge:

Whatever your role, the workplace is changing at a faster rate than ever before. When it comes to engineering, keeping up with the latest technical and safety knowledge is essential. Stay on top of the latest best practices by reading industry guides, blogs and articles online; or seek out short training courses you can do at home. Make suggestions in your current workplace of the best techniques or technologies being used on similar projects. When it comes to new employers, you want to be able to demonstrate that you are certified or trained in the latest technologies and that you have implemented best practices in the past. Show them that you’re already on top of the latest industry developments so they know they won’t have to spend time teaching you.


One of the most vital elements of any job is one that is usually learned after you graduate. Communication with clients and co-workers is key in any industry. Without being able to communicate clearly and concisely, any project you’re working on is likely to stall. Be aware of who you’re talking to. Not everyone will have the same technical background and skills as you so avoid overusing jargon when explaining your ideas to a client. Conversely, don’t over-explain the details of a project to someone with just as much experience in the same job. When writing your CV, look at how you’re communicating your skills and experiences. By finding ways to get that information across concisely, you’re already demonstrating this skill to a potential employer.

Management & leadership:

Taking that next step in your career means developing more skills beyond the ability to do your job. Moving upwards depends on being able to demonstrate that you can manage others, strategies and make decisions. Postgraduate engineering management courses are the most effective way of demonstrating that you understand everything required to move upwards in the industry, but there are other ways to learn these skills. Volunteer to lead an upcoming project, or engage your current managers with questions or suggestions to show that you are eager and capable to move upwards.

Interpersonal Skills:

Few major engineering tasks are pulled off by a single person, so having the interpersonal skills to work collaboratively is invaluable to employers. Being able to bring others together and encouraging trust in a team leads to better problem solving and more efficient working.

Work on your verbal communication and body language in the workplace to open yourself up to others. When talking to new employers, be sure to mention occasions when you have worked within a team and the steps you have taken to ensure that the team work together well.

Critical and Creative Thinking:

For an engineer, critical and creative thinking is a massive part of the job, and an ability you should already have. Technical projects often require thinking of new ideas very quickly to overcome an unforeseen problem. Whether you’re designing a new application for the market, or overcoming an issue by adapting your workflow, creative solutions abound in the engineering world. The best way to get better at this is to develop your technical abilities as much as you can, through courses or on-the-job training, until you can be confident enough in your skills to stop following instructions and start adapting your workflow in new ways. Show employers that you’re able to critically analyses a problem and develop the most effective, creative way to deal with it and you’ll easily secure your next role.

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