Body of Knowledge


Body of Knowledge

Globally relevant professional Associations develop industry body of knowledge as their expertise contribution to the industry sector within which they operate. Examples abound: American Welding Society (AWS); Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, (LEEA) UK; Industrial Rope Access Trade Association, (IRATA) UK, etc.

Industry association’s peer reviewed intellectual property including Codes, Guidelines, Recommended Practices, Learning Materials, etc. serve several purposes:

Encourages knowledge promotion and research
Generates sector specific skills and employment
Promotes mutually beneficial industry-public synergy
Establishes an industry accepted sector Authority
Ensures the relevance of the Association
Promotes safety and quality in industry practices and projects
Enhances socio-economic sustainability of the Association

Above all, such Body of Knowledge guarantees domiciliation of sector specific knowledge to its host country hence, SUSTAINABLE LOCAL CONTENT DEVELOPMENT.

OGTAN Administration Policy


Ensuring Members adopt best practices in corporate management and delivery of training - the OGTAN ATSP Standardization & Audit Program references international quality management systems and learning services provision Standards such as ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 29993.


Adopting 4th Industrial Revolution principles & practices and application of relevant digital technologies to our processes.


Objective assessment and approval of both OGTAN & Members management systems by approved Certification Bodies.


Locally developing intellectual property that best serves the industry needs, benchmarked on international best practice and standards and results of critical analyses and research.


Third Party accreditation of member services provision to ISO 17065 and the body of knowledge administration to ISO 17024.

Sustainable Domestication and Domiciliation of OGTAN Training Courses

To achieve the NCDMB Mandate to OGTAN on Domiciliation & Domestication of Training, OGTAN is partnering with NCDMB and NBTE to develop Occupational Standards for the industry and OGTAN is currently appointed by Nigerian Board for Technical Education (NBTE) as an Awarding Body for oil and gas occupational standards.
OGTAN has therefore set up Technical Committees and a Governing Board for achieving the goal of utilizing this platform to close the skills gaps that have been identified by both OGTAN and industry practitioners.
The ultimate aim of exploring this Triple Helix Model is to energize partnerships and also sponsorships of OGTAN initiatives in HCD to create intellectual capital that would usher in an effective, practical and sustainable domiciliation and domestication of skills in-country with a view to growing a knowledge society as an integral part of the industry’s local content development.

Industry is Key

A deeper study of key items on the NCDMB mandates on OGTAN creation shows a design that is very intentional at making OGTAN a sustainable initiative and a HCD Association to be reckoned with.

The ultimate goal of an Association like OGTAN in line with the vision of NCDMB cannot be achieved by OGTAN alone or in a simple synergy with any particular stakeholder. The NOGICD Act 2010 therefore targets the industry because it holds the magic wand in developing Nigerian content. The industry needs to see that just complying with the Local Content Law based on the letter of the Act alone cannot leave a legacy impact, especially in human capacity development for the industry and nation. The industry needs to imbibe the spirit of the Act.

The OGTAN-Industry synergy is therefore in line with the requirements of both the NOGICD Act Training Regulations 2021 and the HCD Guidelines of NCDMB.

There is an urgent need for the industry to directly support domestication of vocational skills and training for various lasting benefits:
Closing peculiar industry gaps that existing body of knowledge has ignored or does not know exists.
Creating massive employment generation, for non-literate or semi-literate members of society, especially in host communities.
Encouraging creation of standards to govern vocational skills needed by the industry and nation.
Promoting research and creation of new body of knowledge for enhancing industry business and profitability.

Direct Benefits
to the Industry

This is indeed a profitable investment for IOCs and LOCs and all other industry practitioners as standard skilled workers would in turn add value back to the industry through:

Improved standards and quality of work from adequately and properly trained workers
Improved HSES statistics from safe work carried out by certified professionals
Massive savings from indirect costs previously paid for poor quality & unsafe work.
Improved legislative compliance on environmental regulations
Greater peace and harmony with host communities from minimized failed projects
Improved CSR initiatives redirected at professional human capacity development especially in host communities.
Higher local content compliance rating on all fronts.

Effecting the OGTAN Strategies for Enhanced Local Human Capacity Development

To give impetus to this OGTAN HCD Policy focus, we have achieved the following:

Strategic partnership with NCDMB & NBTE
Education & Training SWG of NCDMB NCCF with its OGTAN high membership, inputs and leadership, is currently the NBTE Authorized Sector Skills Council for developing statutorily approved National Oil and Gas Standards for vocational and technical skills.
OGTAN is currently the NBTE approved Awarding Body for National Oil and Gas Skills in accordance with the National Skills Qualification Framework.
NCDMB has approved development of 7 National Oil and Gas Occupational Standards as a pilot under this Scheme covering the following skills areas:
  • Geoscientists (Deepwater Operations)
  • Coded Welders (Fabrication Operations)
  • Instrument Engineers (Fabrication Operations)
  • Divers (Well Servicing / Drilling Operations)
  • 3-D Modelers (EPCI Operations)
  • Process Plant Maintenance and
  • Process Plant Operations

OGTAN as a follow up has set up strategic Technical Committees and entered into partnerships to oversee development of CURRICULUMS, SCHEMES & LEARNING MATERIALS in our various areas of skills expertise and trainings.