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Petroleum Geosciences


Petroleum Geosciences is a 2 years Certificate examined by KNEC.

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About Petroleum Geosciences

The certificate in petroleum geosciences program provides training in geology and geophysics for students preparing to enter the oil and gas industry.

This course provides an introduction to geology and an introduction to the petroleum geosciences. No prior knowledge in geology is assumed and the course starts from basic geological concepts (e.g. minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, rock deformation and geological time) then moves onto the petroleum system (e.g. source rocks, reservoir rocks, sealing rocks, maturation, migration and trapping of hydrocarbons) and finally introduces the tools used in petroleum exploration.

Entry requirements for Petroleum Geosciences

The minimum entry requirements for the certificate in petroleum geosciences course are:

  • KCSE Mean Grade D (Plain) or;
  • Pass in relevant Artisan Course or;
  • Equivalent qualification approved by KNEC.

Institutions offering Petroleum Geosciences


Eldoret Technical Training Institute

Private College Soy

Eldoret Technical Training Institute (ETTI) is a modern and dynamic educational institution with strong traditions in both higher and vocational education. (ETTI), prepares students for successful careers, responsible...

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Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology

Public College Nakuru Town East

The Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology (RVIST) is a giant institution offering a total of over 42 different courses in Higher National Diploma, Diploma, Craft and...

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Rift Valley Technical Training Institute

Public College Soy

Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI) is committed to providing quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) that is innovative, competency oriented and research based that shall...

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The Eldoret National Polytechnic

National Polytechnic Soy

The Eldoret National Polytechnic has recorded tremendous growth in the development of middle-level training as an institution since inception. It has continually fulfilled its mandate in training young...

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African Institute of Research and Development Studies

Private College Soy

African Institute of Research and Development Studies (AIRADS) is the leading tertiary technical institution in Kenya, offering Higher National Diploma, Diploma, Certificate and artisan courses examined by KNEC. ...

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Eldoret College of Professional Studies

Private College Soy

Eldoret College of Professional Studies has provided education to the people of Rift valley for fifteen years now with a great success record. It has perfected its art...

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Keiway Mining and Technology College

Private College Ruiru

Keiway Mining & Technology College is one of the leading mid-level colleges for students and companies interested in the emerging Mining and Oil and Gas sectors in the...

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Objectives of Petroleum Geosciences

Petroleum Geosciences is the science about how we can find and extract oil and gas resources in the best environmental and financial way.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Recognise and describe minerals and sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks.
  • Recognise and describe geological structures (faults and folds).
  • Recognise and describe the elements and processes of a petroleum system.
  • Work collaboratively in groups during laboratory sessions to determine solutions for practical acitivities related to the decsription of rocks, geological structures and petroleum systems.
  • Explain and apply the use of seismic reflection data and wireline logging and other technologies in petroleum exploration.
  • Explain the scope of the upstream petroleum industry.

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