Testing of Petroleum Products Course


Achieving company success and meeting the challenges imposed by climate change requires an in-depth perception and understanding of how petroleum products are traded, their demand now and in a future world of low carbon emissions, all of which can create opportunities that are imperative towards achieving profitability and sustainability.

This IRES Testisting Petroleum products course is designed to provide you with a deep knowledge of properties, specifications, markets and demands of petroleum products. The course also provides technical knowledge related to the standard quality control tests performed in refineries and petrochemical plants to ensure that the finished products are in line with commercial specifications.


5 Days

Who Should Attend

This course is targeted at professionals in the energy industry, and those in refineries needing to better understand and respond to the rapid changes and testing in the Petroleum products.


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Face to Face Schedules By Location
Nairobi Schedules:
Code Date Duration Location Fees
TPP001 6 Nov 2023 - 10 Nov 2023 5 days Nairobi, Kenya KES 75,000 | USD 1,100 Register
TPP001 4 Dec 2023 - 8 Dec 2023 5 days Nairobi, Kenya KES 75,000 | USD 1,100 Register
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Virtual Trainer Led Schedules
Contact Us on (+254) 715 077 817 / (+254) 792 516 000 or email us [email protected] for a virtual schedule.

Contact Us on (+254) 715 077 817 / (+254) 792 516 000 or email us [email protected] for E-Learning course.

Course Objectives

  • Grasp the main characteristics of petroleum products and their relevance for end-users.
  • List the key properties for automotive fuels (now and in the future).
  • Identify recent changes and future trends for the petroleum products’ specifications, markets and demand
  • Identify the main trends of fuel evolution due to new regulations and/or new motor technologies.
  • Understand how the main properties of each petroleum products are measured, checked, and controlled using standard quality control tests.
  • Understand the tests significance and accuracy of the methods.

Course Outline

Module 1

Introduction to the Petroleum Products

  • Origin of Hydrocarbons
  • Types & Composition of Crude Oils
  • Pretreatment of Crude Oils
  • Crude Assay & Crude Oils Properties
  • Petroleum Products and Refinery Configuration
  • Fuel specification, energy consumption and CO2 emission in oil refineries

Module 2

Petroleum Products: Markets, Trading and Demand

  • Petroleum Products: markets, trading and demand
  • Current consumptions
  • Overview of how consumption changed by market sector
  • Changes in demand & consumption - Automotive fuels
  • Demand for automotive fuels
  • The automotive vehicle fleet
  • Gasoline v/s Gas Oil
  • Future demand for gasoline and gas oil
  • Consumption of automotive fuels - Income and price

Module 3

Quality Standards & Specifications of Petroleum Products

  • Volatility specifications
  • Combustion specifications:
  • Cold condition behavior and flowing specifications for:
  • Pollution and corrosiveness specifications:
  • Stability specifications
  • Asphalts specifications
  • Lube base oil specifications 

Module 4

Standard Quality Control Tests of Petroleum Products 

  • Tests Related to Volatility
  • Tests Related to Combustion
  • Tests Related to Storage & Flowing
  • Tests Related to Air Pollution
  • Tests Related to Corrosiveness

Module 5

Standard Quality Control Tests of Petroleum Products 

  • Tests Related to Stability of Motor Gasoline, Turbine Fuels & Distillates:
  • Tests Related to Asphalts
  • Tests Significance & The Accuracy of Test Methods
  • ISO17025 overview
  • Specifications of Petroleum Products by Country

Course Administration Details:


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email:  [email protected] or [email protected]

Mob: +254 715 077 817  or +250 789 621 067

Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254715077817, +254(020) 211 3814 or +250 789 621 067 or mail [email protected] or [email protected]


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank before course start date

Send proof of payment to [email protected] or [email protected]

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