The Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) is the leading provider of process operations training for the Australian oil and gas, mineral and chemical processing industries.
Hosted by South Metropolitan TAFE, ACEPT has been founded in collaboration with industry, and is guided by a 25-member Industry Board comprising representatives from major operating and service companies.
The Federal and State Government, together with companies in the resources sector, have contributed $21 million to the construction of ACEPT. The industry assistance is continuing in the form of advice and input into skills development to guarantee that the training provided is focused on the provision of the current skills needs of industry and process operators.
Key features of the ACEPT Centre include:
A fully operational closed loop process train that:
- Utilises an instrument air unit
- Separates nitrogen from air
- Separates oil from water
- Stores the individual chemicals
- Recombines the chemicals for the next training program
- Process controllers supplied by Honeywell.
- A full scale simulation of the process train developed by Honeywell.
- A Yokogawa simulation of a distillation tower, instrument air, furnaces and heat exchangers.
- A fully operational closed loop methanol distillation tower is to be added to the process train.
The ACEPT Centre also has six training rooms, a wet lab, resource centre and process control room.
Stage 2 construction commenced in August 2016 and includes state-of-the-art facilities for mechanical, electrical, structural and civil engineering, as well as an enhanced training capability in the process operations sector.
This will provide computer labs, mechatronics and metallurgy laboratories, workshops and machine rooms, as well as two oil and gas processing simulator rooms.
The Centre offers certificates under the Australian Qualifications Framework and short courses designed to meet industry and individual client needs. Training is offered in a variety of formats including classroom based, “live” training on the process plant, simulation, online, correspondence, workplace based and skills recognition using workplace based assessors.
For those new to the industry, the training is carried out predominately at the Centre. Entry level training is via Certificate I for school-based trainees and Certificate II for mature trainees. For those currently working in the industry, training is available through off-campus learning (correspondence). Those working in industry are encouraged to utilise their workplace procedures and systems for completion of the assessments.
The training is competency based. This requires those undertaking the training to prove competence by completing practical assessments in the workplace and shows an understanding of the theory (underpinning knowledge). Assessments are carried out in the workplace using a suitably qualified work place assessor/supervisor to verify and validate assessments.
ACEPT can also tailor courses specific to the individual needs of companies and workplaces.
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