- A collaborative effort to build expertise in the region, noted Kristiansand Mayor Harald Furre (right) when he cut the ribbon marking the opening of Sørlandet Maritime Kurssenter. Front row left-right: Chairman Morten Gyllensten at the Hydraulics Pneumatics Association, Principal Jarl Erik Hageland at Sørlandet maritime high school and CEO Anne-Grete Ellingsen at GCE NODE.

A new series of hydraulics courses are offered at Sørlandet Maritime High School in April, May and June. The courses qualify for Cetop 2 certification.

Employees at various NODE companies have traditionally travelled to Geilo or other locations to undergo the training program, which comprises 4-6 weeklong courses spread out over a 12-month-period.

“Being able to offer this certification in our region saves NODE companies time and money whilst the participants are offered specially designed courses involving drilling bay products like offshore crane and subsea cranes. Hopefully this will make it easier and more interesting for people to be Cetop 2 certified”, says Principal Jarl Erik Hageland.

Cetop certification is the mark of a quality education. Sørlandets Maritime Kurssenter is one of only five Norwegians schools to offer Cetop 2. Sørlandet Maritime High School has been approved by the Norwegian Hydraulics and Pneumatics Association (HPF) to run the European standard certification program.

The Hydraulic Competence Group in GCE NODE, in cooperation with the University of Agder, established the program. The classes are run in the region and represent a substantial cost saving compared to alternative CETOP 2 offers in Norway or abroad. NODE-companies On & Offshore Services, National Oilwell Varco, Cameron, MHWirth and MacGregor have financed laboratory equipment, and participated in the development of the material for the course to ensure that it is well adapted to the requirement of the market.

“This is an important competency building effort to qualify personnel working with hydraulic systems for the international market. The industry is starting to develop new projects at substantially lower investment cost and the maintenance and upgrading market is picking up both in Norway and globally. We hope many NODE company employees will use this opportunity to increase their competence”, says CEO Anne-Grete Ellingsen at GCE NODE.

For more information and course calendar: http://smks.no