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Q. What is the Oil & Gas Administrative Professional Certification Program?
A. This certification is the first of its kind for oil and energy industry administrative support professionals. Industry administrative professionals, employed by global industry giants, independent E&P companies as well as grass-root small businesses, created the Oil and Gas Administrative Professionals (OGAP) certification. The certification’s robust criterion is designed to measure and validate the OGAP’s proven understanding and demonstrated knowledge of the oil & energy industry and administrative support standards, add to the OGAP’s technical knowledge, and provide a venue that defines the OGAP’s value and improved marketability within the oil and energy industry. The program is endorsed by oil and industry experts and leaders from a cross-section of global oil and energy companies and organizations.
This certification demonstrates “industry” knowledge and is in no way based on specific operations or policies of one particular oil and energy company or organization.
Q. Why should I become a certified Oil & Gas Administrative Professional (OGAP)?
A. As an oil and energy administrative professional, your skills are unique. The OGAP is a certification program designed to not only showcase the skills you have acquired in your current department, but to expand your knowledge into other areas of the diverse oil and energy industry as well. This exposure and demonstrated knowledge makes you more valuable to your company and most importantly, it gives you an advantage as you seek to stand out in the industry among your peers.
Q. Who may take the exam for OGAP Certification?
A. The course is industry-specific and therefore ALL participants (members and non-members) must meet the standard prerequisites as outlined below before taking the exam to maintain the integrity of the certification.
Q. Are there prerequisites or requirements for certification?
A. Demonstrate at least 2 years of administrative professional experience in the oil & energy industry, or demonstrate at least 5 years of administrative professional experience in any industry with the intention of employment within the oil and gas industry.
Q. I have certifications as a CAP, CAP-OM, etc. Are these certifications required to become a certified OGAP?
A. No. The OGAP certification is SPECIFIC to the oil and energy industry. All certification program information is directly related to the oil and energy industry and does not require previous certification by other administrative certification programs.
Q. How is the exam administered?
A. The OGAP Certification is based on a series of modules. Each module focuses on a specific topic in the certification program, followed by a series of test questions. A final overall test of the modules will determine certification.
The modules were designed specifically to “educate” the user using a simplistic and succinct format without trick questions and irrelevant “filler” information. The goal is to ensure the user has the best possible chance of retaining the information and that the information provides immediate value to both the user and his/her employer.
The OGAP Certification program is computer-based and on-demand. Opportunities for classroom administration of the program may be offered after the first quarter of 2015.
Q. How will I show that this certification is valuable?
A. Prior to taking the exam, O&GA International will communicate information to share with your supervisors about the value of the certification program as well as information about the individuals and entities that endorsed the program.
Q. How long does it take to complete the actual exam?
A. It takes registrants on average about four hours to go through the actual modules and pre-tests. Registrants will be given one timed hour to complete the final certification exam.
Q. May I start the certification modules one day and complete the exam another day?
A. You may review the modules and take the pre-test questions at your leisure. Once you begin the final exam you will be given one-hour for completion. You will not have the opportunity to stop the final exam once you begin.
Q. If I do not pass the final certification exam, may I re-take it?
A. Registrants will have three chances to re-take the pre-test questions and two chances to take the final assessment. If the registrant does not pass the final assessment after the second attempt, they may re-take the certification again in the following quarter.
Q. Are there any pre-test study guides?
A. Pre-test study guides are not provided as the certification is module based and designed in a mnemonic format to aid in information retention. Reference material is available during the certification.
Q. What are the OGAP Certification course fees?
A. Current O&GA Membership fees of $130.00 does not include the cost of certification; however it entitles the member to reduced certification fees as well as a number of other paid membership perks. Certification fees are as follows:
$250.00 – members
$450.00 – non-members
Q. How long does certification last?
A. Once certified, credentials are good for three years.
Q. How long will it take to receive my certificate once I’ve passed the exam?
A. You will receive your official certificate by mail no more than two weeks after you have passed the exam.
Q. Where should I seek further information about the program?
A. You may complete the form below to find answers to any additional questions you may have about the certification program. Your question may be added to the list of FAQs should we feel others may benefit from the answer to your question. We will not show your name or contact information.