Welcome to Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba

UPIK is a government aided tertiary Institution under the Ministry of Education and Sports. UPIK is mandated to train technicians in Oil and Gas operations and maintenance programmes. Currently the Institute is running   two-year Diploma programmes  and seven International Vocational Qualifications in Oil and Gas “UPIK is an approved Centre for different International bodies including City & Guilds.viz:

The Diploma in Upstream Petroleum Operations (DUPO)

The Diploma in Downstream Petroleum Operations (DDPO) 

Our core values centre around service with excellence. Professionalism, Excellence, Teamwork, Integrity, Accountability, Diversity and Inclusion (PETRIADI).


We strive in perfection in all what we do.


We do what is considered right in all circumstances, while maintaining the highest ethical standards. 


We plan and execute all tasks with a sense of urgency, discipline and a positive attitude.


We treat everyone with honour and equity.


We work together to accomplish the mission.

Diversity and Inclusion

We value and celebrate the uniqueness that comprises our Institute.


We treasure reliability and personal responsibility in all that we do especially when honouring our commitments.






To be a regional center of excellence of training professionals, technicians, and craftsmen in the oil and gas sector.

To provide a World Class Education in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering in order to support and advance the Petroleum and Energy Sectors. To achieve this Mission,  the Institute is committed to Academic Excellence and to the fostering of an intellectual environment that leads to the development of suitably trained graduates who can be technical experts / leaders in their respective fields of expertise in the, East African Region and in the World at large. 



Uganda Petroleum Institute, Kigumba was granted approval as a Centre to offer City & Guilds Qualifications on the 21 November 2018 and we were allocated the Centre Number: 851035. Our accreditation allows us to offer 23 City & Guilds programs from level 1 to level 3. We are also proud to be the first Public Institute to attain City &Guilds accreditation.




With support from the European Union the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Toolbox, The Institute is an ECITB approved Centre with a licence to offer;


  • International Technical Tests Licence 2019,
  • International Health and Safety Passport (IHSP) Licence 2019 
  • International Competence in Engineering (ICE) Licence 2019 




OPITO Approval is expected soon with support from the Albertine Region Sustainable Development(ARSDP) Project

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Our Courses

Diploma in Downstream Petroleum Operations 2 years

Diploma in Upstream Petroleum Operations 2 years

IVQ-HSE-International Vocational Qualification in Health, Safety and Environment 2 Weeks

IVQ-EM-International Vocational Qualification in Electrical Maintenance 1 years

IVQ-MM-International Vocational Qualification in Mechanical Maintenance 1 years

IVQ-IM-International Vocational Qualification in Instrumentation Maintenance 1 years

IVQ-UPO-International Vocational Qualification in Upstream Petroleum Operations 1 years

IVQ-DPO-International Vocational Qualification in Downstream Petroleum Operations 1 years

IVQ-WFP-International Vocational Qualification in Welding, Fabrication and Pipework 1 years

Diploma in Downstream Petroleum Operations (DDPO)

This two year diploma in Downstream Petroleum Operations (DDPO) is aimed at producing technicians who are relevant to the oila and gas industry and world of work. It is learner-centred and competence-based and emphasises acquisition of skills by the learners through practical teaching and execution of projects.

Diploma in Upstream Petroleum Operations (DDPO)

The main objective of this Diploma in Up Stream Petroleum Operations. (DUPO) is to equip trainees with expertise needed to solve problems in the Upstream Sector and induce practical skills that will enable them maintain safely facilities in the sector.

International Vocational Qualifications (IVQ)

City and Guilds International Vocational Qualification programs offered from Level 1 to Level 3