About this course

The place to start you professional development in the industry. This course provides an ideal overview of the industry and it's participants as well as introducting the important concepts such as exposure, risk, and commercial analysis. This course should be taken by anyone who wishes to enter or has just entered the energy industry regardless of your future career path.

This course is perfect for anyone just entering, looking to enter, or already in the oil industry in a non-commercial role.

This course provides a certificate on completion.


David North

David worked at BP for 19 years. During his period, he was book leader for the European gasoline trading group, the North Sea Crude equity team and the UK and European Natgas trading books. After BP, David moved to Klesch and Co, a private equity firm which specializes in distressed asset acquisition, and was instrumental in establishing a metals and energy trading platform which allowed Klesch to expand it’s portfolio of energy-intensive businesses. Most recently, David worked at RWE as Head of Physical Oil Trading, moving RWE’s capability in this area from that of a paper-only player to a company able to compete in global physical markets. David specializes in identifying optionality within portfolios or trading propositions and establishing the ability to harvest and monetise it.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Course

  • 2

    The Traded World

    • The Traded World

    • Quiz - test your understanding

  • 3

    What We Trade

    • What We Trade

    • Quiz - test your understanding

  • 4

    Who Trades

    • Who Trades

    • Quiz - test your understanding

  • 5

    Anatomy of a Trade

    • Anatomy of a Trade

    • Quiz - test your understanding

  • 6

    Trading Concepts

    • Trading Concepts

    • Quiz - test your understanding

  • 7

    4 Stages of a Trade

    • 4 Stages of a Trade

    • Quiz - test your understanding

  • 8


    • Exposure

    • Quiz - test your understanding

  • 9

    Time Spreads

    • Time Spreads

    • Quiz - test your understanding

  • 10

    Crack Spreads

    • Crack Spreads

    • Quiz - test your understanding

  • 11

    Next Steps

    • End of course

    • Before you go