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Petrochemical Industry Training

COVID-19 has changed the way that many of us are working each day, as a result we have moved our industry leading petrochemical training online. Our training will deepen your knowledge of the fundamentals and market drivers across the energy and chemical value chains allowing you to make better day-to day decisions and boost your confidence in understanding how technology, markets, and economics merge together to drive industry profitability.

Our training guides you through petrochemical feedstocks, the seven basic building blocks of the petrochemical industry, and their downstream derivatives or value chains. The training provides attendees with an understanding of chemical structures and properties, process technologies and production costs, key producers, market sizes, inter-regional trade patterns, end-use applications and more, all presented in an insightful and engaging manner. The training is delivered via 2 formats, live virtual instructor-led training (VILT), which provides interactions and Q&A session with Dr. Jeffrey Plotkin, and/or via on-demand eLearning which gives you any time access to the training modules for 12 months.

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Types of learning programs include

All IHS Markit training programs can be crafted to fit your needs – whether you want access to our renowned experts during a virtual or in-person session, or you prefer the flexibility of a self-paced online course.

Virtual Instructor-led Training

Virtual Instructor-led Training (V-ILT) programs

To meet the demand for live training online, IHS Markit virtual instructor-led training (V-ILT) option gives you the opportunity to take advantage of a one-to-many training environment from your desk or mobile device. The V-ILT courses are delivered through The Learning Center by IHS Markit, our premier learning portal!

Participants of V-ILT courses can expect to receive:

  • Digital delivery of course slide PDFs
  • Virtual networking with fellow attendees
  • Opportunities to participate in live Q&A with instructors
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In-person Training

In-person Training

In-person training options led by renowned industry expert instructors, are delivered in both the popular 3-day public course format as well as a 1-day advanced format. These specialty workshops are held globally several times during the year. One- day workshops hosted in conjunction with our global events are held throughout the year and are outlined below.

IHS Markit also offers on-site training courses with a curriculum designed exclusively to meet your organization’s needs. Request a quote for custom in-person training.

Self-guided eLearning

Petrochemical eLearning program

If you’re interested in on-demand learning opportunities, IHS Markit has begun releasing self-guided petrochemical eLearning modules. Derived from the three-day Understanding the Global Petrochemical Industry course delivered by Dr. Jeff Plotkin, learners will now be able to deepen their understanding of petrochemical industry fundamentals and market drivers across the energy and chemical value chains – whenever, from wherever, with unlimited access all year long.

Learn more about the petrochemical eLearning courses that are available on The Learning Center. The Learning Center provides easy digital access to our training offerings and allows learners and managers alike to track progress against learning paths and certifications. The platform and curriculums are designed with engaging activities to create an optimal learning experience for you and your team.

Blended Learning

New Blended Learning Program

As the world has shifted and we move into a new normal way of doing business, IHS Markit has recognized the need to create flexibility in training offerings to best serve our customers.

To meet your organization’s need for training, we are pleased to offer a customized blended learning package which brings together the best of online and in-person training. This opportunity creates the best of both worlds: face time with experts in-person or virtually with the flexibility of self-paced online training options – reducing time spent out of the office and away from what matters most to your business .

Blended learning programs present the opportunity to save your team both time and money, maximizing the impact of your custom training curriculum.

Who should participate in training programs

IHS Markit training programs are designed to be of interest and value to both technical and non-technical industry participants. Attendees represent a wide range of job functions including:

  • Financial analysts and accountants
  • Business managers and strategic planners
  • Process engineers and R&D chemists
  • Licensing managers
  • Purchasing and procurement agents
  • Sales and marketing executives
  • HR and legal managers

New and experienced professionals across the chemical, energy, refining and renewables industries as well as those in adjacent industries including agriculture, oil and gas manufacturing, automotive and financial services from companies such as:

  • Petrochemical and oil and gas companies
  • Plastics fabricators and converters
  • Compounders and formulators
  • Specialty and performance chemical companies
  • Biotech start-ups
  • Industrial gas organizations
  • Technology licensors
  • Commercial and investment banks
  • Private equity and venture capital firms
  • Law firms
  • Program Level: Basic 
  • Prerequisites/Advanced Preparation: None required, but pre-learning module suggested, link will be emailed to registrant 
  • Delivery Method: Group Live 
  • Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications 
  • Program Refund Policy: We apply your fee to a future course 
  • Complaint Resolution: Contact Sally Harle to resolve

Customer Testimonials

“The in-depth and thorough presentation is very valuable to someone new to petrochemicals and the instructor makes the course enjoyable”
– Operational Purchasing Director

“Broad coverage with right level of details in the presentation and a book to take with you with all information inside: ideal!”
– Procurement Manager

“You have struck a good balance between market situation and theory”
– Sales Manager

“Workshop helped me to understand thermoplastic products with supply/demand and costs dynamics. Very complete and competent”
– Trader


Jeffrey S. Plotkin

Dr. Plotkin brings more than three decades of experience working for both operating companies and consulting firms in the petrochemical industry to his role as head of IHS Markit Chemical and Energy Training for the Oil, Midstream, Downstream and Chemical (OMDC) markets. He is internationally recognized as a gifted educator on the subjects of the technology and business of petrochemicals. Dr. Plotkin is co-author of a popular chemical textbook entitled, "Industrial Organic Chemicals, third edition" (Wiley Interscience, 2012) and a contributing editor of the American Chemical Society's Patent Watch online. He holds 30 US patents and has authored more than 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Dr. Plotkin served as vice president of Nexant/Chem System's training programs. Dr. Plotkin's industrial experience include working in research for Exxon Chemical and in marketing and product management for ISP. Dr. Plotkin holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Organometallic Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, US, and an Master of Business Administration from PACE University, New York City, US. He also served as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, US.

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