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PetroCONNECT Readiness Programme

Get the practical skills and knowledge you need before investing in a service station.

The PetroCONNECT fuel retail industry readiness programme provides individuals wishing to enter the sector with an introduction into what it takes to successfully operate a service station in South Africa. The programme provides skills-based training material, assessments and a practical on-site experiential learning approach to equip candidates with an in-depth understanding of what it takes to effectively run a fuel retail business. The programme helps prepare candidates with the practical knowledge and know-how they need to operate a highly successful service station in South Africa. Candidates will walk away with the practical skills they need to make an informed decision on their journey as a service station owner, as well as improved business acumen. 

How is the programme delivered?

Candidates will complete a 10-day training programme and be mentored on-site in a live working service station environment, and work in the roles of Petrol Attendant, Cashier and Back Office Administrator as part of this training to gain real-life experience. Throughout the programme, learners will get exposure to back-office systems, stock control, staffing and human resource basics as well as exploring the planning of cash flow and determining the margins and bottom line profitability of the service station. The training is therefore experiential, and highly practical. 

How does our Readiness Programme make a difference in the industry?

PetroCONNECT intends to produce a pool of pre-qualified, able and vetted potential service station owners who have undergone practical training within the required standards – thereby supporting the ability of oil companies to sustainably source and place new fuel retailers into the dealer network. We endeavour to align our pre-qualifying processes with that of the oil companies, in order to refer suitable candidates to the oil companies.

Minimum requirements:

Do you have the following? South African citizenship, passion for fuel retail business, 3 year post matric qualification, clear criminal and credit record, minimum R750 000 unencumbered capital, computer literacy with basic excel, basic understanding of accounting is an added advantage and your own laptop. 

Register to attend the next Readiness Programme

Module length – 2 weeks (full time):

  • Course fee: R25 000

Candidate Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognise the components that make up a service station.

  • Identify the technical aspects of the service station.

  • Understand some of the rules and regulations in relation to Health & Safety.

  • Understand key principles in relation to stock control.

  • Appreciate the basics of back-office systems, setting up staff rosters and scheduling. 

  • Understand the basics of human resources, planning of cash flow, determining the margins and bottom line profitability of the service station. 

  • Prepare a business plan based on a case study provided by PetroCONNECT.


Candidates will receive a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the Academy Readiness Programme, together with their SHL Psychometric Assessment and Professional Development Plan (Optional).