We are currently offering our online Professional Land Management course through Midland College Petroleum Professional Development Center. The course is a series of six (6) modules, each one month in length, which can be taken individually or in sequence. Each module utilizes innovative, weekly one hour "live" webinars, assignments, videos, projects and independent field trips to teach critical topics that all land professionals should know. If you complete all six (6) modules, you can receive a Professional Land Management Certificate from Midland College and add this important credential to your resume. The six modules are:
Introduction to Land Management practices introduces the students to the laws and principles that govern the work of a land professional. With an emphasis on overall knowledge of the Oil & Gas Industry as well as an understanding of various laws that impact a land professional including Real Property Law and Louisiana Law. The course introduces students to the basics of landwork including a review of the American Association of Professional Landman (AAPL) Code of Ethics. The course concludes with a history of Legal Descriptions and Land Measurements including how to plot legal descriptions. Finally, Calculations are offered in each Module. In Module 1, we cover calculations of acreage in legal descriptions. This is the background every energy professional needs to understand the nature of our industry and profession.
The best way to learn is by doing and in Module 2, students learn to chain title to ensure leases are acquired from the true mineral owner. This critical skill will be presented by webinar and reinforced through a hands-on experience via a self-directed field trip to the local county courthouse. There students will learn to chain title using run-sheets, abstract books, official public records, mineral ownership reports and the internet. The course will also emphasize various title issues such as the interests of deceased parties, different types of conveyance instruments, and curing title. Don't just hear a lecture about chaining title - do it yourself through this important module!
To be successful as a land professional, it is imperative that the oil and gas lease be understood and recognized as the cornerstone contract of our profession. This legal document is the key to granting permission to the oil and gas company to enter onto the property of another to drill and produce minerals. In Module 3, we focus entirely on the Oil & Gas Lease including understanding basic lease terms as well as negotiating the lease and calculating lease interests. There is no better way to understand the ins and outs of the oil and gas lease than by taking this Module. Don't miss out! Sign up today.
Knowledge of the law is critical to the success of a land professional. For this reason, Module 4 focuses on the laws that impact the daily work of a land professional. Based on the Oil & Gas Law courses taught in law schools across the country (and on the Texas Bar Exam), this module focuses on the nature and characteristics of mineral interests, the rights and duties between the surface owner and mineral owners, the implied covenants in the Oil & Gas lease and Mineral Laws on hard minerals (on the AAPL exam). As the old adage goes, Ignorance of the law excuses no man. Don't be ignorant about laws that impact your work and take this important Module!
Area of Mutual Interest (AMI), Farm-outs/Farm-ins, Trades, Promotes, Dry Hole Contribution Agreements, Bottom Hole Contribution Agreements and of course, the Joint Operating Agreement are the most widely used contracts in our industry. These critical contracts enable oil and gas companies to explore for, develop, produce and market oil and gas. Land professionals must understand not only what makes a contract legally enforceable and the defenses thereto, they must have a working understanding of the most widely used contracts in the industry. These contracts are referenced every day in the life of a land manager and must be understood to fully integrate into a successful land professional. Don't be left in the dark! Seek out the light by signing up for Module 5 today!
Module 6 introduces students to the various federal laws that govern the oil and gas industry. Through this module, students will understand leasing of federal lands (both onshore and offshore), environmental laws and the tax laws that encourage development of our nation's valuable resources. Note: Topics from all modules are included on the American Association of Professional Landman (AAPL Exams). Don't miss out! Gain an advantage by taking this critical module on federal laws.