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Online Petroleum Land Management

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:

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The course will include the basics of what it means to be a Division Order Analyst: the skills required, relevant laws and topics such as how to calculate interests and how to set up a deck, to name just a few. This online course will consist of six individual modules, each one month in length. The course can be taken in individual modules to learn specific skills or take all six modules and receive your Certificate of Completion in Division Orders from Midland College. More Details »

Introduction to Land Management Practices

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.

Chaining, Interpreting and Curing Title

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!

Negotiating and Calculating Interests in the Oil & Gas Lease

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.

Oil and Gas Law and Its Impact on Land Practices

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!

Legally Enforceable Oil & Gas Contracts

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!

Federal Laws that Impact the Oil & Gas Industry

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.

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Advantages of the Online Professional Land Management Program

  • Convenient - Take the course wherever you want, regardless of geographical location. No parking, no driving, no traffic, no commute, no bad weather. All you need to take the program is a computer and internet access.
  • Flexible Schedule to Fit Your Busy Lifestyle - Take the course any time of day or night. While the live webinars are offered weekly at a set time, they are recorded for you to take when your schedule permits. Course time can be spent at the office or at home, whatever your busy schedule demands.
  • Interactive - Live one-hour webinars provide class interaction whereby the instructor generates class discussions and students have the opportunity to ask questions. In addition, our online format enhances your learning experience by allowing you to meet and work with peers from across the nation.
  • Targeted - The course is geared for land professionals and taught by a land professional, focusing not only on the theory of land management principles but on its practical application in real-world scenarios.
  • Calculations - Every module teaches calculations so they build foundations of understanding instead of having just one course on calculations.
  • Ethics - This course covers the AAPL Code for Ethics to encourage all landmen and land professionals to act as professionals abiding by the highest standards.
  • Field Trips - Two self-guided field trips are required: one to your county courthouse and another to a local AAPL, NALTA or NADOA lunch-and-learn program.

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