Posted on: Mar , 2024

There has never been a better time to earn your university level certificate in land management. Whether you are a landman, division order analyst or lease analyst – Midland College, in the heart of the Permian Basin, offers you a certificate in each of these disciplines.

Expand your land management knowledge with practical, real life competencies to make an immediate impact in your job and catapult your career to the next level.

As we kick off the new series with Module 1 courses in April, I thought you all may want to hear from your peers about the experience. Read on to hear a graduate perspective:

Enrolling in the PLM Certificate Program was truly transformative for me. Despite graduating from the Energy Commerce program at Texas Tech with what I thought was a solid understanding of the oil and gas industry, this course offered a refreshingly practical approach to the day-to-day competencies required of a landman.

One of the standout moments for me was diving into running title in Module 2. The hands-on approach to chaining title was indispensable for grasping this critical function. Additionally, the module on the oil and gas lease in Module 3 not only covered lease provisions but also delved into negotiation tactics and interest calculations, providing invaluable real-world insights.

Module 4 introduced to oil and gas law, while Module 5 focused on contracts, with a particular emphasis on Farmouts and JOAs. These topics not only refreshed my memory but also shed light on how contractual agreements drive the development of oil and gas projects.

What truly distinguishes this course is its instructor, Alyce Hoge. An attorney, landman, division order analyst and lease and title analyst, Hoge brings a unique passion and perspective to the course including a holistic approach to industry education. From exploring the historical significance of oil and gas production to dissecting lease agreements and ethical considerations, every facet was meticulously covered. As someone stepping into a career in this field, I now feel equipped to navigate complex lease agreements, unravel chain of title issues, and uphold the highest ethical standards as a landman.

The breadth and depth of knowledge I gained over just six months were truly remarkable. Each lesson, from understanding conveyance tools to emphasizing the importance of specificity in contracts, contributed to my growth and readiness for the real-world challenges ahead. Whether managing existing leases or pursuing new opportunities, I am confident in my ability to make informed decisions and contribute meaningfully to the industry.

Reflecting on my experience, the PLM Certificate Program not only provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the oil and gas industry but also instilled in me a profound appreciation for its indispensable role in our daily lives. I am deeply grateful to Alyce Hoge and Midland College for the opportunity to have been a part of this program and eagerly anticipate applying my newfound knowledge and skills to make a positive impact in the industry.

– Ryan Mitchell, PLM Graduate