Skip to main content Skip to main content

Petroleum Land Management Course Descriptions

The Petroleum Land Management (PLM) courses are delivered online, and each course is one month long. Once you complete the required courses, a MSU Denver certificate will be awarded. To receive recertification hours, you must take an exam with AAPL, NADOA or NALTA. 

Each course is $450, and will often your employer may reimburse you for it.


This certificate addresses the growing demand for well-trained and skilled petroleum land management specialists by providing a comprehensive understanding of the industry. This certificate is ideal for someone entering the petroleum land management field, or someone already in the field and seeking formal training to advance their career. The following are the six required courses to earn the certificate.

  • Petroleum Land Management Fundamentals – This introductory course on petroleum land management takes a methodical approach in laying the foundational principles for oil and gas land management. Topics include a general introduction to the oil and gas lease, oil and gas law, mineral, surface and royalty rights, calculating net mineral interests, and more.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL, NALTA, NADOA recertification hours

  • Property and Mineral Ownership – Understanding property and mineral ownership and the transferring of title is critical for all those working in petroleum land management. This course takes an in-depth and thorough look at the subject, studying land and mineral ownership in the U.S., differing types of property ownership, the rules surrounding ownership and conveying property, varying types of conveyances, testate and intestate succession, the many types of title transfers that an result for court actions, curing land titles, and the law governing oil and gas ownership and development.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTS/NADOA recertification hours

  • Negotiating Skills and Techniques – An essential skill for landmen is negotiating. This course will cover industry-specific information, the application of different approaches, and the techniques in negotiations to achieve the best end result. Applicable laws and ethical considerations will also be discussed.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours

  • Basic Contracts and Agreements – This course will provide an understanding of contract law, and is designed for oil and gas professionals working directly or indirectly in land or land administration. Students will understand why and when these contracts should be used and the challenges they may pose. Contracts to be examined include the Joint Venture Agreement, Area of Mutual Interest Agreement, Seismic Agreements, Surface Agreements, unit operating agreements, unit agreements, the AAPL Joint Operating Agreement, and the Farmout Agreement.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours

  • Petroleum Land Management Practices – This course is designed to help the student understand the process of petroleum land management, including: title ownership examination, acquisition of an oil and gas lease, state regulatory commission or the Bureau of Land Management involvement, proper payment of revenue, and more.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours

  • Calculating Oil and Gas Interests – Even those who have been doing oil and gas calculations for years would agree that calculating interests can sometimes be confusing. This course is not only fun and creative, but can also be insightful and full of hands-on oil and gas issues to master. Students will gain a larger understanding of the rules relating to title conveyances, burdens, net revenue interests, overriding royalty interests, units, payouts, non-consenting interests, and more.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours

This certificate provides an in-depth study of valuable and essential topics for intermediate to advanced PLM personnel. It has been designed in response to the need for continued and deeper training in the areas of curing title conflicts, legal aspects surrounding petroleum land, the rapid growth and usage of technology, ethical standards for land personnel, environmental concerns facing our industry, and our nation's fascination with renewable energy. The following are the five required courses to earn the certificate.

  • Critical Legal Concepts in the Land Profession - This course offers specialized instruction for the landman, land technician, lease or title analyst, attorney, or division order analyst. The students will learn about federal and state ownership of land and minerals, state specific title issues and statutes, specific language in conveyances, and state-specific legal concepts among other topics.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Comprehensive Study of the Oil and Gas Lease – This course will help land management and land administration personnel manage the company’s oil and gas lease assets by providing a solid understanding of the common provisions and legal significance of an oil and gas lease. Students will better understand Termination vs. Savings clauses and will be able to evaluate the implications of modifying lease language.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Curing Land Titles - Curing title defects is one of the most important functions of petroleum land management. This course provides a solid understanding of the critical elements surrounding marketable title, the title opinion and curative, common conflicts in a chain of title, encumbrances that are superior to the oil and gas lease, and curative pertaining to surface issues.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Environmental and Ethical Issues in PLM - This course explores environmental and ethical issues related to PLM. Legislation, court decisions, and governmental agencies have all created a level of environmental regulation that can affect the land professionals’ work. This course includes case studies to apply ethical and/or environmental principles.

24 clock hours – 12 NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Renewable Energy Sources – Students will learn more about energy sources in the U.S., and a greater understanding of wind, solar and geothermal energy, wind lease agreements, and compensation packages for land owners. It also explores the impact of the production of these sources of energy on the land management industry.

24 clock hours – 12 NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

Division Order Analysts carry out a vital and important functions for an oil and gas company. They are often required to meticulously calculate each owner’s interest in a well, cure complex title problems, and handle substantial amounts of suspended funds. They regularly speak with mineral owners, non-operators, overriding royalty owners, title attorneys and are required to coordinate well ownership with marketing, engineering and production. After a well is drilled and is producing, they become the guardians of everyone’s interest in that producing well. The following are the six required courses to earn the certificate.

  • Petroleum Land Management Fundamentals - This introductory course on petroleum land management takes a methodical approach in laying the foundational principles for oil and gas land management. Topics include a general introduction to the oil and gas lease, oil and gas law, mineral, surface and royalty rights, calculating net mineral interests, and more.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Property and Mineral Ownership - Understanding property and mineral ownership and the transferring of title is critical for all those working in petroleum land management. This course takes an in-depth and thorough look at the subject, studying land and mineral ownership in the U.S., differing types of property ownership, the rules surrounding ownership and conveying property, varying types of conveyances, testate and intestate succession, the many types of title transfers that an result for court actions, curing land titles, and the law governing oil and gas ownership and development.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Basic Contracts and Agreements - This course will provide an understanding of contract law, and is designed for oil and gas professionals working directly or indirectly in land or land administration. Students will understand why and when these contracts should be used and the challenges they may pose. Contracts to be examined include the Joint Venture Agreement, Area of Mutual Interest Agreement, Seismic Agreements, Surface Agreements, unit operating agreements, unit agreements, the AAPL Joint Operating Agreement, and the Farmout Agreement.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Calculating Oil and Gas Interests - Even those who have been doing oil and gas calculations for years would agree that calculating interests can sometimes be confusing. This course is not only fun and creative, but can also be insightful and full of hands-on oil and gas issues to master. Students will gain a larger understanding of the rules relating to title conveyances, burdens, net revenue interests, overriding royalty interests, units, payouts, non-consenting interests, and more.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Curing Land Titles – One of the most important functions in PLM is curing title defects. This course provides a solid understanding of the critical elements surrounding marketable title, title opinion and curative, common conflicts in a chain of title, encumbrances that are superior to the oil and gas lease, and curative pertaining to surface issues.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Rightly Dividing the Division of Interest – In this course, the student will look at various elements of a contract in order to rightly divide the division of interest. The student will look at each of these elements and then examine actual deeds or contracts in order to determine proper and correct ownership outcomes.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours

The oil and gas lease is the foundation of every oil and gas exploration and production company. Leases and titles are the greatest assets a company can own, and the role of the oil and gas personnel who oversee and manage these documents is fundamental for the success of the company. Students will be prepared to become analysts, overseers, maintainers, and guardians of a company's assets. ​The following are the six required courses to earn the certificate.

  • Petroleum Land Management Fundamentals - This introductory course on petroleum land management takes a methodical approach in laying the foundational principles for oil and gas land management. Topics include a general introduction to the oil and gas lease, oil and gas law, mineral, surface and royalty rights, calculating net mineral interests, and more.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Property and Mineral Ownership - Understanding property and mineral ownership and the transferring of title is critical for all those working in petroleum land management. This course takes an in-depth and thorough look at the subject, studying land and mineral ownership in the U.S., differing types of property ownership, the rules surrounding ownership and conveying property, varying types of conveyances, testate and intestate succession, the many types of title transfers that an result for court actions, curing land titles, and the law governing oil and gas ownership and development.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Basic Contracts and Agreements - This course will provide an understanding of contract law, and is designed for oil and gas professionals working directly or indirectly in land or land administration. Students will understand why and when these contracts should be used and the challenges they may pose. Contracts to be examined include the Joint Venture Agreement, Area of Mutual Interest Agreement, Seismic Agreements, Surface Agreements, unit operating agreements, unit agreements, the AAPL Joint Operating Agreement, and the Farmout Agreement.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Comprehensive Study of the Oil and Gas Lease - This course will help land management and land administration personnel manage the company’s oil and gas lease assets by providing a solid understanding of the common provisions and legal significance of an oil and gas lease. Students will better understand Termination vs. Savings clauses and will be able to evaluate the implications of modifying lease language.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Curing Land Titles - One of the most important functions in PLM is curing title defects. This course provides a solid understanding of the critical elements surrounding marketable title, title opinion and curative, common conflicts in a chain of title, encumbrances that are superior to the oil and gas lease, and curative pertaining to surface issues.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Mastering Lease Obligations – The lease is the foundation of every oil and gas exploration and production company. The personnel who oversees and manages these become paramount for the success of the company. Students will be given the tools to master the lease.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

This certificate will prepare a land technician to research and analyze complicated contracts and leases, calculate working and net revenue interests, process and monitor invoices from field brokers and title attorneys, prepare paperwork and correspondence to be sent to partners, and update relevant internal databases to ensure compliance with contracts and agreements. The following are the seven required courses to earn the certificate.

  • Petroleum Land Management Fundamentals - This introductory course on petroleum land management takes a methodical approach in laying the foundational principles for oil and gas land management. Topics include a general introduction to the oil and gas lease, oil and gas law, mineral, surface and royalty rights, calculating net mineral interests, and more.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Basic Contracts and Agreements - This course will provide an understanding of contract law, and is designed for oil and gas professionals working directly or indirectly in land or land administration. Students will understand why and when these contracts should be used and the challenges they may pose. Contracts to be examined include the Joint Venture Agreement, Area of Mutual Interest Agreement, Seismic Agreements, Surface Agreements, unit operating agreements, unit agreements, the AAPL Joint Operating Agreement, and the Farmout Agreement.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Petroleum Land Management Practices - This course is designed to help the student understand the process of petroleum land management, including: title ownership examination, acquisition of an oil and gas lease, state regulatory commission or the Bureau of Land Management involvement, proper payment of revenue, and more.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours

  • Calculating Oil and Gas Interests - Even those who have been doing oil and gas calculations for years would agree that calculating interests can sometimes be confusing. This course is not only fun and creative, but can also be insightful and full of hands-on oil and gas issues to master. Students will gain a larger understanding of the rules relating to title conveyances, burdens, net revenue interests, overriding royalty interests, units, payouts, non-consenting interests, and more.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours

  • Critical Legal Concepts in the Land Profession - This course offers specialized instruction for the landman, land technician, lease or title analyst, attorney, or division order analyst. The students will learn about federal and state ownership of land and minerals, state specific title issues and statutes, specific language in conveyances, and state-specific legal concepts among other topics.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Comprehensive Study of the Oil and Gas Lease - This course will help land management and land administration personnel manage the company’s oil and gas lease assets by providing a solid understanding of the common provisions and legal significance of an oil and gas lease. Students will better understand Termination vs. Savings clauses and will be able to evaluate the implications of modifying lease language.

 24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Curing Land Titles - One of the most important functions in PLM is curing title defects. This course provides a solid understanding of the critical elements surrounding marketable title, title opinion and curative, common conflicts in a chain of title, encumbrances that are superior to the oil and gas lease, and curative pertaining to surface issues.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

Before a company can begin drilling for oil or gas, they need to own the rights to the oil and/or minerals owned by the mineral owners. Field landmen are the ones who bridge the gap between the oil companies and the landowners. The Field Landman Certificate prepares students for responsibilities that may include a determination of land and mineral ownership, the procurement and negotiations of land and mineral leases, curing land titles, an examination of surface issues, due diligence projects, and/or contract negotiations. The following are seven required courses to earn the certificate.

  • Petroleum Land Management Fundamentals - This introductory course on petroleum land management takes a methodical approach in laying the foundational principles for oil and gas land management. Topics include a general introduction to the oil and gas lease, oil and gas law, mineral, surface and royalty rights, calculating net mineral interests, and more.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL, NALTA, NADOA recertification hours

  • Negotiating Skills and Techniques - An essential skill for landmen is negotiating. This course will cover industry-specific information, the application of different approaches, and the techniques in negotiations to achieve the best end result. Applicable laws and ethical considerations will also be discussed.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours

  • Basic Contracts and Agreements - This course will provide an understanding of contract law, and is designed for oil and gas professionals working directly or indirectly in land or land administration. Students will understand why and when these contracts should be used and the challenges they may pose. Contracts to be examined include the Joint Venture Agreement, Area of Mutual Interest Agreement, Seismic Agreements, Surface Agreements, unit operating agreements, unit agreements, the AAPL Joint Operating Agreement, and the Farmout Agreement.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours

  • Petroleum Land Management Practices - This course is designed to help the student understand the process of petroleum land management, including: title ownership examination, acquisition of an oil and gas lease, state regulatory commission or the Bureau of Land Management involvement, proper payment of revenue, and more.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours

  • Profession - This course offers specialized instruction for the landman, land technician, lease or title analyst, attorney, or division order analyst. The students will learn about federal and state ownership of land and minerals, state specific title issues and statutes, specific language in conveyances, and state-specific legal concepts among other topics.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Curing Land Titles - One of the most important functions in PLM is curing title defects. This course provides a solid understanding of the critical elements surrounding marketable title, title opinion and curative, common conflicts in a chain of title, encumbrances that are superior to the oil and gas lease, and curative pertaining to surface issues.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours 

  • Essentials to Conveying and Chaining Title - Understanding property ownership and how to chain title is critical for all those working as a field landman. This course takes an in-depth and thorough look at the subject, including: studying land and mineral ownership in the U.S., differing types of property ownership and conveyances, the rules surrounding mineral and royalty ownership, and the rules for conveying property.

24 clock hours – 12 AAPL/NALTA/NADOA recertification hours

Edit this page