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Marilyn Davies College of Business

UHD College of Business Continuing Education program is closing and will not be offering any courses in 2019. However, a partnership with a new University that is willing to accommodate ALL of the PLM and APLM Certification Programs is has been entered into.

Effective January 1, 2019 Metropolitan State University Denver (MSU Denver) will be offering all six of the Petroleum LandManagement Certificate Programs. 

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY STARTED ANY OF THE PLM CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS, MSU Denver will accept any of the PLM courses previously taken through UHD as credit towards any of the PLM certificates.

Go to this link for complete information.

The Davies​ College of Business's Continuing and Professional Development division has over 20 years providing quality energy education and training for professional development and career advancement. Our energy programs are recognized by several national associations including the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL),  National Association of Lease and Title Analysts (NALTA), and National Association of Division Order Analysts (NADOA). 


Relevance, flexibility, and affordability make our courses and certificates unique. ​We offer twenty-one online courses and seven certificates in the energy field. Each course is four weeks long and has been designed for professionals like you to gain the know-how to advance in your career. You can complete individual courses as desired or select the courses required to receive one of the following certificates:​


This noncredit certificate addresses the growing demand for well-trained and skilled petroleum land management specialists. It aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the petroleum land management field for professionals who would like to enter the industry or who are already in the energy land management field and are seeking formal training to advance their career. This program covers several essential topics for petroleum land success including: the fundamentals of petroleum land, property and mineral ownership, basic contracts, calculating oil and gas interests, petroleum land practices and how to become a great negotiator. Click here for more information.


This noncredit certificate program provides an in-depth study of valuable and essential topics for intermediate to advanced PLM personnel. It addresses the professional development needs of land management professionals with 3 or more years of experience in the field or professionals with less job experience who have obtained a PLM certificate from an accredited education institution. Its curriculum 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. Click here for more information.


Division Order Analysts carry out a vital and important function for an oil and gas company. Their tasks are many. They are called upon to calculate each owner’s interest in a well to the 8th decimal place. They are often called upon to cure very complex title problems. They often handle substantial amounts of suspended funds. They speak with mineral owners, non-operators, overriding royalty owners, title attorneys and are called upon to coordinate well ownership with marketing, engineering and production. They provide correct information to the accounting department so people can get paid correctly. After a well is drilled and is producing, they become the guardians of everyone’s interest in that producing well. Click here for more information.


The oil and gas lease is, without question, the foundation of every oil and gas exploration and production company. It can be said, with a great deal of certainty, that these simple pieces of paper are, indeed, the greatest assets a company can own. With this in mind, the role of the oil and gas personnel who oversee and manage these simple pieces of paper becomes paramount for the success of the oil and gas company. These people have been hired not as data input personnel but rather as the guardians of the company assets. Their responsibility goes far beyond shuffling paper and capturing information into a computer system. Their job is as an analyst, overseer, maintainer, and guardian of these assets. For the company to realize its maximum success those who oversee the leases must also succeed. Click here for more information.


The functions of the Land Technician can be diverse. They might be called upon to perform a multitude of important tasks including researching complicated contracts, leases, title and/or land owner issues; providing analysis of land contracts and leases; calculating working and net revenue interests; processing and monitoring invoices from field brokers and title attorneys; preparing and routing AFE’s; preparing paperwork and correspondence to be sent to partners; and/or updating relevant internal databases to ensure compliance with contracts and agreements. Click here for more information.


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. While landmen are sometimes hired by energy companies, they more commonly work as independent contractors for brokers, who hire them to perform the services required before any drilling can commence. These services might 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. Click here for more information.


This noncredit certificate develops the skills of those interested in entering the right of way profession and succeeding in this highly-demanded and expanding field. Courses contain the topics, tasks, challenges, strategies and hands-on information required by individuals who plan on working in the Private Sector of Right of Way. Click here for more information.

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Last updated 11/27/2018 8:26 AM