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Petroleum Land Management Certificates and Courses

From landing your first job to advancing your career in the energy field, MSU Denver’s Petroleum Land Management (PLM) courses and certificates prepare land and land administration professionals for long-term success in the oil and gas industry. Our curriculum is a partnership with Petroleum Education Workshops.

Each course is one-month long and available entirely online.

You can choose to take one of our 14 online courses, or combine for a full certificate.

View the full list of certificates and courses offered



Professional Land Management

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Provides a comprehensive understanding of the petroleum land management (PLM) field. Find more information on the course description webpage

Adv. Petroleum Land Management

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Provides an in-depth study of valuable and essential topics for intermediate to advanced PLM personnel. Find more information on the course description webpage.

Division Order Analyst

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Trains you how on to carry out vital tasks, including calculating the interest in a well, curing complex title problems, and handling substantial amounts of suspended funds. Find more information on the course description webpage

Lease and Title Analyst

Title Certificate

Prepares you to become analysts overseers, maintainers, and guardians of the company’s assets - the foundation of every oil and gas exploration. Find more information on the course description webpage.

Land Technician

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Prepares you for the diverse functions, including: research complicated contracts and land owner issues, analyze contracts, calculate working and net revenue interests, and more. Find more information on the course description webpage.

Field Landman


Trains you on bridging the gap between oil companies and landowners, and completing the services that are required before any drilling can begin. Find more information on the course description webpage. 

About the Instructors


Terrill WilliamsTerrill Williams instructor

Terrill Williams is the founder and owner of Petroleum Education Workshops LLC, a leading educational and training center for the oil and gas industry. He is a well-known speaker, instructor, and educator in the oil and gas industry having a career that has spanned over 40 years. He has worked in the trenches, both in land and land administration. His unique instruction, resource materials, and training style reach hundreds of land professionals each year. 

Terrill has authored several industry books including: Calculating your Division of Interest, Mastering Lease Obligations, Rightly Dividing your Division of Interest, Basic Contracts for the Land Professional, Introduction to Petroleum Land Management, Property and Mineral Ownership, A Comprehensive Study of the Oil and Gas Lease, Curing Land Title, Petroleum Land Practices, and Critical Legal Concepts for the Land Professional.




Kurt StanberryKurt Stanberry instructor

Kurt Stanberry is the 2011/12 recipient of the PLM Endowed Professorship. He is also a licensed attorney. He received his BA from Yale University, an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Temple University, and a JD from the University of Houston College of Law. 

Kurt teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in business law, contracts, employment law, negotiations, ethics and related topics. He also conducts continuing education seminars in topics such as negotiations, leadership, diversity, and ethics for CPA 's, CFP 's, attorneys, and business executives, through organizations such as the AICPA, FEI, and TSCPA at the state and national levels. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, two textbooks, various practice manuals, and cases.



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