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The recent expansion of gas and oil exploration and development in the United States has increased the demand for land management professionals across the nation. The University of Houston-Downtown offers a noncredit Professional Land Management Certificate (PLM Certificate) specifically designed to address the growing demand for well trained and skilled land management specialists.
The program was created in partnership with Petroleum Education Workshops, the premier educational and training center for oil and gas personnel. Courses are offered by UHD faculty members and industry experts. The program bridges the education gap for those persons wanting exposure to University quality instruction on a condensed basis without the pressure of exams.
Since 2011, UHD has awarded the PLM Certificate to over 600 professionals. Its competency-based curriculum has effectively improved the career opportunities of a diverse group of professionals involved in the land management field:
Students are required to complete six courses to obtain the UHD PLM Certificate. These courses are offered both online and face-to-face. Students can attend all courses online or face-to-face or combine both delivery methods to suit their preferences, work schedule, or other personal circumstances.
Courses can be taken in any order, and students can receive continuing education credits for approved courses by applying to the American Association of Professional Landmen (APPL).
"I completed the Landman course a year ago. I wanted to let you know that I am happily working for ExxonMobil now as a direct result of the course. The knowledge I learned from the course was indispensable for me in discussing the range of energy topics from hydraulic fracturing to farm-in/farm-out agreements. Thank you for everything you taught during this course."
"I have worked in advertising for the past 12 years. I signed up for your class as a first step to restart my career. Last week I was offered a position doing contract work as a land administrator for a major company that has plenty of room for growth and development. I am so excited about this opportunity, and I feel the tools and confidence you provided me in class is what helped me get my foot in the door. I know the knowledge I gained will help carry me throughout my oil and gas career."
"It has been a tremendous program and I'll certainly recommend it to colleagues and those interested in the industry."
"I am so thankful I found out about your on-line program. I had 15 years experience in the legal field and knew nothing about the oil and gas industry. I have learned so much through this program. Mid-way through the courses, my employer noticed my increased understanding of the industry."
"I have found everything to be very beneficial. Coming into the industry just over a year ago with no experience what so ever and very little knowledge in oil and gas. The last 6 months have help me tremendously in my career and though I feel I have learned a lot, there is so much more to learn about property ownership. Because of your courses, I'm confident I have a solid base to build my education off of. I think you're running a great program!"
"I've been doing this for a number of years and it is great to see a program pull the many aspects of land management together. Many of the programs out there do this through one day seminars, etc. that cost $500+ and they review a basic understanding crammed in a day or two. This seems to be a pretty thorough program...I love what I do so it is great to be enriching the career path."
"I received the job offer on Thursday, and they want me to start in two weeks. I just want to say thank you for helping me along the way. I really have learned so much valuable information that I wouldn't have had I no taken your course. Also, I really appreciate having a teacher so open to questions from students. Thanks again for everything. "
"This course has given me so much information, its amazing. I will keep these books forever. Thank you for reassuring me, this certification is the most important thing I've ever done in my life. It really means the world to me. Thanks again for everything. I would definitely be lost without your guidance and support."
"The Professional Land Management Certificate program at University of Houston-Downtown not only looks good on my resume, it taught me the things I needed to know to get started in my new career in the oil and gas business. The knowledge I gained in this program is something I actually use on the job and in the real world everyday. Thanks UHD! ...and Terrill Williams and Petroleum Education Workshops."
"Whereas, others had offered training for just landmen and attorneys, our courses reach all facets of petroleum land management including division order analysts, lease administrators and land techs. This is one of the reasons for the program's success. Currently, several Houston based oil and gas companies send all of their land and land administration personnel through the PLM Certificate program."
–Terrill Williams, PEW President and PLM Instructor
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