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The expansion of gas and oil exploration and development in the United States has increased the demand for land management.

The University of Houston-Downtown College of Business offers a noncredit Professional Land Management Certificate Program specifically designed to address the growing demand for well trained and skilled land management specialists.

The UHD program was created in partnership with Petroleum Education Workshops, the premier educational and training center for oil and gas personnel. Courses are taught by UHD faculty members and industry experts.

The program offers an exciting opportunity to bridge the education gap for professionals who want university-quality instruction in a condensed format and without the pressure of college exams.


Students are required to complete six courses to obtain the UHD PLM Certificate:

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  • Petroleum Land Management Fundamentals
  • Property and Mineral Ownership
  • Negotiating Skills and Techniques
  • Basic Contracts and Agreements
  • Petroleum Land Management Practices
  • Calculating Oil and Gas Interests

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Courses can be taken in any order, and students can receive 12 continuing education credits for each course through the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), National Association of Lease and Title Analysts (NALTA), and National Association of Division Order Analysts (NADOA).

Options to Suit Different Schedules

These courses are offered both online and face-to-face (in the classroom). Students can choose either type, or combine both delivery methods to suit their preferences, work schedule or other considerations.                                                            

Proven Results

Since 2011, UHD has awarded the PLM Certificate to more than 900 professionals. Its competency-based curriculum has effectively improved the career opportunities of a diverse group of professionals involved in petroleum land management:

  • Landmen
  • Lease administrators
  • Division order analysts
  • Field brokers
  • Lease and title analysts
  • GIS professional
  • Attorneys and other professionals interested in understanding the PLM field




The Distinctiveness of the UHD PLM Certificate

Terrill Williams

"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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Last updated or reviewed on 10/21/14

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