Mar 02, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Petroleum Land Administration

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Program Description

Petroleum Land Administration teaches the basics of petroleum land administration. Students learn to review and interpret land contracts and agreements, including leases, transfers, joint venture agreements and other land-related correspondence. Our unique lease record-keeping course is designed to give students practical, relevant expertise in a computer lab utilizing land system software.

Program Overview

Your Career

Graduates of this program find employment as land administrators managing records concerning freehold, Crown, Board Order and aboriginal lands.  Entry-level land administrators may hold positions such as Petroleum Land Administrators, Land Clerks, Operations File Clerk and Assistant Administrators to Managers, Public Land officers, Analysts and Land Consultants.

Student Success

Please contact the department for information.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate in Petroleum Land Administration.


There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the MacPhail School of Energy for more information.

Job Grant

Note: This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

Total Credits: 15

Program Outcomes

  1. Assess and interpret land contracts and agreements, including leases, transfers, joint venture agreements and other land-related correspondence.
  2. Apply basic understanding of key concepts in land administration including: Federal and Provincial land history and ownership; the role of land administration; land survey systems, Table of Formations; Crown Mineral Tenure (AB, SK & BC); Freehold Mineral Tenure; and Surface rights in Alberta.
  3. Apply basic understanding of documentation associated with freehold leases, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan Crown leases including special topics such as unitization, rentals, caveats, transfers, assignments and continuations.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of Joint Operating Agreements, Farmin/Farmout Agreements, Option Agreements, Pooling Agreements, Royalty Agreements, Notice of Assignment as well as various industry procedures such as CAPL Operating Procedure, Farmout and Royalty Procedure and Assignment Procedure.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of various land administration methods to update records for continuation, various obligations, and changes in working interests, royalties, producing lands, and unitization.

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