May 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Petroleum Land Administration

Location(s): Online

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Designed to equip you with the fundamentals of petroleum land administration, this program provides a specialized education in the management of land contracts, agreements and related documentation required by the energy industry.

You will gain in-depth knowledge of leases, transfers, joint venture agreements and other vital land-related correspondences.

In this program, you will:

  • master the interpretation and management of various land contracts and agreements
  • develop an understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks surrounding land administration
  • develop the skills to administer land agreements that govern freehold, Crown and Aboriginal lands
  • gain the knowledge to work effectively within land departments of energy companies, government bodies and land consultancy firms.

Prepare for various roles in land administration, with potential positions including petroleum land administrator, land clerk or land officer. 

The petroleum industry is always seeking skilled personnel to handle complex land administration tasks, and our program sets you up for success in this field.

If you are looking for a role that combines the petroleum industry’s legal, technical and administrative aspects, this program is for you. 

Traits, skills and aptitudes

To work in petroleum land administration, you need:

  • written and verbal communication skills
  • analytical, time-management and problem-solving skills
  • organizational skills and attention to detail
  • patience
  • ability to work with little supervision
  • computer skills.

You should enjoy following clear rules, keeping organized, and dealing with legal matters. 


After successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Petroleum Land Administration certificate.

Program length

15 weeks

Not open to international applicants

This program is not available to international applicants at this time. 


This program is eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Procurement and purchasing agents and officers (12102)
  • Other business services managers (10029)
  • Correspondence, publication and regulatory clerks (14301)
  • Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts (41401)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency.

There are no further admission requirements for this program.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Program outline

The Petroleum Land Administration certificate requires 15 credits (six courses) to complete.

You’ll have up to five years from the start of your first course to complete all required courses.


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

No textbooks are required.

Energy program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our MacPhail School of Energy.

Phone: 403.284.8451

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 a 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, farm-in/farm-out agreements, option agreements, pooling agreements, royalty agreements, notice of assignment, and various industry procedures such as CAPL operating procedure, farm-out 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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