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Lifecycle of Oil and Natural Gas

Lifecycle ​of Oil and Natural Gas​

The Lifecycle of Oil and Natural Gas Certificate is designed to educate professionals within the energy industry and those on the periphery, about the complete lifecycle of oil and natural gas resources. Topics explore everything from geology to accessing land, drilling and completions, upstream marketing and managing risk. The goal of the course is to provide a high level of understanding of the multiple processes, technologies and components used by geologists and engineers to find and produce fossil fuels, as well as gain a basic understanding of land, financing, marketing, regulatory requirements and government/public relations.

Designed to provide a high level of understanding of the life cycle of oil and gas. Answers basic questions such as: Where is it? How does the industry get it out of the ground? Where does it go? What are the financial environmental risks and financial rewards? The course spans topics from discovering oil and gas, land administration, extraction, refining, treating, storing, marketing, trading, financing, and managing risk.

Why enroll?

  • Gain a strong understanding of the multiple processes, technologies, and components used by geologists and engineers to find and produce fossil fuels.
  • Study the relationships between land, finance, marketing, and governmental and public relations.
  • Learn from experts about key areas such as land and surface issues drilling, upstream marketing, and risk management.
  • Participate in an extensive oil rig tour and an energy exploration game that challenges you to prepare an investment strategy, lease land, acquire permits, drill and produce.

Course Details

Classes offered every April, June and September.

Date and time:

Six week course, with optional seventh week rig tour. Course meets every Wednesday evening, starting September 2, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. All weeks must be attended for successful completion of course.


CU Denver Business School
1380 Lawrence Street Center
Terrace Room (2nd Floor)
Denver, CO 80202

About the course:

There are no prerequisites to register. To receive the certificate, you must attend both required days in full. ​


Lisa Hamil, CPL

Cost of attendance:

$1500. Denver Petroleum Club members receive a $250 discount

Registration details and deadlines:

Register by Monday, August 31, 2015. Limited seats available.


Offered through the Global Energy Management Program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School in partnership with the Denver Petroleum Club.


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