PetroAcademy combines self-paced online training with virtual instructor-led sessions, utilizing PetroSkills' industry knowledge, expertise, content, and technology to deliver world-class training to oil and gas professionals around the world.

Benefits Include:

    Reduced Time to competency

   ► No travel expenses

   ► No time away from work

    Access to a PetroSkills expert

    Learning at the point of need


Available Blended Courses

The courses below are currently available for enrollment via PetroAcademy. Check back for additional options as they are added.

Applied Reservoir Engineering: RE

The Applied Reservoir Engineering Blended Program represents the core of the PetroSkills’ reservoir engineering program and the foundation for all future studies in this subject. Numerous engineering practices are covered, ranging from fluid and rock properties to simulation and field development planning. Proficiency in using Microsoft Excel to perform calculations and make graphs is desirable. Reservoir engineering is also presented in the context of a modern, multi-disciplinary team effort using supporting computer technology.


2019 Dates:

3 June - 8 November

3 September - 7 February


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Basic Drilling, Completions, & Workover Operations: BDC

Basic Drilling, Completions, & Workover Operations presents the basics of drilling and completion operations, plus post-completion enhancement (workovers). Participants will learn to visualize what is happening downhole, discover what can be accomplished, and learn how drilling and completion can alter reservoir performance. Learn to communicate with drilling and production personnel.


This program will be delivered 100% virtually through PetroAcademyproviding participants with the knowledge they need at their convenience. All learning activities are self-paced and can be completed at any time.

Basic Geophysics: BGP

Basic Geophysics in Blended format is designed to familiarize anyone using seismic data with the nature of the data and what they specifically represent. One of the key goals of the course is to explain the confusing amount of jargon that is used by the geophysical community when they use seismic data. The course is supplemented by a large number of case histories that concretely illustrate the principles in the course material. These are updated with every course presentation to keep up with the rapidly developing technology in this field.


2019 Dates:

23 April - 19 June

18 June - 14 August

10 September - 6 November


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Basic Petroleum Technology Principles: BPT

Basic Petroleum Technology Principles provides the participant with an understanding of basic petroleum technology in the context of the Petroleum Value Chain, from exploration to abandonment. The participant will understand how and when geoscience and engineering professionals use technology to find, then determine and optimize the economic value of an oil and gas field. This enables the participant to maximize their professional and administrative contribution in their organization.


This program will be delivered 100% virtually through PetroAcademyproviding participants with the knowledge they need at their convenience. All learning activities are self-paced and can be completed at any time.


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Basic Reservoir Engineering: BR

The Basic Reservoir Engineering Blended Program is designed to help the participants develop a more complete understanding of the characteristics of oil and gas reservoirs, from fluid and rock characteristics through reservoir definition, delineation, classification, development, and production. Data collection, integration, and application directed toward maximizing recovery and Net Present Value are stressed. Basic reservoir engineering equations are introduced with emphasis directed to parameter significance and an understanding of the results. For nearly 30 years this has been one of our most popular and successful courses.


2019 Dates:

2 June - 30 August 2019

3 September - 15 November 


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Basics of Rotating & Static Mechanical Equipment: RSM

Basics of Rotating and Static Mechanical Equipment provides an overview of mechanical rotating and non-rotating equipment. The focus is on equipment selection of pumps, compressors and drivers and their integration into the process scheme and control strategy in upstream and midstream oil and gas facilities. The course also reviews the key areas associated with the design of piping systems, pressure vessels, heaters and tanks. The material of the course is applicable to field production facilities, pipelines, gas plants, and offshore systems.


This program will be delivered 100% virtually through PetroAcademyproviding participants with the knowledge they need at their convenience. All learning activities are self-paced and can be completed at any time.


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Casing Design Workshop: CDW

Casing Design Workshop is an integral part of a drilling engineer’s work scope. This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the design process, emphasizing the working stress approach currently used in the industry. Upon completion, participants will be able to select casing points, identify tubular requirements, loads, and present a design which incorporates life cycle considerations. Estimation of standard and special loads is covered in detail. Standard theories of strength and failure are discussed as well as advanced considerations for combined loads. 


2019 Dates:

26 August - 26 September


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Completions and Workovers: CAW

The Completions and Workovers Blended Program represents one of the most popular foundation series courses within PetroSkills’ production engineering curriculum. Participants will become familiar with many aspects of modern completion design as well as a variety of workover technologies. This course is intended to be broad based, and includes both conventional and unconventional wells. The focus of this program is on design and selection.


2019 Dates:

16 April - 7 June

6 August - 4 October


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Foundations of Petrophysics: FPP

Foundations of Petrophysics discusses principles, applications, and integration of petrophysical information for reservoir description. Through a series of online learning activities, participants will learn how to conduct competent quicklook evaluations. Using data from open hole logs, logging-while-drilling, and core data you will evaluate porosity, permeability, and saturation in a variety of reservoirs. Knowing how to integrate petrophysical information with other data sources will improve participants’ ability to assess technical risk when examining hydrocarbon opportunities.


This program will be delivered 100% virtually through PetroAcademyproviding participants with the knowledge they need at their convenience. All learning activities are self-paced and can be completed at any time.


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Gas Conditioning & Processing Principles: G3

Gas Conditioning & Processing Principles delivers base knowledge that is required for a successful career as an entry level facilities engineer, seasoned operator, and / or field supervisor. These modules provide an understanding of common terminology, hydrocarbons and their physical properties, qualitative and quantitative phase behavior, hydrates, and fluid flow. In addition, they provide a systematic approach to understanding the common types of equipment, and the primary unit operations in both offshore and onshore gas conditioning and processing facilities.


This program will be delivered 100% virtually through PetroAcademyproviding participants with the knowledge they need at their convenience. All learning activities are self-paced and can be completed at any time.


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NODAL Analysis Workshop: NAW

NODAL Analysis Workshop is an integral part of a production or completion engineer’s work scope, and is often applied throughout a well’s life to maximize value - from the beginning of the completion design process through underperforming well diagnostics. This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of this analysis technique, emphasizing real world application through multiple problems from different perspectives.


2019 Dates:

22 April - 15 May


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Process Safety Engineering Principles: PSE

The Process Safety Engineering Principles Blended Program provides an overview of process safety engineering fundamentals for hydrocarbon processing facilities. The focus of this course is on the engineering/design aspects of Process Safety Management. Frequent reference is made to historical incidents and recurring problem areas. Techniques for analyzing and mitigating process safety hazards applicable to oil and gas processing will also be reviewed. This program integrates the concepts covered to achieve a measured approach to Process Safety Engineering.


This program will be delivered 100% virtually through PetroAcademyproviding participants with the knowledge they need at their convenience. All learning activities are self-paced and can be completed at any time.


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Production Operations 1: PO1

The Production Operations Blended Program represents the core foundation series of PetroSkills’ production engineering curriculum. Participants will become familiar with both proven historical production practices as well as current technological advances to enhance oil and gas production. Applied skills guide the participant within a framework to make careful, prudent, technical oil and gas business decisions.


2019 Dates:

27 May - 20 September

16 September - 17 January 2020


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Production Technology for Other Disciplines: PTO

Production Technology for Other Disciplines is an asset team blended course as it introduces a broad array of important daily Production Technology practices to team members. Terminologies, expressions, axioms, and basic calculations regularly utilized by Production Techs are covered throughout the course. Emphasis is upon proven technology required to effectively develop and operate an asset in a multidiscipline development environment. Practical application of technology is emphasized. Both theory and actual field examples and well completion programs are studied along with class problems, exercises, and videos.


2019 Dates:

20 May - 23 August

9 September - 6 December


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Scale Identification, Remediation, & Prevention Workshop: SIR

Scale Identification, Remediation and Prevention is an essential part of a production or workover engineer’s scope of work. This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of dilemmas in operating producing and injection wells relating to the presence of a variety of oilfield scale types ‒ primarily reduction in pipe carry capacity and localization of corrosion attack ‒ deposition mechanisms, identification methods, various removal techniques and methodologies for its prevention. Upon completion, participants will be aware of the scale problem, understand ways to remediate it and prevent it subsequent deposition.


2019 Dates:

8-24 April

10-26 September


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Virtual delivery No need to travel. Learn wherever you are.
Enjoy a flexible schedule At your own pace, when you need it.
Access the expert Engage with your instructor through live virtual sessions.
Engaging content Learn with interactive content and access to videos on demand
Interactive activities Quizzes, interactive exercises, and case studies
Assurance Pre and post-tests validate comprehension


  • What is PetroAcademy™ ?
  • How do I access course materials?
  • What if I am unable to attend one of the virtual instructor-led sessions?
  • What are the technology requirements?
  • How many Professional Development Hours (PDH) or Continuing Education Units (CEU) are satisfied by PetroAcademy™ courses?
  • Do you sell hard copy textbooks with PetroAcademy™ courses?
  • What are the skill levels?
  • Participant Testimonials

PetroAcademy™ delivers virtual training programs to petroleum professionals using Petroskills industry knowledge, expertise, and technology. Based on the skills from Petroskills competency maps, each PetroAcademy™ Skill Module is designed to deliver the same set of competencies and work products as our face-to-face training.

All course materials will be provided in the digital format through the PetroAcademy™ platform. This includes access to the virtual instructor-led sessions, reading assignments, course textbook, and other exercises. Each learner will have access to PetroAcademy™ for one year from the start date.

Each instructor-led session is recorded and will be available to the learners to review after the session. If you are unable to attend one of the instructor-led virtual sessions, you can review the recording.

You will need a computer, microphone headset or telephone, and internet connection to enjoy a fully interactive learning experience through PetroAcademy™. Although not required, a webcam is recommended. For virtual instructor-led sessions, please see our Virtual Delivery Classroom User Guide for additional information.

For every 1 hour of online learning, you will receive 1 PDH and/or 0.1 CEU for completing a PetroAcademy™ skill module.


Participants will receive a digital certificate, which may be printed, upon completion. See example certificate

Yes, hard copies of the textbooks are available at an additional cost. Included with the tuition of the course are PDFs of digital materials, as well as three years' access to all content online.

CORE: Designed to provide the learner with a basic introduction to the content at an awareness competency level. Each Core Skill Module takes approximately 3-5 hours and can be completed at any time. All learning activities within the module are self-paced and allows flexibility depending on the learner’s availability (the entire module does not need to be completed in one sitting).

FUNDAMENTAL: Designed to prepare the learner to complete a specific work product at a fundamental application competency level. Each Fundamental Skill Module is delivered within a week and will have both self-paced activities and some live instructor-led virtual sessions. The live Instructor-led sessions are primarily facilitated application sessions and the opportunity for participants to engage with an expert.

WORKSHOP: Designed to prepare the learner to complete a specific work product at the skilled application competency level. The pre-requisites for Workshop Skill modules include Core and Fundamental skill modules. Workshops are primarily focused on application with several live instructor-led virtual sessions and some self-paced activities that are delivered across a few weeks. Each instructor-led virtual sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review.

“I liked that the course was segmented into 3 hour classes over the course of a couple of weeks… This helped keep me engaged and also gave me time to digest and apply the concepts once the class was finished. The instructor made the course very hands-on as well by actually working a variety of problems in the software which really helped to apply the information learned in class. Most classes I have taken are very PowerPoint driven, but this was focused on learning and actually applying the topics.”


– Matthew (Field Engineer, United States)




“The Format was flexible so travel was unnecessary. Also it was extended over time so the skills learned in one day were able to be implemented over the next few days in the real world, as well as problems before having to learn something new or ask the instructor. Gave time for real 1 on 1 teaching.”


-Nick (Production Engineer, Spain)