Applied Reservoir Engineering - RE

The Applied Reservoir Engineering 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.


Level: Foundation

Duration: 32 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 88 hours self-paced work


2021 Dates & Options

23 August 2021 - 7 January 2022


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.


LEVEL: Basic

DURATION: Approximately 40 hours of self-paced work, 100% online delivery

Basic Geophysics - BGP

Basic Geophysics 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.


LEVEL: Basic

DURATION: 2 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 47 hours self-paced work


2021 Dates & Options

20 September - 12 November 2021


Basic Petroleum Geology - BG

Basic Petroleum Geology This course is designed to introduce anyone to the basic concepts of Petroleum Geology. An important goal of the course is to explain the vocabulary and context of Petroleum Geology so that participants can learn and understand the role of the Geologist in the overall process of Petroleum Exploration and Production, for both Conventional and Unconventional Resources. The course is supplemented by a large number of case histories and examples that concretely illustrate the concepts and principles presented in the course material.


Level: Basic

Duration: Approximately 40 hours of self-paced work, 100% online delivery

Basic Petroleum Technology Principles - BPTP

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.


Level: Basic

Duration: Approximately 20 hours of self-paced work, 100% online delivery

Basic Reservoir Engineering - BR

The Basic Reservoir Engineering 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. For nearly 30 years this has been one of our most popular and successful courses.


Level: Basic

Duration: 4 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 62 hours self-paced work


2021 Dates & Options

23 August - 22 October 2021  


Basics of Rotating Mechanical Equipment - BRM

Basics of Rotating Mechanical Equipment provides an overview of mechanical 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. Compressor and pump sizing is addressed as well as sizing of drivers including engines, electric motors and turbines.


Level: Basic

Duration: Approximately 16 hours of self-pacedwork , 100% online delivery

Basics of Static Mechanical Equipment - BSM

Basics of Static Mechanical Equipment provides an overview of mechanical non-rotating, static equipment. The focus is on equipment selection and integrity of pressure vessels, piping and heat exchangers and their integration into the process scheme and control strategy in upstream and midstream oil and gas facilities. 


Level: Basic

Duration: Approximately 40 hours of self-paced work, 100% online delivery

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. 


Level: Workshop

Duration: 22 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 15 hours self-paced work


2021 Date:

26 October - 18 November 2021

Completions and Workovers - CAW

The Completions and Workovers  course is 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.


Level: Foundation

Duration: 9 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 50 hours self-paced work


2021 Dates & Options

5 October - 4 December, 2020


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. 


Level: Foundation

Duration: Approximately 40 hours of self-paced work, 100% online delivery

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. 


Level: Basic

Duration: 52 Hours (approx. 6 days) of self-paced work, 100% online delivery

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.


Level: Workshop

Duration: 16 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 22 hours self-paced work


2021 Date:

2-17 September 2021

Pipeline Engineering, Construction, and Operation - PEP

The Pipeline Engineering, Construction, and Operation  course represents the integration of all the skills associated with planning, evaluation, design, construction, operation and asset integrity through asset retirement and abandonment, applied to onshore and offshore pipelines.

The Program covers typical pipeline life cycle activities, starting with the definition of the need for the pipeline, sizing parameters, route selection, environmental concerns and protection, followed by design requirements, strength requirements, construction activities through commissioning. The Program then covers the operating life of the pipeline, including maintenance and leak detection, monitoring and integrity, repair, replacement and alteration activities, leading to retirement and abandonment.


Level: Foundation

Duration: Approximately 20 hours of self-paced work, 100% online delivery

Process Safety Engineering Principles - PSE

The Process Safety Engineering Principles  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.


Level: Basic

Duration: Approximately 40 hours of self-paced work, 100% online delivery

Process Safety Engineering Fundamentals - PSF

This Process Safety Engineering Fundamentals  program extends the Process Safety Engineering Principles program to the Fundamental level. Course material is reinforced using problems, simple calculations, and applications to an example facility. The applications provide an opportunity to integrate the concepts and methods in an oil and gas environment.
Each module includes two 90-minute interactive sessions with the instructor, in which the applications and any concerns the participants may have will be discussed in detail. Frequent references will be made to historical incidents and common areas of process safety concern. By the end of the program, participants should be ready to apply their learning on the job.


Level: Foundation


2021 Dates & Options

28 September - 19 November 2021

Also available On Demand

Production Logging - RMP

Production Logging  refers to acquiring a suite of logging measurements in a completed well that is either on injection or production to evaluate the flow performance of the well or the reservoir. This course will cover single-phase and multi-phase fluid flow in pipes, the theoretical bases of production logging techniques, production log interpretation, and operational considerations in acquiring production logs.


Level: Intermediate

Duration: 32 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 88 hours self-paced work


2021 Dates:

Available On Demand

Production Operations 1 - PO1

The Production Operations  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.


Level: Foundation

Duration: 22 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 87 hours self-paced work


2021 Dates & Options

13 September - 24 December 2021 


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.


Level: Foundation

Duration: 12 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 59 hours self-paced work


2021 Dates & Options

7 September - 3 December 2021


Reservoir Engineering for Other Disciplines - REO

Reservoir Engineering for Other Disciplines gives the non-reservoir engineer a better understanding of reservoir engineering practices and limitations. The course is designed to provide a good understanding of reservoir engineering processes, the required data, and the limitations on the engineers' analysis and interpretations. 


Level: Foundation

Duration: 14 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 58 hours self-paced work


2021 Dates & Options

23 August - 19 November 2021


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. 


Level: Workshop

Duration:10 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 5.5 hours self-paced work


2021 Dates:

31 August - 16 September

Unconventional Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering - URE

Unconventional Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering- URE  is designed for professional engineers and geoscientists with little experience in unconventional reservoirs who wish to quickly learn the key elements of these reservoirs and the technologies to exploit them. Focused on shale (tight) oil, tight gas, and coalbed methane this course begins with geoscience elements, reservoir fluid properties, and unconventional well completions. Tests and techniques such as diagnostic fracture injection tests (DFITs), diagnostic plots, and rate transient analysis (RTA) to understand individual well performance are discussed. Field level topics include field development and reservoir surveillance. Decline curve analysis (DCA) for individual wells is presented followed by assignment of reserves and resources in unconventionals. Attendees should leave this course with a better understanding of the reservoirs which supply an ever increasing fraction of the world’s oil and gas, unconventional reservoirs.


Level: Basic

Duration: 6 hours instructor-led (virtual), plus approximately 32 hours self-paced work


2021 Dates & Options

4 October - 19 November 2021    ENROLL NOW 

Individual Modules

More than 100 individual skill modules are available online. Work through them at your pace, whenever and wherever you need them.

Click on any discipline below to browse available modules.

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»  Geosciences

»  Petrophysics

»  Reservoir Engineering

»  Well Construction / Drilling

»  Production and Completions Engineering

»  Process Safety

»  Gas Processing

»  Mechanical Engineering

»  Pipeline Engineering

» Instrumentation, Controls, and Electrical

» Project Management


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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)