Petroleum Land Admin: Land Contracts

Petroleum Land Administration: Land Contracts Extension Certificate

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The Petroleum Land Administration (Surface Rights, Mineral Rights, & Land Contracts) Extension Certificate program has been suspended.  If you require further information, please contact us at


Land asset management has evolved to become an analytical discipline involving the knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements throughout the land asset life cycle.

Developed by industry experts, this certificate provides the expertise you need for the rewarding field of Petroleum Land Contract Administration. This highly specialized certificate explores contractual obligations, common exploration, land, and joint venture agreements and teaches you to conduct successful negotiations, draft agreements and identify contract issues.

  • Leverage your Mount Royal Petroleum Land Administration: Mineral Rights Extension Certificate
  • Advance in your land administration career

Refer to your Confirmation of Registration for course specific information.
Land AgreementsYes145
Land NegotiationsYes245
Contract Land SystemsYes215
Contract Acquisitions and DivestituresYes215
Case Studies in Contracts
and Technical Issues
*You may choose to complete courses at your own pace. The chart above outlines the quickest way to finish all required courses and the recommended order you should take them in. Please note: Not all courses are offered every semester. Schedule is subject to change.
Fall schedule and registration available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March.

Required Courses

NOTE: These courses are only for returning/continuing students. For more information, please contact us with any questions at

The Mineral Rights Extension Certificate is a prerequisite to this program.

Land Agreements
Examine the structures and contractual obligations of common exploration agreements, joint operating agreements and unit agreements.
Prerequisites: Mineral Rights Extension Certificate or PLCA Foundation Certificate

Subject code: XPLA 20200 3 Hours. Fee: $275  


Land Negotiations
Review exploration, land and joint agreements, identify problems in contracts, justify interests and draft special clauses. Learn about farm-in, farm-out, pooling and disposition negotiations.
Prerequisite: Land Agreements

Subject code: XPLA 20300 3 Hours. Fee: $275  


Contract Land Systems
Use industry-specific software to enter and manipulate data, update and terminate files, and generate reports. Understand what data must be recorded, why it is important and how it is used.
Prerequisite: Land Agreements

Subject code: XPLA 20016 3 Hours. Fee: $275


Contract Acquisitions and Divestitures
Acquisitions, divestments or swaps require detailed documentation and involve many responsibilities. Review checklists, scheduling and due diligence, as well as closing and post-closing responsibilities.
Prerequisite: Land Agreements

Subject code: XPLA 20017 3  Hours. Fee: $275  


Case Studies in Contracts and Technical Issues
Work through real business challenges. Explore common technical issues in land contract administration.
Prerequisites: All previous Land Contracts courses

Subject code: XPLA 200203 Hours. Fee: $275


CE Bio - Petroleum Land Admin - EdwardsJustin Edwards
Justin Edwards, President of Edwards Land, has nearly 20 years’ experience in land acquisition and management. Justin has been licensed as an Alberta Land Agent since 1996 and has worked for Edwards Land in numerous capacities in the land management and related business operations.

Justin is a second generation land agent. His family has conducted business in Land Acquisition for over 40 years. Justin has an in-depth knowledge of surface land administration, land systems and land acquisition both freehold and crown.

Justin has been an instructor at Mount Royal University for several years. He is also on the Advisory Committee for the Land Administration program. Justin has been involved with the IRWA Chapter 48 as a committee chair and worked with CAPL and CAPLA throughout the years.

Justin joined the MRU team to assist in curriculum development and further his passion for mentorship and teaching. He attributes his success to the great start he got with the care and guidance of great mentors in the agriculture industry as well as the land industry and wants to give back.

Justin is active in the community, volunteering for such groups as Aspen Family Services and rebuilding homes for orphaned and underprivileged children. He plays hockey, football and golf.

CE Bio - Deborah Godfrey - Petroleum Land Admin: Mineral RightsDeborah Godfrey
Deborah Godfrey has worked in the oil and gas Industry since 1997. She started as a student in the Land Administration program. After earning her certificate Deborah progressed through the industry and gained experience as supervisor of a Mineral Land department.

Deborah has taught in Mount Royal's Petroleum Land Administration: Mineral Rights Extension Certificate since 2003. She is enthusiastic about sharing industry insights with her students. She is also a member of the program's Advisory Committee.

Deborah is a life-long learner, continuing to take courses at MRU to expand her knowledge and skills in the petroleum industry.



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