Petroleum Land Admin: Mineral Rights

Petroleum Land Administration: Mineral Rights Extension Certificate

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

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The processes of land administration includes the transfer of rights in land from one party to another through sale, lease, loan, gift and inheritance; the regulating of land and property development; the use and conservation of the land; the gathering of revenues from the land through sales, leasing, and taxation; and the resolving of conflicts concerning the ownership and the use of land.

Land Administrators are responsible for maintaining company interests in lands, keeping lease records accurate, administration of contracts and leases.

This industry-recognized certificate focuses on the mineral rights aspect of petroleum land administration, giving you an unparalleled opportunity for hands-on learning in every facet of this exciting profession.

  • Prepare for an entry-level mineral land administration role
  • Expand your current industry knowledge
  • Understand mineral rights acquisitions and divestitures
  • Complete the Introduction to the Petroleum Industry Extension Certificate (126 hours) PLUS the 5 required Mineral Rights courses (90 hours)
  • Total program hours: 216
  • Minimum grade of C in each course. Evaluation is based on quizzes, exams, presentations and assignments
  • Can be completed within 1 semesters up to a maximum of 5 years
Refer to your Confirmation of Registration for course specific information.
The Petroleum Industry: An Integrated Approach
- OR -
CAPPA, Level 1: Introduction to the Oilpatch



Legal ConceptsNo121
Land ConceptsNo124
Environmental RegulationsNo136
Freehold Mineral RightsYes224
Crown Mineral RightsYes221
Mineral Acquisitions and DivestituresYes215
Mineral Land SystemsYes215
Case Studies in Mineral RightsYes215
*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: All these courses are are for returning/continuing students. For more information, please contact us with any questions at

Introduction to the Petroleum Industry Courses

The Petroleum Industry: An Integrated Approach,
Environmental Regulations,
Legal Concepts, and
Land Concepts


Mineral Rights Required Courses

Freehold Mineral Rights

Explore freehold leases including acquisitions, land surveys, government regulatory requirements and land title documents.
Prerequisites: the 4 Introductory Courses

Subject code: XPLA 20008 3 Hours. Fee: $275


Crown Mineral Rights
Examine crown regulations in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and other Crown regulators in order to apply knowledge to various land scenarios. Gain an understanding of how crown lands are acquired, administered and maintained.
Prerequisites: the 4 Introductory Courses

Subject code: XPLA 20009 3 Hours. Fee: $275  


Mineral Acquisitions and Divestitures
Learn to properly time, evaluate, create and disseminate paperwork, from beginning to end of a mineral acquisition, divestment or swap.
Prerequisites: the 4 Introductory Courses, Freehold Mineral Rights, Crown Mineral Rights

Subject code: XPLA 20013 3 Hours. Fee: $275  


Mineral Land Systems
Use land systems to enter leases, manipulate data, link contracts to wells, and update and terminate files.
Prerequisites: the 4 Introductory Courses, Freehold Mineral Rights, Crown Mineral Rights

Subject code: XPLA 20012 3 Hours. Fee: $275  


Case Studies in Mineral Rights
Practice the skills gained in previous courses as you work through real-life examples of common tasks in mineral rights land administration.
Prerequisites: the previous 4 Mineral Rights courses, and 4 introductory courses

Subject code: XPLA 20019 3 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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403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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