Petroleum Land Admin: Surface Rights

Petroleum Land Administration: Surface Rights Extension Certificate

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

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 This industry-recognized certificate is specifically designed to train Surface Rights Land Administrators. Build your skills in interpreting different types of land ownership, leases and agreements while delving into legal concepts, acquisitions and divestitures, and environmental regulations. This certificate also includes a case study course – providing you the opportunity to apply your knowledge while solving real-life challenges.

  • Prepare for an entry-level surface land administration role
  • Expand your current industry knowledge
  • Complete the Introduction to the Petroleum Industry Extension Certificate (126 hours) PLUS the 5 required Surface Rights courses below (90 hours).
  • Total program hours: 216.
  • Evaluation is based on quizzes, exams, presentations and assignments.
  • Can be completed within 2 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



Environmental RegulationsNo136
Land ConceptsNo124
Legal ConceptsNo121
Freehold Surface RightsYes 221
Crown Surface RightsYes 224
Surface Land SystemsYes 215
Surface Acquisitions and DivestituresYes 215
Case Studies in Surface RightsYes 215
*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.
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 available to 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


Surface Rights Required Courses

Freehold Surface Rights
Review surface rights terminology and different types of land ownership, leases and agreements.
Prerequisites: the 4 Introductory Courses

Subject code: XPLA 20010 3 Hours. Fee: $275  


Crown Surface Rights

Examine different methods of obtaining surface rights. Learn to draft leases and contracts using industry-specific terminology.
Prerequisites: the 4 Introductory Courses

Subject code: XPLA 20011 3 Hours. Fee: $275


Surface Land Systems     

Enter and manipulate data, update and terminate files, and generate reports in computer-based land systems.
Prerequisites: the 4 Introductory Courses, Freehold Surface Rights, Crown Surface Rights

Subject Code: XPLA 20014 3 Hours. Fee: $275  


 Surface Acquisitions and Divestitures    
Explore the procedures and processes of a surface acquisition, divestment or swap. Review checklists, scheduling, due diligence, and closing and post-closing responsibilities.
Prerequisites: the 4 Introductory Courses, Freehold Surface Rights, Crown Surface Rights

Subject Code: XPLA 20015 3 Hours. Fee: $275


Case Studies in Surface Rights
Put your skills to the test by working through real business situations and challenges.
Prerequisites: previous 4 Surface Rights courses and 4 introductory courses
Course materials: Provided at class, see BlackBoard for other details.

Subject Code: XPLA 200183 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.



Several Petroleum Land Administration scholarships and bursaries are available.

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For information about this program:
403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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