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September Lifecycle of Oil & Natural Gas Certificate Course reaches capacity

September 16, 2014

Forty students are currently taking part in the Lifecycle of Oil and Natural Gas Certificate program offered by the Global Energy Management Program in partnership with the Denver Petroleum Club.

This photo was taken during the rig tour portion of the Lifecycle of Oil and Natural Gas certificate course. Lisa Hamil is pictured on the left.

This photo was taken during the rig tour portion of the Lifecycle of Oil and Natural Gas certificate course. Lisa Hamil is pictured on the left.

The non-degree certificate course is designed to educate professionals within the energy industry about the complete lifecycle of oil and natural gas. The seven-week course covers 21 hours of material.

Lisa Hamil, who teaches the popular course, is receiving positive feedback from the public and energy industry. She was recently asked to condense the class down into a one-hour presentation at the National Association of Division Order Analysts conference in Chicago.

“The idea of taking 21 hours of information and condensing it into a one-hour presentation was daunting, but it was well received,” she said. “I think it opened my eyes to the possibility of presenting this information to different audiences in different formats and still achieving the main goals and objectives.” Hamil said the focus of the shorter presentation is on geology, land, engineering, and current issues.

The GEM Program and Hamil have also presented the “game portion” of the class to the COGA’s NexGen Oil & Gas subsidiary and to an internship group at Resolute Energy.

“I hope we can expand our ability to get the message out to people both in our industry and other groups that would just like to better understand what we do.”

Students who take part in GEM’s certificate course gain a high level of understanding of the multiple processes, technologies, and components used by geologists & engineers to find and produce fossil fuels, as well as gain a basic understanding of land, financing, marketing, regulatory requirements, and government/public relations. Current political and social issues involving the production of oil and natural gas are also covered.

“The idea behind both the class and other presentations we have done is to give people a better understanding of our industry, not only how and what we do, but also what we don’t do,” Hamil said. “We begin with the geology of how we find oil and gas reserves and go through all of the next steps needed to get product to the consumer. As an industry, I believe we are very much misunderstood, misrepresented in the media, and most people, even people who are in our industry, don’t understand the full process.”

Hamil said the certificate course is also a great place for people to network and to understand how companies who are more on the periphery of the industry can be more involved or expand their businesses into other areas.

“Our goal is to give them a better knowledge of the industry and hope that it will help them in their day to day jobs.,” she said. “ The class and the presentations have been very well received, and I think we are achieving our goal of education.”

Hamil’s favorite part of teaching the course is the people she meets.

“I consider this my small way of educating people, who I hope in turn take the message out to a larger audience so everyone can make more informed decisions when it comes to oil and gas policy in the State of Colorado,” she said.

The certificate course is currently available three times a year in April, June, and September.

To have your name added to the list to take the course the next time it is offered in April, please e-mail

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