Petroleum Life Cycle: From Rocks to Drill Bits

INSTRUCTOR-LED, LIVE, VIRTUAL FORMAT | Daily Morning & Afternoon Sessions

Spring 2021 Schedule:
* February 9-11, 2021 (Tuesday – Thursday)
* March 9-11, 2021 (Tuesday – Thursday)
* June 8-10, 2021 (Tuesday – Thursday)

Class size limited…Sign up today!


“Great course to get a foundational knowledge of the energy industry while also having a great time due to the instructor! Kristie is great!”

“Kristie turns a complex industry into a simple learning experience that sticks.”

“Excellent overview presented with expertise and enthusiasm. Engaging program that provides a picture of the entire core of our industry and how we make it happen.”

“I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed Kristie’s class – she did a great job of balancing details with overall process. I enjoyed listening to her and found myself dreading the end of the course. Not something I can say with many training classes!”

* From the history of fossil fuels to where we are today in the oil and gas industry (and where the future is leading us), this course provides an overall perspective of the petroleum lifecycle and industry.
* By learning the fundamentals and language of petroleum exploration, drilling and production; participants become more efficient and perform their job better.
* Participants will walk away understanding how all aspects of the petroleum industry fit together…from upstream to downstream, including the essential tools of both conventional and unconventional exploration, production and development.

DESIGNED FOR…any employee working in, or is interested in, the oil and gas industry. It provides an understanding of the roles in the business and how they relate to the complex oil & gas industry. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Midstream Company Employees: understand upstream and downstream and how they affect your role
  • Engineering & Geological/Geophysical Technicians
  • Landmen, Land Admin, Land Technicians
  • Exhibit Booth Personnel
  • Lease Analysts
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Field Support & Managers
  • Attorneys and Legal Teams
  • Entry-level to 5 year Geologists & Engineers
  • Marketing/Sales Group
  • Financial Analysts & Accountants
  • HSE Personnel
  • New Hires who may be coming from outside the industry
  • IT Support and Managers
  • Interns
  • Human Resources Personnel


Kristie L. Ferguson
President, KLF Geological, LLC
Tulsa, Oklahoma
More information…

“The instructor took a potentially very dry, boring subject and turned it into a fun learning experience.”


  • Geology 101
  • Geological Timescale and Plate Tectonics
  • Sedimentary and Fault Traps: Structures and Mapping
  • Oil vs Gas: How and Where Does it Come From?
  • Geophysics and How it is Used Today
  • Land Acquisition and Requirements to Drill a Prospect
  • Building a Prospect with the Team and Getting it Approved
  • Drilling a Well: Vertical and Horizontal
  • Completing a Well: Fracing Techniques
  • How we Moved from Vertical to Horizontal in the E&P Industry
  • Pumping Money out of the Ground: Production
  • Downstream and Marketing
  • Reserves and Decline Curves: Keeping the Wells Alive
  • The Bottom Line: The Rig Schedule

* Participants will walk away understanding how all aspects of the petroleum industry fit together…from upstream to downstream, including the essential tools of both conventional and unconventional exploration, production and development.
* Each participant will receive a rock and mineral kit to be used during the program.
* Lectures are enhanced with exercises on well log correlations, subsurface map interpretations, economic analysis and deal structure assessments; plus the “GeoJeopardy” game reinforces the skill sets discussed.
* By understanding and applying the concepts and tools presented in this program, the participant will have more confidence and become a more productive professional.
* Participants will gain a deeper proficiency of the roles and responsibilities of the many team members within their companies. With each lesson, they will learn how all jobs, including their own, are necessary to increase the bottom line of their company, which translates to adding reserves and making a profit.


  • 12 PDHs (Professional Development Hours)
  • 1.2 CEUs (Continuing Education Credits)

Nov. 2020 Class Snapshot:


ZOOM | Morning & Afternoon Daily Sessions

10am-12pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm (Central)

NOTE: # of participants is LIMITED – enroll early!


FEBRUARY 9-11, 2021

*BEST DEAL DISCOUNT ($895/person) ends Jan. 21, 2021
*EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ($1,195/person) ends Jan. 27, 2021
*Registration fee after 1/27/21: $1,495/person

Last Day to Register: February 3, 2021

Enrollment Closed

March 9-11, 2021

*BEST DEAL DISCOUNT PRICE FREEZE ($895/person) ENDS February 26, 2021!
*Registration fee after 2/26/21: $1,495/person

Last Day to Register: March 4, 2021

Enrollment Closed

June 8-10, 2021

*BEST DEAL DISCOUNT ($895/person) ends April 28, 2021
*EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ($1,195/person) ends May 12 , 2021
*Registration fee after 5/12/21: $1,495/person

Last Day to Register: June 2, 2021


If you are needing an overall perspective of the petroleum industry in order to become more knowledgeable, productive, and confident in your job…sign up for this course today.

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