Held By Production Essentials

Thank you for considering our
Held By Production Essentials course.

It is the most comprehensive course of its kind available today by way of the 300+ years of our unequaled advisory board members' hands on executive experience in this field.

This is a must have class for all Landmen and/or those dealing with the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas minerals or producing properties.

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Diversify Your Career Skills

Most Landmen do not have a vast amount of experience when it comes to fully understanding steps necessary to thoroughly create a Held By Production report.

Without a course like this, it can take years to become efficient at it.

This course will discuss several key and critical issues in great detail regarding this subject. In each chapter we get into the many facets of the title of that chapter. Please review the syllabus below to see the chapter breakdown of the course.

This course has recently been updated and expanded and is the most comprehensive discussion on this subject matter that we have created.

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Every effort has been made to anticipate any questions you may have and to include information in this course that will help you answer them.

Our goal and focus has always been to provide the best academic and professional training available for all aspects of the petroleum industry, from the beginner to the most experienced.

We realize that you need to be able to broaden your knowledge base regarding the different skill sets needed to succeed as a well rounded Landman in today's industry.

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This course is designed to address certain Held By Production issues in the states of Oklahoma, Kansas, California, Kentucky, and Texas.

The content attempts to give you a look at the contrast between states you may face while working in multiple states during your career.

Note: Most of the publications relating to Petroleum Land Work have been out of print for many years and there has not been sufficient demand to revise them or have a school such as this until the last decade.

Most universities and other learning centers are focused on what Landmen do and not focused on training Landmen how to do it in the real world so you will know what to expect when entering this work force.

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Held By Production Essentials
  • Introduction
  • Know Your Client’s Objective
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Idle Wells- Orphan Wells
  • Getting Started
  • Drilling and Spacing Units
  • Farmout Agreements
  • Pugh Clause
  • Horizontal Wells
  • Saving Clauses
  • Initial Steps
  • Workshop

The class is taught:

  • Live – 16 contact hours.
  • Self-paced Online – Available for Six Months.
  • Testing/Homework/Workshops.
  • Has a course manual with note taking ability.
  • This class is for Landmen with 5 to 15 Years’ Experience.
  • The course is designed to provide the student with an in-depth look at the oil and gas lease and other issues which can affect whether or not a producing well holds a specific area of leases and how to work with and understand implied and express covenants and applying them to leasehold that is HBP.
  • The course covers, Idle Wells, Orphan Wells, Temporarily Abandoned Wells and Horizontal Wells as well the Idle Well Programs and Orphan Well Programs.
  • This course picks where the Basic Combined Title and Lease Essentials course leaves off.
  • It provides a very thorough instruction and discussion about each saving clause in the lease so the Landman can create more detailed HBP report.
  • Testing is set up after each chapter and is such that if the student does not pass the test after two attempts they cannot advance to the next chapter without their superior’s approval or at the request of the school.
  • The course covers issues in Oklahoma and Texas as well as setting the stage for understanding how to perform this work in multiple states.

The course writers and instructor:

David Melton
Mr. Melton, a professional landman since 1980, has acquired vast experience in acquisitions and divestitures as well as executive management skills (VP of Land) for a small E&P company and as a GM and COO for two large land brokerage firms with multiple offices in Oklahoma, Texas, Montana, Colorado, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Melton has over 40 years’ experience in oil and gas exploration and production including operations, land management and administration in all phases. He formed the Petroleum Landman School in 2005 and has taught students from 34 states and two foreign countries. Mr. Melton is a recognized public speaker, course writer and presenter for the AAPL and a published author for the AAPL, IRWA and Oilprice.com.

Gary Beard
Mr. Beard - a professional senior petroleum landman with over 39 years of experience in managing land departments of small E&P Companies, multi-state land brokerage firms, acquisition and divestitures as well as executive project management skills throughout the Mid-Continent Region of the United States.  Mr. Beard has extensive experience in Right of Way Issues in California

We are trusted by Industry Leaders
The Petroleum Landman School in ran by seasoned veterans of the industry, and our courses are backed by leading companies. But let's hear what actual graduates have to say:


After finishing your class in August and now it being the first of October, I actually got a job last week working full time for a landman in Santa Fe handling federal leases.   I will tell you that they say what I learned in your class puts me ahead of the game so it was time and money well spent.

K. Haase

Dear David,

Thank you for the truly informative course held last September. 
I have completed my first year as an in-house landman for a petroleum company and can’t imagine how I could have achieved it without your excellent tutelage.

R. Sidwell
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