Recommended Geoscience Technician Certification

Geoscience Technician Certification Package

Leverage the results-proven curriculum that QED has specifically desgined for great geoscience technicians to break into the oil and gas industry. The QED Geoscience Technician Certification Package includes all of the courses below for the reduced rate of $10,000 and will take approximately 15 weeks to complete. Click here for more details and to request an informational session.

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101 QED 101 Course: Basics of the Petroleum Industry $650

Are you new to the upstream petroleum industry? Need to understand the language to get up the learning curve quickly? QED 101 is a one-day overview of industry terms and an introduction to reserves and economics. This course covers the basics of safety, geology, drilling, completions, and reserves estimation. Each participant is given a full glossary of terms and performs interactive exercises to reinforce concepts. Click here for availability.

102 Basic Excel $650

This 1-day class teaches you how to utilize basic and advanced functions to manipulate typical oil and gas industry data. Unlike other Excel courses, we use real oil and gas data and standard formats. This course allows for a new view of Excel and the power in its functions. Click here for availability.
106 Supporting a Geologist $650

Knowing how to anticipate your geologist’s needs is an art practiced by all great technicians. This course equips trainees with practical advice and skills that can be immediately implemented to add value to a geologist’s workflow. This course also addresses many instances of general workplace professionalism, so that technicians can be more self sufficient. Click here for availability.

201 Geology for the Non-Geologist $1200

This is a 2-day course that expands the concepts introduced in QED 101, it includes topics such as: geologic time and dating geologic events, identifying & classifying rocks, sedimentology and stratigraphy, structural geology, formation of petroleum traps, surface and subsurface mapping methods, pressure, temperature and time, and the origins of hydrocarbons. Click here for availability.

202 Query and Cross-Checking Production Data $650

It’s easy enough to pull production data from most commercial sources, but where does it all come from and is it correct? This course reviews not only how to correctly pull production data, but it also covers common errors, tips and tricks, and how to check inconsistencies. We have compiled our knowledge to pack the best understanding of production into one course. Click here for availability.

204 Leveraging Maps and GIS Data $1200

What kind of maps would a technician need to make? Why and when should they be provided to an engineer? Bubble maps, IP maps, overlap maps, reference maps are all discussed while covering critical elements of map building for proper interpretations. This is a 2-day course designed for the geosciences technician. Click here for availability.

205 Aquisitions & Divestitures $650

This course gives participants an appreciation of the A&D side of the petroleum industry. The structure of data and an overview of data rooms allows for deeper understanding for those geoscience technicians that are involved in Business Development. Click here for availability.

206 Projections and Geodetics $650

This course gives participants an appreciation of geodetics and their implications for mapping. It also provides an introduction into datum’s and an overview of projections. This course also provides a brief overview of mapping in popular software, and provides interactive exercises to allow for dynamic learning and to accommodate varying learning styles. This is a 1-day course. Click here for availability.

208 PowerPoint 2010 Intermediate $350

This builds upon the Basic PowerPoint class and includes topics such as: Using a Template, Inserting an Excel Table, Adding Effects, Legends and Labels, Inserting a SmartArt Graphic from a Slide, Changing Diagram Types and Design Schemes, Adding a Text Box, Inserting ClipArt, Updating a Photo Album, Insert Movie from the Clip Organizer or File, Sound Tools, and Add and Draw Motion Paths. Click here for availability.

301 Advanced Concepts For The Petroleum Industry $650

This is a 1-day course comprised of interactive exercises to allow for dynamic learning and to accommodate different learning styles. This course builds upon the concepts introduced in the QED 101 course and also delves into: history of production, land ownership and interests, an introduction to drilling, production, field processing, and operations & work-overs. Click here for availability.

302 Excel Wizardry $650

This 1-day course provides an overview of pivot tables, macros, subtotals, V-lookups, etc. leveraging typical oil and gas industry data to perform analysis and draw conclusions. From simple tasks like finding top operators or reservoirs in an area, to complex tasks like converting lease operating statements from text, this class uses real oil and gas industry data and introduces you to the world of large scale data manipulation. Click here for availability.

303 Access For the Petro-Technical $1,200

This 2-day course is a comprehensive overview of relational databases within Microsoft Access. DBMS are discussed along with database structure and design. Topics covered include tables, linking tables, queries, forms, and reports. Industry specific examples are utilized to understand large scale data manipulation in commonly used proprietary software. Click here for availability.

306 Understanding Reserves and Economics $1200


Lots of commercial software products exist, and they all work similarly, but if you don’t understand the basics of “as of dates” and “economic limits” then no training are worthwhile. What is a BTU factor and how does shrinkage work? What is a NYMEX strip and why do we use price differentials? This course starts with the basics of modeling parameters and the thinking piece behind setting up a reserves evaluation database. Each classmate is given a check-list of common errors found on cash flow statements, and everyone walks out knowing how to generate proper cash flow statements and one-line reports from commercial software. This is a 2-day course. Click here for availability.

308 PowerPoint 2010 Advanced $350

This course teaches students the advanced features of PowerPoint. Students will learn how to add multimedia to their presentations, and how to edit their video and audio files from within PowerPoint; how to set up and use slide masters; how to review presentations using comment and comparison tools; and finally, students will learn how to set up monitors, rehearse timing, create custom shows, as well as record, broadcast, and create video from their slide shows. Leaving practically no feature unexplored, users will be able to create and present dynamic presentations. Click here for availability.

312 How to Present & Company Overview Workshop $650

Techs often have the skills to mine vast amounts of available data and boil it down to a few meaningful conclusions; however, all of this analysis is for naught if a technician cannot adequately present their ideas and findings to a team. This course and workshop hones a technician’s presentation skills and gives them the ability to practice and receive critique in this one day class and workshop. All technicians will return to their workplace with a technical presentation they have created that they can use to showcase their new skills. Click here for availability.
403 Advanced Production Data Analysis In Economics Software $1200

Type curves, IP analysis, and stack plots. This course reviews how to craft meaningful analysis from production data. There is a discussion of how to ensure data integrity and how each analysis can be utilized. Finding value in the data is a tremendous resource, and QED trains how to think and manipulate data to find that value. Click here for availability.

407 Geodatabases $1200

Assisting a geoscientist in the creation and manipulation of a massive geodatabase can be a daunting task. Participants in this course will learn typical commercial structures for geodatabases as well as how to identify, collect, review, and load data. Common workflows and best ways to assist a geoscientist are addressed and documented in this two-day class. Click here for availability.

408 Creating a Menu of Services $1800

A great technician should be proactive. In addition, a great technician should be able to give an engineer an idea of the type of product that they can provide (and a time estimate) before they start each task. In this course and workshop, class participants will learn how to prepare and present a menu of their services. This increases efficiency and encourages a technician to learn and document each engineer’s individual preferences. This is a three day course. Click here for availability.

 

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