TOPCORP - Courses for Regulators and Policymakers

TOP Energy Training debuted our TOPCORP sponsored training, geared towards regulatory (primarily oil and gas field inspectors) and policy-making personnel, in August (2013). The courses cover Petroleum Geology & Engineering Concepts, Petroleum Technology, Environmental Management Technology, and Communication & Hot Topics. The target audience is new regulatory (primarily oil and gas field inspectors) or policy-making personnel with less than 18 months of on-the-job or other related experience. Because technology is always changing, regulatory or policy-making personnel with more experience are welcome at any time to participate in the program.

 

For information on the next field offering of our sponsored training and companion online course, go to the registration page.

For information on our region specific training, click here.

 

What is the training like? TOPCORP training consists of four courses. Courses may consist of about ten hours of online training, followed by a classroom/lab/field experience component. During the classroomn/lab/field component experience, typically one-two days are spent in the field/lab and one-two days is spent in the classroom to review material and allow participants to interact with science, engineering, technology and communications experts. Faculty from all three universities (Colorado School of Mines, Penn State and The University of Texas at Austin), as well as invited experts, participate in instructing the online and field components of the course. The training is geared toward giving you online material as background for the field component, consisting of visits to wellsites, oil and gas operations facilities, water recycling facilities, wastewater injection sites. Some courses also have lab activities as part of the field component. 

The Petroleum Geology & Engineering and Petroleum Technology classroom/lab/field components for the sponsored training are taught together at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. You can visit the page that highlights these courses for more information.

The Environmental Management Technology classroom/lab/field components for the sponsored​ training are hosted by Penn State University in State College, PA. You can visit the page that highlights this course for more information.

The Communications and Hot Topics classroom/lab/field components for the sponsored​ training are taught at The University of Texas at Austin. You can visit the page that highlights this cour for more information.

 

What Will I Learn? Who Will Attend? What Is The Schedule Like?

In short - you will learn a lot over five days. You will be learning in a classroom, as well as a field environment. We have put together a list of learning objectives, in other words, what you will be able to do on your job after taking this course. Check out the link below to see what you can learn.

Click here for sample learning objectives from the four courses.

 

Regulatory and policy-making personnel from around the country will be attending, but the primary audience is oil and gas field inspectors. The geographic mix allows for you to not only learn from instructors, but permits peer-to-peer learning as you share experiences and information with fellow regulators and policymakers. Our target participant for the course is the new regulatory or policy-making personnel with 18 months or less of experience. We do welcome those with additional experience, perhaps a field inspector who is moving into oil and gas oversight from another area of expertise. Technology is always changing, so we welcome participants of all levels of experience.

 

Courses may consist of about ten hours of online training, followed by a classroom/lab/field experience component. During the classroom/lab/field component experience, typically one-two days are spent in the field/lab and one-two days is spent in the classroom to review material and allow participants to interact with science, engineering, technology and communications experts. The program is developed to give you an opportunity to see alot of different examples and to have the opportunity to ask questions of experts.

 

 

What else will I be doing as part of the course? As part of the sponsored courses, participants will be asked to spend a short amount of time participating in anonymous assessments of their learning, anonymous evaluations of the content and delivery, as well as a short focus group run by a professional evaluator at the university. We go to these lengths to assess your learning and evaluate our program to make sure that we are meeting the needs of the regulatory community, as wells as the needs of the public whom they serve.

 

Can additional courses be arranged outside of the ones offered through the three TOPCORP universities? Yes, we are able to offer TOPCORP courses outside of the ones scheduled at the three universities. We can put together a budget for you for one of these workshops, depending on your specific needs. For more information, please contact Dori Coy: dcoy at mail.utexas.edu.

 

What is the online component like? For a brief overview of the online learning courses, please click here for a short video.

 

What are the workshops like? For a brief overview of some of our in-person workshops, please see the short videos below: