About Us

The TOP Energy Training consortium launched in 2012 to address a specific issue: the surge in unconventional resource technology had created a significant knowledge gap between oil and gas inspectors and operators across North America. To address this challenge, ExxonMobil and General Electric approached three universities, The University of Texas at Austin, Penn State, and the Colorado School of Mines, with seed money to develop and teach a technical training program for oil and gas inspectors.  The three schools agreed to collaborate on curriculum and methodology to create their flagship training program, TOPCORP.

The universities surveyed state agencies to determine the existing training available to agencies,  the preferred method of training, and the time available for training. In response to this data, TOP Energy Training designed the TOPCORP program to include a set of prerequisite online courses followed by in-person workshops at each of the three schools.    

TOP Energy Training rolled out its first TOPCORP workshop to oil and gas inspectors in 2013.  Since then, UT Austin, PSU, and MINES collaborate to host three annual workshops for oil and gas inspectors to enhance the assigned online coursework. The blended learning approach allows field inspectors to receive online updates from a wide range of technical experts, develop new skills in the classroom, and expand their knowledge and network base through wellsite visits and peer-to-peer interaction.

A top-notch inspection corps remains essential for good environmental outcomes – a desirable and shared goal for all of our company, environmental NGO, and foundation sponsors. TOP Energy Training is proud to contribute to this critical work. TOPCORP has provided over 42,000 hours of technical instruction to U.S. and Canadian inspectors from 37 local, state, provincial, and federal agencies.

TOP Energy Training leadership recognized that the online curriculum content developed for TOPCORP could have value to a broader audience than just the regulatory community.  Technical and non-technical industry professionals, lawyers, teachers, students, journalists, landowners, municipal staff, and consultants need to stay abreast of the ever-changing oil and gas technology trends to be effective in their jobs and careers. TOP Energy Training online content is now available to these audiences accessible through the program’s website.

If you have any questions or would like to get started, contact TOP Energy Training today!

TOP Energy Training Instructor Expertise

By enrolling in our courses, you receive training from experts in the oil and gas industry and course curriculum developed by leading universities. Faculty members from numerous universities are featured in each course to provide you with their depth of knowledge and experience. Additionally, industry, environmental, government and legal professionals lend their perspectives to each course. 

TOP Energy Training is a highly efficient and cost effective educational program to meet your training needs regardless of your experience. Our students come to us with varied backgrounds: municipal, state, and federal regulatory agency personnel; oil and gas attorneys; non-technical oil and gas professionals; university instructors wishing to broaden the subject matter and expertise available to their students; university law, business and engineering students anticipating their entry into the profession; and high school STEM teachers.

Online Oil and Gas Training Courses Offered by TOP Energy Training 

At TOP Energy Training, we currently offer the following courses related to energy and the oil and gas industry:

  • Petroleum Geology: This course covers information starting with a broad overview of historical, economic, and scientific contexts related to modern energy exploration and production. Following an examination of “big picture” questions about the influence of energy in the world, we finish the course with regulations, leasing, and permitting to prepare you for the next course, Petroleum Engineering & Technology. 
  • Petroleum Engineering & Technology: In this course, we dive into the mechanics and processes involved in drilling operations. Creating a safe, stable hole in the ground is the basic goal of the drilling process, but there are a variety of complex technologies and operational methods involved in creating that hole. In addition, this course discusses completions, formation evaluation, stimulation, production, decommissioning and reclamation.
  • Environmental Stewardship: This course examines the intersection between the oil and gas industry and the wider environment by presenting the global water cycle and energy-water nexus as well as other environmental concerns and health, safety, and security. The course ends with an overview of sustainable development as a best practice in all industrial environments.
  • Emerging Trends: Energy production is an ever-changing and evolving field. Covering emerging technical and industrial concerns, this course provides an overview of underground injection, carbon capture utilization and storage, induced seismicity, and subsurface containment.
  • Effective Communications: This course contains three lessons designed to assist learners when conversing about topics related to the oil and gas industry. These communication lessons provide knowledge and training on rhetorical strategies, knowing yourself and social networks, and how to overcome difficult situations.

Each of the training courses has a self-check at the end of each lesson to make sure that you have a firm understanding of the material covered. They will help to ensure that you are fully prepared for the final assessment at the completion of the course. These self-checks and final assessment are optional but extremely useful to re-enforce and assess your learning.

Free Training Webinars Offered by TOP Energy Training

Since early 2019, TOP Energy Training has been hosting webinars on a variety of topics. For example past webinars have covered drones, well abandonment, oil and gas infrastructure, biosecurity, water testing and cement bond log interpretation. If you’d like to watch these webinars, visit our webinars page.

Find Out More about Our Training Courses

If you have questions about any of our training courses or our webinars, contact us today by filling out and submitting our questionnaire. We have also put together a set of frequently asked questions that may be helpful. TOP Energy Training is dedicated to providing you with the resources and information you need to make sure that you and your team are completely updated and aware of the latest technology and advancements in the field. 

Check out all of our training courses and enroll today!


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