Forge your path in the oil and gas sector with the Land Analyst certificate, an online program designed to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to manage and coordinate land administration tasks effectively.

This ten-course credit program is tailored for those looking to make an impact by bridging the gap between corporations, landowners, regulatory bodies and government entities.

Your learning journey covers all aspects of surface land administration. The curriculum is crafted to give you direct knowledge and experience, enabling you to apply learned concepts directly to real-world scenarios. 

In this program, you will:

  • master land administration concepts and practices
  • gain proficiency in liaising between various stakeholders in the oil and gas industry
  • learn how to manage and maintain accurate land and lease records
  • gain expertise in coordinating data and projects and ensuring regulatory and environmental compliance
  • develop competence in managing relationships within communities affected by energy projects
  • grasp the evolving landscape of renewable energy and its impact on land administration.
Coordination and liaison roles are essential for the smooth operation of land management activities. Develop the competencies to manage land records, negotiate leases and ensure regulatory compliance.

Open the door to many career opportunities across various sectors, including energy, utilities, environmental and transportation. Prepare for roles such as land and records administrator, surface land coordinator, project analyst, community relations representative, lease records analyst, renewable energy land administrator and more.

Study at your own pace and build your career without putting your life on hold. Our online program offers the flexibility to balance your studies with personal and professional commitments.

Connect with peers and professionals through online forums, group projects and collaborative learning opportunities.

If you are a professional seeking to enter or advance in the land management sector of the oil and gas industry or looking for a comprehensive, flexible online program that fits your schedule, this program is for you.

As a land analyst, you need:

  • integrity and high ethical standards
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • interpersonal, negotiation and public relations skills
  • analytical, time-management and problem-solving skills
  • organizational skills and attention to detail
  • patience
  • ability to work with little supervision
  • computer skills
  • leadership skills to interact with all functions and levels of management
  • the ability to make decisions according to multiple, changing priorities under tight deadlines.
You should enjoy having clear rules and organized methods to guide your activities, dealing with legal matters and working with people from all walks of life.

During your second semester, you’ll have the option to:

  • complete an eight-week practicum with an employer, or
  • complete a group project to refine your project management skills, including the planning and management of project scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk and procurement. 

After successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Land Analyst certificate.

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Careers and opportunities

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 12102, 21202, 21203.


Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.


The Land Analyst certificate requires 30 credits (10 courses) to complete.

The program spans one year, with two semesters.

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Course Credits

Professional Communication and Presentation Skills will introduce learners to the professional writing, collaboration and presentation skills needed to be successful in their chosen field. Learners will gain an understanding of the strategies and competencies required for effective communication with an emphasis on developing the interpersonal skills needed to perform as part of a high-functioning team. Coursework will require learners to work in individual and collaborative settings.

  • COMM 265

This course covers information technology concepts, including business IT systems, internal and external internet policies. The learner will be introduced to the ethical considerations of intellectual property, information privacy and emerging business technologies with some focus on Microsoft products. The learner will apply fundamental concepts, terminology and scope of data/records management related to energy and specifically energy asset management and related software applications. Topics will include retention, archiving and governmental records management requirements.

  • COMM 265

Topics include an overview of rights and documentation associated with the ownership of land. Legal land descriptions, land title systems and dower situations are applied to the surface acquisition context. Documents for various types of land acquisitions are completed. Course material covers the working language of the surface land profession.


Learners examine the workings of the judicial system in Alberta as it relates to the surface land acquisition process. Learners gain an appreciation for the amount of preparatory work required in appearing before a quasi-judicial board. Learners can explain and apply the requirements of the selected pieces of legislation used in the surface land business.


This course provides an overview of the petroleum industry, starting with the theories related to the origins of oil and gas to the refining of the end product. It focuses on the accepted theory for the origin of petroleum, lease construction, drilling operations, well completion, surface infrastructure, transportation of products and the refining process.


This project-based course will enhance the learners’ capabilities in land administration. Learners are expected to work independently and as part of a team to manage information on industry-related projects and are required to see them through to completion.

  • LAND 201

This course examines Federal and Provincial governmental requirements and issues important to land agents, land analysts, surface land owners, occupants, local authorities, and managers. Learners will research issues impacting stakeholders, including setbacks, flaring and emergency preparedness.

  • LAND 202

This course examines the role of Land Agents and Land Analysts' role in public consultation. Regulatory requirements on stakeholder consultation are studied. Scenarios provide students with practical application of the concepts contained in the regulations. This course examines issues surface land professionals encounter when working with aboriginal people and addressing their rights associated with traditional lands. Historical, legal, and cultural reasons impacting current situations are studied.

  • LAND 201

Learners will apply provincial regulations in the surface land acquisition and development process. Stakeholder interests will be identified. Basic agricultural terminology will be covered in relation to industry’s impact on the landscape.


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Course Credits

This practicum provides students with an eight-week work experience course that encompasses applying acquired skills in a related workplace environment. This learner-centred course allows for applied education practice for students who can benefit from industry experience.

  • LAND 201
  • LAND 202
  • LAND 203
  • LAND 206
  • LAND 207
  • LAND 209

Learners will be introduced to the fundamentals of project management and its application in industry. The focus of this course is to provide project management skills, including planning and management of project scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk and procurement. Emphasis is on team building and group work. Project management software will also be evaluated.

  • LAND 201
  • LAND 202
  • LAND 203
  • LAND 206
  • LAND 207
  • LAND 209


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >


Explore your options!

Some courses in this program are available through Open Studies. You can complete courses via Open Studies to get a head start on your education, reduce your course load once accepted into a credentialed program, or determine which career path best suits you before you fully commit. 

You may also take courses for general interest or personal and professional development.

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • at least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2, and
  • at least 50% in Math 20-1 or Math 20-2.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.


Academic Upgrading

Missing an admission requirement for this program? Upgrade your prior education to help you receive admission into one of SAIT's career programs.


English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

There are no formal transfer agreements currently in place for this program.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta search tool for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Waitlisted
  • Application deadline: Extended
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024


2024/25 tuition and fees

The following estimated costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $5,820 $1,608 $7,428
Total cost:

Supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.



Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

Application process

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Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

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Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants.

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Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

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