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Accounting Oil and Gas Production

Closed for Fall 2019

Open for Fall 2020

Length: 8 Months
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

With an extensively updated and expanded curriculum from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Production Accounting (CAPPA), learn the basics of petroleum production accounting, including how to compile, manage and report financial and production data, and then kick-start your career with a practicum in the petroleum industry

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* This program has been updated and enhanced for 2019.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $15,895
Year 1 (International): $25,154

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2019 Nov. 12, 2019
Fall 2020 Nov. 12, 2020

Bring your own device

 With your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) laptop, you will learn from faculty with real business and production accounting experience. 

Program Details

Program description

Oil and Gas Production Accounting teaches the basics of petroleum production accounting as it relates to the petroleum industry. Oil and gas production accountants are responsible for compiling, managing and reporting financial and production data for the oil and gas industry.

Production accountants are specialists in their field and must have a sound knowledge of petroleum products in addition to an understanding of the industry's financial practices and government regulations. This program was developed and certified by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Production Accounting (CAPPA).

This program is offered full-time on the SAIT campus via an intensive, full-time 35-week program accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.

Note: This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Fast facts

  • Students who have successfully completed OGPA-210 Production Accounting - Oil Patch - Introduction - Level 1 may be eligible to use this course towards the Energy Asset Management Diploma and the Petroleum Land Administration Certificate.
  • Students who have successfully completed ACCT-215 Introductory Financial Accounting I or BCMP 225 Business Computers may be eligible to use these courses towards the Business Administration Diploma and the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. 
  • Please contact business.advising@sait.ca for more information.

Your career

Graduates find work as production, operations, revenue or joint venture accountants in the petroleum industry.

Student success

To be issued the CAPPA certificate, students must complete all CAPPA courses within three (3) years. This applies to all students regardless of institution or method of course delivery. 

Students who started the program prior to July 1, 2019, will be bridged into the new curriculum. Contact business.advising@sait.ca for more information. 

Credentials and accreditation

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive both a SAIT Accounting Oil and Gas Production Certificate and a CAPPA certificate in Accounting - Oil and Gas Production. See the Canadian Association of Petroleum Production Accounting (CAPPA) website for prerequisites and graduation requirements.

The program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Production Accounting. To receive the CAPPA certificate students must attain 70% in all five levels of CAPPA. 

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

John S. Belgrave Memorial Award

The John S. Belgrave Memorial Award is awarded by CAPPA to SAIT students who are enrolled in the fulltime practicum program. This award honours John S. Belgrave — a leader and an innovator in the production accounting field. John was a great friend of CAPPA and — along with CAPPA and their many volunteers  — helped improved education for production accountants before he passed away in 2001.

To encourage those students in the Oil and Gas Production Accounting program at SAIT, CAPPA offers a $1,000 award to that one full-time student in the practicum program who, in addition to academic achievement, demonstrates such attributes as leadership, resourcefulness and helpfulness. The recipient will be nominated by his or her fellow classmates and approved by the program coordinator at SAIT.  The deadline is June 30 each year.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date

Admission requirements

  • All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission. Proof of English proficiency equal to a minimum of three years of education at an English speaking Canadian school or at a recognized international English speaking school, or completion of a proficiency exam is required upon application. 
  • SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Accounting Oil and Gas Production and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first offered basis.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

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View additional Accounting Oil & Gas Production program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Program outline

Semester one

Course code Course name Credit
ACCT-215 Introductory Financial Accounting 3.0
ACCT-216 Fee Calculations and Journal Entries 1.5
BCMP-225 Business Productivity Tools and Technology 3.0
COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills 3.0
OGPA-210 Introduction to the Oil and Gas Industry 3.0
PRAC-295 Practicum for AOGP 3.0
PRDT-201 Field Data Capture and Application 1.5
PRDT-202 Gas and Gas Splits Allocations 1.5
PRDT-206 Volumetrics: Production Accounting Analysis 1.5
PROJ-218 Production Accounting Software and Case Studies 3.0
RREG-200 Freehold, Override, IOGC & Unitization 1.5
RREG-204 Royalty and Cost Calculations 3.0
RREG-206 Oil Sands and Measurement EAP Directive 17 1.5
WATR-207 Water and Water Volume Confirmations 1.5
Program total 31.5


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $14,910 $462 $288 $235 $15,895

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $23,944 $462 $288 $460 $25,154


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here.

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • Dental Plan: $125
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out and adding dependants. 

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and Supplies

Bring Your Own Device program approx. $600-$800 for a laptop that meets the minimum BYOD requirements.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change and not included in the price of the program.


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