Energy Land Management Certificate Program (ELM)

Energy Finance & Management classes begin Saturday, March 11 and go through March 26. Don’t forget to register!


The Burns School offers nine certificates in its Energy Land Management Certificate Program (ELM). You may take one or two classes or work to earn any or all certificates by taking all classes under the preferred certificate(s).

Schedules and descriptions of each course are being finalized and will be updated soon.

Winter/Spring 2017: Program Schedules | Information Packet | Course Descriptions

The ELM program is designed for landmen, lease and title analysts, attorneys, land owners and others in the industry or those interested in entering the industry seeking formal energy land management training. Classes are taught in an intensive one- or two-day format without the mandatory entry requirements, testing or cost of a traditional academic program.

Special Features and Benefits

  • Convenient and flexible. The ELM program is designed for busy professionals. Classes are just one or two days, typically on Fridays and/or the weekend. You can take classes in any order (except individuals new to the industry) and you have two years to complete all the classes required to earn an ELM certificate.
  • Immediate ROI. From day one, you’ll learn skills and best practices to apply on the job to improve your effectiveness. ELM courses are constantly updated to reflect the current trends and challenges of the industry.
  • Dynamic instruction and networking. The ELM program attracts a wide range of industry professionals leading to the exchange of ideas, best practices and contacts. Courses are taught by Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald, a leading expert in the field who practices and teaches land management nationwide.

Details At A Glance

Eligible ParticipantsIndividuals currently working in energy and/or land management and those looking to enter the industry.
Class ScheduleOne- or two-day classes typically held on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday. Friday and Saturday classes are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch. Sunday classes are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break.
Class FormatClasses are lecture style with case studies examined and discussed during the class. There are no tests, papers or grades as this is a non-academic program, but be prepared to learn a wealth of information.
TuitionOne day classes are $375, two day classes are $750 and Stand Alone Classes are $395. This fee includes workbooks and on-campus parking permits for the day. Many employers offer tuition assistance to complete the program.
Online CoursesClasses are offered on-campus and online, in real-time. The link to the real-time online lecture, class materials and all instructions are sent 48 hours before the class. While online courses are intended for distance students, when a class size is small, on-campus students may be asked to participate online. Those students may audit the same class(es) the next time the course is offered on campus at no extra charge.
Class RegistrationTo register, please select the registration link located next to your program
You will receive classroom and parking information via email within 48 hours of a class. Registration will close three business days prior to the class start date. You do not need to take the GMAT or apply to Daniels College of Business to take ELM classes.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who would benefit from these certificate courses?

The courses cover areas of knowledge for landmen, land techs, lease title analysts, division order analysts, attorneys, accountants, financial advisors and investors as well as mineral, royalty and surface owners. Those wishing to start a career in the industry benefit greatly by taking these courses.

Can I get financial aid for these courses?

No, since this is a non-academic program it does not qualify for traditional funding.

Can classes from one certificate be substituted to count towards another certificate?

No, the requirements under each certificate are valid for that certificate only.

I missed the classes I wanted to take, will they be scheduled again?

Yes, each of the certificate series will run two times each year; January through June and July through December. The only exception is the Advanced ELM Certificate which runs one time mid-year.

I have already taken several classes and have decided that I want to earn a certificate. Will these classes I have taken count toward a certificate?

Yes. If you have taken the previous classes through the Burns School ELM program, they will count toward the applicable certificate as long as they are completed within the two years.

Do I need to take the GMAT test & be accepted by the University of Denver in order to enroll in the ELM Certificate Program?

No. This is an industry program, not an academic program. You do not have to go through the academic acceptance process nor pay the same tuition as DU academic students. There are no tests or papers due for the classes, but you will learn an amazing amount of essential information about the industry.

I just heard about a class being offered but registration is already closed. Can I still take the class?

We must close registration 72 hours before each class so class materials can be printed and other documents prepared, but you may still contact Debra at the Burns School at 303-871-3997. If extra class material is available, you may be able to take the class but this is not guaranteed. Please do not just show up to a class without pre-registering or first contacting the school.

Do you have an academic energy program through the University of Denver?

Not at this time.

Do you offer any continuing education credits for these courses?

Yes, we currently offer CEU’s from NALTA (National Association of Lease Title Analysts) and NADOA (National Association of Division Order Analysts).

Contact Debra Ortlip at the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at 303.871.3997 or with any questions.