Capacity Building

International Short Courses

UAlberta has an international reputation for teaching and research excellence across diverse areas of impact in the sciences, engineering, health sciences, social sciences and humanities, creative arts, business and physical education.

In order to promote international skills transfer and capacity-building at the global level, ICDPP coordinates tailor-made short courses (2 - 3 days) in a range of focus areas for professional development to various organizations in industry, as well as the public and private sectors.


While short courses are available to a wide range of participants, the focus is on sponsored students and professionals and generally include:

  • Public sector professionals
  • Private sector professionals
  • Executives
  • Young professionals
  • Graduate students 

Course offerings 

Short courses are flexible and customized to meet each group’s specific needs and are open to any proposed content field. 

Some of our areas of expertise include: energy, environment, physical education, climate change, food and nutrition, and health. Short courses may also include:

  • Experiential aspects
  • Cultural excursions
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Subject specific ESL
  • Intercultural skills
  • Business

    Economics And The Oil Supply Chain

    Energy Strategy and Finance

    Hydrocarbon Project Management

    Management For The Natural Gas Industry

    Markets And Sustainability For A Competitive Energy Sector

    Petroleum Economics

    Petroleum Project Economics And Risk Analysis

    Plan Evaluation And Preparation For Responding To Oil Spills

    Pipeline Strategy and Integrity Management

    Prevention And Mitigation Of Operational Problems During Natural Gas And Oil Well Drilling

    Public Investment Projects In The Hydrocarbon Subsector

    Risk Analysis And Decision Making In Oil And Gas Projects

    Risk Analysis And Uncertainty In The Evaluation Of Petroleum Projects (With Software Such As: Crystal Ball Or @Risk)

    Risk Evaluation For Well Drilling Projects

    Risk Management For The Hydrocarbon Sector

    Strategic Planning For The Approval Of Hydrocarbon Projects

    Structural Analysis To Determine Viability Of Hydrocarbon Projects

    Sustainability 101

    Tools For Advanced Project Management In The Oil And Gas Industry

  • Energy Engineering Science

    Acid Rock Drainage

    Advanced Drilling

    Advanced Reservoir Simulation

    Advanced Well Control

    Applied Geostatistics For The Evaluation Of Petrophysics

    Applied Reservoir Engineering

    Blasting Standards Regulation And Practices For Open Mine Pits

    Definition, Classification And Estimation Of Petroleum And Condensate Gas  Reserves

    Design, Creation, And Inspection Of Pipelines

    Drilling And Blasting

    Drilling And Maintenance Of Wells

    Drones - Operating/Building

    Energy Auditing And Management 

    Enhanced Oil And Heavy Oil  Recovery

    Enhanced Oil Recovery

    Enhancing Oil Productivity And Recovery By Water And Gas  Injection

    Exploitation Of Heavy Oil

     Exploration And Evaluation Of Fractured  Reservoirs


    Fundamentals of Drilling Fluids Engineering

    Fundamentals Of Fluid Flow In Fractured Porous Media

    Gas Injection Methods

    Geology Of Reservoir-Rocks And Fluid Properties

    Geology Of Shale Oil And Shale Gas Plays


    GIS For Environmental Analysis And Assessment

    Heavy Oil and Bitumen Recovery

    Heavy Oil Recovery By Thermal And Solvent Methods

    Hydrogeological Models For MinesIntegrated Mine Closure

    Integrated Petroleum Geosciences

    Logical Database Design

    Mature Fields Development

    Measurement Of Hydrocarbons

    Methane Petrochemistry

    Methods And Tools Used To Characterize Naturally Fractured And Highly Irregulary Layered Reservoirs Sequence Stratigraphy 

    Nodal Analyses for Optimization of Petroleum Production Operations 

    Open Hole Well Logging and Formation 

    Well Completion and Stimulation

  • Environment

    Best Practices In Environment, Operations/Regulator

    Environmental Auditing

    Environmental Impact Assessment

    Environmental Restoration And Remediation In The Hydrocarbon  Sector

    Legacy Site Reclamation

    Monitoring And Controlling Environmental Quality In The Oil And Gas Industry

    Remediation Of Environmental  Liabilities

    Right Of Access For Hydrocarbon Activities In Protected Natural Areas (Best Practices)

    Sustainability 101 (Based upon a five-pillar model of sustainability - Governance, Economic, Social, Environmental, Cultural)

  • Health and Safety

    Energy Efficiency In Process Industries: Security, Hygiene, And Environment

    Mine Safety

    Prevention And Security In The Hydrocarbon Industry

    Process Safety Management For The Hydrocarbon Industry-Focus On Ccps

    Process Security Management System, As Per “Osha 1910.119” (Related To Modernizing Refineries)

    Road Safety

    Winter Road Maintenance (Transportation Engineering)

  • Law and Policy

    Law And Policy For The Hydrocarbon Industry

    Protocol & Diplomacy

    Public Policy And Strategic Planning For Hydrocarbons

    Public Service Regulation: Natural Gas

    Revenue Optimization And Sovereign Wealth Fund  Management

    Specific Technical Legal Criteria For The Scope Of Environmental Management Tools: Sustainable Technical Report And Abandonment Plan (Temporary, Partial, And Definite)

    Using Foresight To Manage Uncertainty

  • Social and Community

    Community Engagement: Custodianship, Governance & Community

    Managing Social Conflicts And Social Management (For The Hydrocarbon Industry)

    Negotiation, Influence, And Conflict Resolution In The Hydrocarbon Industry

    Social And Environmental Responsibility In The Hydrocarbon  Sector

    Social Conflict Management

    Social Issues In Mining

  • Sports and Recreation Management

    Hosting Athletic Competitions And Large Events

    Sport For Community Development

    Sports And Recreation Facilities-Planning, Design, And  Management

Modes of Delivery/Format

Courses can range from a few days to a few week or months, depending on the audience and their needs. The flexible nature of short courses allows for them to be delivered in a variety of formats.  Short courses can be delivered:

  • in-country
  • in Canada
  • Online
  • Face-to-face
  • Blended formats of the above


Depending on the audience and specific learning objectives, courses may be taught by or in collaboration with:

  • Professors from UAlberta or other academic institutions
  • Government officials
  • Specialists from the public or private sectors
  • Representatives of regulatory bodies
  • Experts from host countries


Costing will be determined on a case-by-case basis and will be based on standard costing models, taking into account the context and length of the course.


Timelines to organize short courses vary depending on each project and situation. A timeline will be discussed at the beginning of each project.


Krista Aune
Business Development Manager, ICDPP