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SPE publications cover all aspects of the oil and gas industry and are considered the leading source of industry technical applications, issues and discoveries.


Our Events

From conferences, symposia, and forums to workshops and training courses, SPE events offer technical knowledge and information you can use on the job.


SPE Competency Management Tool

Take control of your professional development. Our web-based resource enables E&P professionals to plan their career advancement in two steps:

Step 1: The Assessment
Test capabilities against job competency models to identify knowledge gaps relative to industry standards.

Step 2: The Individual Learning Plan
View customized recommendations to fill competency gaps, including training courses, papers and other resources.

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Distinguished Lecturer Program

Each year, 35 to 40 Distinguished Lecturers – known experts in their fields – are chosen to travel across the world and present technical information to SPE sections. DLs are nominated by their peers, and then reviewed and selected by the DL committee. SPE sections have as many as three presentations each year.

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Petroleum Professional Certification Program

This program offers members an opportunity to obtain a recognized credential as a petroleum industry professional. The program offers a measurable evaluation of members' technical knowledge and skills, while conferring recognition of their compliance with international standards for petroleum professionals as established by SPE.

To become certified, applicants must have:

  • Verified education
  • Industry experience
  • Committment to professional ethics
  • Successfully passed the certification exam

More about certification

Technical Sections

SPE Technical Sections are communities of SPE members who come together to share ideas, promote competence, and develop projects related to their areas of technical interest. They meet online for the most part, but are encouraged to hold face-to-face meetings at least once per year.

Learn more about our Technical Sections


PetroWiki is the upstream oil and gas industry’s first fully-moderated wiki. Make PetroWiki your source for:

  • Information—Find technically sound information moderated by industry experts.
  • Resources—Access basic engineering calculations, the Petroleum Engineering Handbook, links to OnePetro articles, and more.
  • Expertise—SPE professional members can contribute to PetroWiki.

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