Establish a Section

SPE has sections around the world that provide an operating framework for all major society activities. Sections are semi-autonomous units and self-governing within the framework of SPE policies. Sections are organized into regions, and each region has representation on the SPE Board of Directors.

Applications for new sections are reviewed three times a year. Please refer to the eligibility requirements below and the Section Officers Resource Center before you begin the application process.


  • Petroleum industry activity in the area
  • 25 professional members residing in the geographical area

To apply, download and submit a complete Section Petition (.doc) to by 15 February, June, or October. Petitioning members are encouraged to work closely with staff before the deadline to ensure all details are correct.

Within 45 days of the submission deadline, the petitioning officer will be notified of approval. Until officially approved, groups may not operate using the SPE name.

Upon formation of the new section, SPE will provide a grant of USD 3,000 intended to assist the section in beginning operations.