Review for the Principles and Practice Exam

Management and Information

Course Description

This preparatory study course will share best practices for engineering professionals getting ready to take the professional registration or the SPE certification exam. Questions similar to those found on a typical exam will be reviewed in an effort to raise awareness of exam content. Areas covered include drilling and completions, production logging, economics, reservoir engineering, and formation evaluation.


  • Participants will be able to strategically approach the study process
  • Participants will know of valuable reference materials needed for successful completion of the exam
  • Participants will be made aware of general procedures and requirements for registration

Course materials and sample problems are updated each year to remain abreast of changes in the exam. Current test questions will not be reviewed or distributed during this class.

Learning Level


Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend

This course can save you valuable time by helping you study in a focused way. By the time you take the exam, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that you are well prepared.

Who Attends

This course is for anyone desiring U.S. professional registration or taking the SPE Certification Exam.

Special Requirements

Attendees must bring a calculator to class.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 2-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

Training sessions attached to SPE conferences and workshops follow the cancellation policies stated on the event information page.  Please check that page for specific cancellation information.

SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full regional cancellation policies can be found at the Cancellation Policy page within the SPE Training Course Catalog.


Richard G. Hughes is a professional-in-residence at the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering (PETE) at Louisiana State University. He earned a BS in petroleum engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and held various production, reservoir and IT positions with Tenneco Oil Company, Dwights EnergyData and Amerada Hess.

Hughes earned his MS and PhD in petroleum engineering from Stanford University, then joined the University of Oklahoma’s Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering as an assistant professor. His research interests include using CO2 for enhanced oil recovery and carbon sequestration, modeling multiphase flow in porous media and rock fractures, production data analysis, natural gas storage and reservoir engineering of unconventional resources.

Robert W. Chase is professor and chair of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology at Marietta College and has served in that position since 1978. Prior to this, he served as an assistant professor of petroleum engineering at West Virginia University from 1976 to 1978. He worked previously for Halliburton Services, Gulf Research and Development Company, and the Department of Energy. He has served as a consultant to Columbia Gas, NiSource, Dominion Resources, EQT (formerly Equitable Resources), Cabot Oil and Gas and CONSOL Energy/ CNX. He has published numerous technical papers in the areas of natural gas engineering and well testing, but his primary devotion has been to undergraduate petroleum engineering education.

Chase was a member of SPE’s Board of Directors from 1991–1994. He has served as chair of the Education and Accreditation Committee of SPE and president of the Association of Heads of US Petroleum Engineering Schools. He served one year as SPE’s representative on the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET in addition to serving as a visitor on numerous ABETS visiting teams.

Chase received his BS, MS, and PhD in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Penn State.