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Oklahoma mineral companies owner to offer free landman course to people because of slowdown

WARR ACRES — The owner of a local minerals company who has held landman classes for years is organizing a series of free lectures for people interested in learning about the occupation, he announced Friday.

Sebastian Cosme, Managing Member of Fire Creek Petroleum, said he and his partners in the educational program plan to offer a beginners landman course to people who are interested in learning more about the occupation because of the ongoing slowdown in the oil and gas industry.

Cosme said he created the course, offered over a two-day-long period and licensed by Oklahoma’s Board of Education, in 2011.

Students in past classes, which earned recertification credits through the American Association of Professional Landmen by attending, paid $495 to attend.

But because he and the other instructors anticipate potential students to either be under- or unemployed, they opted to waive the enrollment fee for a round of courses they plan to hold during the first part of 2020.

“The industry is kind of hurting,” Cosme said, explaining their rationale behind the decision. “Hopefully, we will get people some training so that they can get jobs when the industry starts to turn back around.

“I like doing it, and my business partner, a former instructor at Auburn, loves to teach anyway.”

Cosme said more than 100 people already have reached out to indicate their interest in attending one of the free courses through the educational program’s website, landmanclass.com, or through its Facebook page, Free Landman Seminars.

Classes will be held at a conference room in a building where Cosme’s company Fire Creek Petroleum is located, 5601 NW 72.

Because class space is limited, Cosme indicated a series of class dates probably will be offered, with the first set scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 4 and Jan. 5.

Cosme said he and his partner have created a nine-hour instructional video they intend to make available to interested people, as well.

“We are trying to help out the industry as best we can,” Cosme said.

Additional information is available at landmanclass.com.

Jack Money

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