Student FAQs

Membership Questions

Who is CAPPA?

CAPPA stands for Canadian Association of Petroleum Production Accounting.

We are a non-profit organization that offers a Production Accounting Certificate program through the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Mount Royal University (MRU). CAPPA is a member-driven association that provides its members with information and resources critical to the profession of production accounting through our website, meetings and seminars for primarily Production and Revenue Accountants. CAPPA also provides opportunities for members to engage in continuing education, networking, social events and business discussion.

What do I get with my CAPPA membership?

A CAPPA membership provides you with preferred pricing on educational luncheons, seminars, conferences and social events as well as exclusive access to invitations, resources, volunteer opportunities and our job board.

How much is a student membership?

Student memberships are $59 plus GST.

Education Questions

Q: What is a CAPPA certificate and how do I get one?

A: A person who has earned a CAPPA Certificate has completed the educational requirements of the program and possesses a basic level of understanding of the fundamentals of the Canadian petroleum production accounting discipline.  The CAPPA Certificate is recognized throughout the Canadian oil & gas industry.  The CAPPA Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of all required courses in the program.  The student must warn a minimum 70% (B-) in all courses in order to pass.

Q: How much time do I get to complete all the courses. 

A: The student must complete all courses successfully before the end of the 37th month after initial registration date into the program.   For instance, if initial registration took place between January 1, 2020 and January 31, 2020, the student must successfully complete all course requirements by no later than January 31, 2023.

Q: What if I can not successfully complete the entire program within the 37 month period?

A: A student may be granted a one-time extension of up to six months to complete the program. Extension requests must be submitted in writing to the CAPPA Education Steering Committee no later than 90 days prior to the end of the 37th month after initial registration.  Requests must provide details explaining the need for more time. The Committee will review the request and provide a response within 30 days of receiving it.  If an extension is granted, the terms (length, etc) of the extension will be specified in the response. The decision of the Committee is final and appeals will not be considered.

Q: I was (or am) enrolled in the 5 module Legacy program but will not be able to complete it by December 2019? What should I do?

  • If a student has completed Level 1 (Legacy), they must complete Courses 2-11 of the New Curriculum.
  • If a student has completed Level 2 (Legacy), they must complete the Capstone course plus any combination of courses from the New curriculum totaling a minimum of 96 hours.
  • If a student has completed Level 3 (Legacy), they must complete the Capstone course plus any combination of courses from the New curriculum totaling a minimum of 51 hours.
  • If a student has completed Level 4 (Legacy, they must complete the Capstone course plus any combination of courses from the New curriculum totaling a minimum of 6 hours.

Clink link to see courses and hours: Courses & Hours

What will I learn in each level?

Please click on the following link for an overview of the CAPPA program. Read Me First

What are Petrinex Modules?

The Petrinex Modules are part of the CAPPA program and they must be completed in order to receive your CAPPA certificate.

Petrinex serves three distinct functions.

  • It is a central database for all of the volumetric and infrastructure data related to Alberta and Saskatchewan’s upstream oil and gas industry.
  • It is a communication tool enabling stakeholders to exchange accurate information quickly and efficiently (partner reporting and pipeline splits are being implemented).
  • It is an analysis tool. As an analysis tool, Petrinex avoids common mathematical errors by saving the information in its most basic form and then performing calculations as required.

New Petrinex Online Training Platform

When do I have to complete all of the Petrinex Modules?

  • All modules must be completed in order to receive your CAPPA certificate.
  • CAPPA strongly encourages students to complete all Petrinex modules in their profile, related to the particular CAPPA program they are undertaking. As a student enters a new level, the Petrinex modules associated with that level will be added to their profile.
  • CAPPA has estimated that it will take approximately 80 hours to complete all required folders.

 I am not able to access the Petrinex modules. What I am doing wrong?

Students using Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or 11 need to set up the compatibility view in order to access their profiles correctly.

Instructions:–  IE10 Setting  click on the Compatibility View button that appears in the Address Bar or:

1) Click on the settings icon in the top right corner when the explorer is open

2) Select F12 developer tools (opens options on bottom of page)

3) Select Browser Mode: and choose IE9 Compatibility Mode

IE11 Setting – click on the settings icon in the top right corner when the explorer is open.

1) Select the Compatibility View Settings item in the drop-down menu

2) Check the “Use Microsoft Compatibility lists” checkbox

IE8 – Petrinex discontinues support of IE8 as of August 2015

Students are encouraged to set the training site under their trusted sites under Internet Options – Security – Trusted sites. (https://training.petrinex.gov.ab.ca/traccess/login.asp)

Popup blockers on computers must be disabled for the training site, at least for the period that students are working on the training website (a number of security applications read the modules as popups).

What if I am still having trouble or have questions?

Students can email Petrinex at: petrinexadmin@petrinex.ca.

Where can I take the CAPPA certificate program? Does it matter which institution?

The program is offered in several formats. Daytime programs are offered at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and evening programs, which are lecture based, are offered at both Mount Royal University (MRU) and SAIT.

How do I apply for my CAPPA certificate?

Students who have completed all required courses are to complete an Application for Certificate and submit to your education institute which then gets forwarded to CAPPA.

Application for CAPPA Certificate MRU

Application for CAPPA Certificate SAIT

What is the cost for the CAPPA certificate?

The certificate issuance fee is $79 + GST for current members and $188 + GST for non-members. The fee also provides a CAPPA New Grad membership.

How long will it take to receive my CAPPA certificate?

The CAPPA office will process a graduate’s certificate within 30 days of receiving the approved application  from the institution and Petrinex.

What are the graduation requirements?

Please see Graduation Requirements

Q: May I be exempted from taking the Financial Accounting and Excel pre-requisite courses for this program?

A student may be exempted if they submit a written request along with proof of grade of 70% or greater from one of the following approved Alberta institutions:

SAIT, NAIT, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, Mount Royal University, Grant McEwan University or the University of Athabasca.

 What is the cost for each course?

The cost to take the CAPPA program in classroom or online is set by the institution (SAIT) delivering the course.

How do I register?

You can register for the CAPPA program through each institution’s website or by calling the M.R.U or SAIT’s student services phone number. Your registration and payment may be made directly over the phone.

What is the passing grade?

A student will need to achieve a minimum grade of 70% (B-) in order to proceed to the next course.

Can I take the courses online?

Yes. SAIT offers online delivery of the program.

Where do I take exams if I do the courses online?

SAIT will provide specific details around exams.

Does CAPPA sell stand-alone course materials?

Unfortunately CAPPA, nor SAIT, offers stand-alone course materials, at this time.

How do I get a replacement CAPPA certificate?

Replacement Certificates may be ordered from the CAPPA office.  CAPPA requires you to provide confirmation of successful completion from the education institution.  There is an administrative fee of $99+GST to issue a replacement certificate.

Can my accounting courses, accounting designations or accounting training be used as credits?

No. CAPPA does not accept previous training or accounting designations as credits towards the program, but they may qualify for the required pre-requisite.

I have worked in the Oil & Gas Industry for some time.  Can I receive credit towards the CAPPA Certificate Program?

Those with industry experience may take the Level 1 (only) challenge exam once. Upon passing, you may then enroll directly in Course 2. Please speak to a SAIT advisor for more information.

Can I take more than one online course at a time?

Ultimately this is up to the student but CAPPA does not suggest taking multiple courses at one time as the course material builds on each other.

 What is the starting salary?

As a CAPPA member, you can view the Salary Survey, which outlines the salary range for a Production Accountant. www.cappa.org

 Do I have to be a CAPPA member?   

A CAPPA membership is not mandatory in order to take the CAPPA program; however, CAPPA encourages students to take advantage of the benefits of membership.

CAPPA members receive preferred pricing for: educational luncheons, seminars, conference and social events. Members will also receive up to date industry information, access to the job board, salary and membership survey results and materials from CAPPA presentations.

Can students volunteer for CAPPA?

Yes. Please go to Committee and Volunteer Opportunities.