Oil and Gas Accounting (CPE Course)

CPE Credit: 9 hours

Course Type: Downloaded PDF materials with online test

Price (with PDF Textbook): $60


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Course Description
Oil and gas operations have some of the most unique accounting issues found in any industry. Oil & Gas Accounting delves into acquisition, exploration, development, and production activities, covering many industry-specific accounting issues. Topics covered include the successful efforts method, full cost method, reserve reporting, the unit of production method, severance taxes, take-or-pay arrangements, transfers of mineral interests, and joint interest accounting, as well as industry-specific controls that should be installed. In short, this is the essential oil and gas desk reference for the accountant.


Author: Steven Bragg

Course Number: AC1120

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Overview of Oil and Gas Operations
Chapter 2. Overview of Oil and Gas Accounting
Chapter 3. Successful Efforts Method
Chapter 4. Full Cost Method
Chapter 5. Depreciation, Depletion, and Amortization
Chapter 6. Accounting for Production Costs
Chapter 7. Revenue Accounting
Chapter 8. Reserve Reporting
Chapter 9. Transfers of Mineral Interests
Chapter 10. Joint Interest Accounting
Chapter 11. Interest Capitalization
Chapter 12. Asset Retirement and Environmental Obligations
Chapter 13. Asset Impairment
Chapter 14. Oil and Gas Disclosures
Chapter 15. IFRS Accounting for Oil and Gas
Chapter 16. Auditor Inquiries
Chapter 17. Accounting Controls

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the various steps in the process of exploring for, developing, and producing on an oil and gas property.
  • Identify the different types of wells.
  • Identify the documentation used to record produced oil and gas.
  • Recognize the contents of a lease arrangement.
  • Define the different cost classifications associated with oil and gas activities.
  • Recognize the various types of production costs.
  • Describe the situations in which a joint operating agreement is used.
  • Define the contents of a lease database.
  • Identify the different classifications of exploration costs.
  • Recognize the accounting for all aspects of drilling a well and subsequent well operations.
  • Identify the indicators of sufficient progress in regard to assessing the viability of a project.
  • Differentiate between the successful efforts and full cost methods.
  • Describe the calculation process for the unit of production method.
  • Recognize the valuation rules relating to oil and gas inventory.
  • Note the contents of a run ticket.
  • Identify the information contained within a division order.
  • Describe the accounting for producer gas imbalances.
  • List the criteria used to report proved oil and gas reserves.
  • Recognize the indicators that can trigger a review of reserves.
  • Recognize the accounting variations available when recording a nonmonetary exchange.
  • Recognize all aspects of the accounting for joint interest arrangements.
  • Describe the circumstances under which interest can and cannot be capitalized.
  • State the situations in which asset retirement obligations can be deferred.
  • Note the rules used to determine the expected present value of an asset retirement obligation.
  • Recognize the accounting for environmental contamination costs.
  • Describe the circumstances under which impairment testing should be conducted, as well as the rules for doing so.
  • Note the situations in which an asset can be classified as held for sale.
  • Describe the disclosure requirements for reserves.
  • Identify the appropriate costing to be used for exploration costs associated with mineral resources, as well as the indicators for when impairment testing should be conducted on mineral resources assets.
  • Recognize the audit activities in which an auditor will be engaged when auditing an oil and gas firm.
  • Recognize the different types of controls that are specific to an oil and gas firm.

Level: Overview

Instructional Method: QAS Self-Study

NASBA Category: Accounting

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

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