Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Processing Certificate

Program Structure   Tuition and Fees  Courses  Registration logoEarn a Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) Processing Certificate with this accessible online training program exploring one of the oil sands most popular and nuanced method of bitumen recovery. Curriculum is written by industry experts and contains accurate visualizations and animated chapters

Program structure

Each online module is self-guided so you can register at any time, and learn at your own pace.
You must achieve a passing grade of 80% for all modules to complete the certificate program.
Depending on the individual and their motivation, it is expected that a full time student should complete all 4 modules in 4-8 months. Students will however, have up to 12 months to complete each module. 

Tuition and fees

Each online module has a different cost. All prices are subject to GST:

  • Module 1 - Well Pads: $445.00 
  • Module 2 - Bitumen Processing: $495.00 
  • Module 3 - Produced Water De-Oiling: $495.00 
  • Module 4 - Water Treatment: $445.00 

Each course includes a $5.00 per course tech fee.


This program's modules include:

Module 1 - Well Pads (CESAGD100)

7.5 Hours, $445.00

Students will learn how high pressure steam is used to recover heavy bitumen to the surface, how lift gas enhances this recovery and how the produced fluids are separated into liquid and gas components for transportation to the SAGD processing facility. 

Students have up to 12 months to complete this module. 

Module 2 - Bitumen Processing (CESAGD200)

10.5 Hours, $495.00

Students will learn how the recovered SAGD emulsions are processed to remove water and vapor components, how the remaining heavy oil is diluted for transportation, and how any off-spec product is recycled and reprocessed to meet Sales Oil specifications. Also covered are the systems required for control and processing of recovered hydrocarbon gases for use as facility fuel gas.

Students have up to 12 months to complete this module.

Module 3 - Produced Water De-Oiling (CESAGD300)

11 Hours, $495.00

Students will learn how water recovered from the SAGD emulsions is processed to remove oil and solids, how precipitation softening is performed, and how produced water is deaerated in preparation for use as facility Boiler
Feed Water.

Students have up to 12 months to complete this module. 

Module 4 - Water Treatment (CESAGD400)

8 Hours, $445.00

Students will learn how De-oiled Produced Water is softened to Boiler Feed Water specification, how the soft water is treated and processed to Low Pressure Boiler Feed Water, how it is pre-heated and increased in pressure to High Pressure Boiler Feed Water, and how the generated high pressure steam is depressurized for various facility purposes. 

Students have up to 12 months to complete this module. 


You can choose to:

  • Call 780-791-4801 to register
  • Register in-person at the Office of the Registrar at 8115 Franklin Ave., Fort McMurray, AB

Ensure you provide your email address when registering. We will send you your course access code through email.