An electronic survey by the Education Committee,
taken to assess the strengths and weaknesses of AAPG courses, seminars
and conferences, shows concern among members regarding the decline
in trained, experienced geologists to replace those retiring from
our business in the next 10-15 years.
We are utilizing the respondents' key points to help
guide the future of AAPG training services.
Survey highlights included:
- Training opportunities that are one to
three days long and presented at a convenient location (in-house,
in town, in the field, etc.) are preferred over the one- to two-week
- AAPG training is the best available --
but members take classes from many sources.
- Courses are taken to enhance work performance
rather than as a "perk" for good performance.
- Courses that are two to three days long
and offered in conjunction with meetings are most popular.
- On average, members took two courses/workshops
in the past 24 months.
- Reservoir modeling-structure to simulation
is the most advanced course wanted.
- Next to in-house training, AAPG provided
most member training in the last two years (but only one in five
took an AAPG course).
- Field trips or lectures are better than
online learning but online learning is great because it is self-paced.
- AAPG courses offered "in-house" or at
local meetings are good alternatives to those held with national,
section or international meetings.
What's the influence of the survey results?
- Training Partner programs of selected
courses are available to companies for in-house, in our headquarters
- The second Winter Education Conference
will be held in Houston in February, featuring up to 11 courses
and seminars in a one-week, "you pick what you want," format.
- Some new field seminars will include
combined classroom and field experiences.
- Selected engineering and geophysical
seminars are being added to our curriculum.
You responded; we listened and are acting. Thank
you for helping us all adapt to the changing needs in our professional