Professional Development for New Petroleum Accountants

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We know how it feels at the beginning of a new career—raring to go but not sure where to start.

Welcome to the place to start!

COPAS is a professional member association for petroleum accountants—2,600 members and 26 societies strong. We build each other up and grow together as professionals, people and friends.

Whether you’re just starting your career or you’re an experienced accountant new to oil and gas, COPAS can help you on your way.

We want to meet you where you are. What do you need?

I want to connect with others in the industry.

Join a COPAS Society

Joining your regional COPAS society will immediately connect you with fellow professionals in your area. You can also network at the national level at our annual Spring and Fall meetings. When you connect with thousands of oil and gas accountants across the country, the sharing of knowledge, opportunities and friendship naturally follows!

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Building Your Network

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Networking is so important. It will help with your job and career, and you will gain knowledge you can’t get sitting at a desk. The people in COPAS have mentored me, answered questions for me, and genuinely cared about me and my family.

Melissa Gruenewald, Oklahoma City

I have the foundational skills for my role, but I need to build on them.

CPE Courses

Learn more about industry best practices, standards and guidelines that will propel your career. COPAS offers new CPE courses every month that will increase your competency, challenge you, and help increase your likelihood for advancement in your career!

Industry Updates

Always be in the know! COPAS members get access to high-quality publications with key industry guidance, plus updated economic factors such as the workers’ compensation actuarial assessment.

I’m concerned about career and financial security. I want to increase my value to my employer and clients.

Join & Participate in COPAS

Joining COPAS will help you become the go-to resource in your firm for the latest information and best practices. Your employer will also gain corporate representation through your individual membership.

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Need to make the case to your employer to cover your COPAS membership? Send them to this page.

Get APA® Certified

The petroleum industry operates under unique guidelines and principles that go beyond basic accounting. Earning the Accredited Petroleum Accountant® Certification proves you have proficient knowledge of these intricacies. Being APA® certified shows you mean business and makes you an even greater asset to your clients and employer.

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Just by showing up at meetings, you are going to learn new things and grow as an individual. You will become more valuable to your employer just by participating. Getting involved in various local and national leadership roles with COPAS helped prepare me for advancing roles with my corporate organization.

Tom Basche, Houston

I need a place to go for answers when I need help.

Knowledge Networking

Nobody knows everything in this profession…and even if they did, it would change anyway! We rely on each other for knowledge-sharing. Building your knowledge network ensures you’ll have someone to call, text or email when you need help with an issue. Joining your regional COPAS society is a great way to start building that network.

COPAS Resources

COPAS members get access to high-quality publications with key industry guidance, plus updated economic factors. Our blog and podcast are free resources you can access anytime.

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The Secret Sauce: Knowledge Networking

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The time spent at COPAS meetings is worth every minute away from the office. You can bring issues to the meetings and usually get some answers, and you’ll also meet people you can call with an issue when you get back to the office.

Tammy Miller-Davison, Colorado

I need a place to go for answers when I need help.

Knowledge Networking

Nobody knows everything in this profession…and even if they did, it would change anyway! We rely on each other for knowledge-sharing. Building your knowledge network ensures you’ll have someone to call, text or email when you need help with an issue. Joining your regional COPAS society is a great way to start building that network.

COPAS Resources

COPAS members get access to high-quality publications with key industry guidance, plus updated economic factors. Our blog and podcast are free resources you can access anytime.

More Knowledge. More Connections. More Opportunities!

COPAS members are passionate about the profession and always willing to build each other up. We’d love to have you join us. Connect with us today!