Professional Engineering Examination Overview for Petroleum Engineering


This two-day course provides essential reviews and practice exam on selected topics for a Professional Engineer (PE) title in the Petroleum Engineering specialty. This course is review course intended for professionals working in oil and gas industries and state and federal government agencies.


  • Day 1 Information about Professional Engineering license in Petroleum Engineering, and tips of preparing and taking the examination. Drilling and Completion for the Professional Engineering Principles and Practice Exam for Petroleum Engineering.
  • Day 2: Production and Reservoir for the Professional Engineering Principles and 

Learning Level


Course Length

2 days

Who Should Attend

Engineers in the oil and gas industry and government agencies who are curious about the benefits and responsibility of a PE license, and are considering taking the examination to obtain a PE License in Petroleum Engineering in the future.


1.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded for this 2-day course.

Special Requirements

Knowledge of basic petroleum engineering terms and technology.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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SPE reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule courses at will.  Notification of changes will be made as quickly as possible; please keep this in mind when arranging travel, as SPE is not responsible for any fees charged for cancelling or changing travel arrangements.

We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

Full Regional cancellation policies can be found at the “Cancellation Policy” link on the SPE Training Course Catalog page:


Gary Bing Wines, PE helped to set up and co-instructed the first Professional Registration Review Course for Petroleum Engineers in 1979 for SPE and continued to co-instruct the Course for SPE for 10 years. Since 1989, he has continued to instruct similar P.E. Review Courses throughout the U.S.

He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1962 with a B.S. Degree in Petroleum Engineering. He worked for Cities Service Oil Company in Odessa, Texas, and Great Bend, Kansas.

In 1969, he took the Petroleum Engineering PE Exam in Kansas. He was one of the first two Petroleum Engineers to take and pass the PE Exam in the United States. He moved to Oklahoma City and worked for Tenneco and Lear Petroleum before getting into the Consulting business in 1976 as Winrock Engineering, Inc.

He was a member of the SPE Engineering Registration Committee from 1973 to 1988 (16 years) and was chairman for two terms in 1975 and 1976. In 1974 he prepared, what would become to be known as, the first “practical” Petroleum Engineering PE Exam. That style Petroleum Engineering PE Exam has been the standard ever since. He prepared and scored Petroleum Professional Exams for SPE and NCEES in the mid 1970's and helped to prepare and score exams through 1986.

He was the primary author of the first edition of the SPE book, "A Guide to Professional Registration for Petroleum Engineers" in 1979 and helped re-edit it through its fifth edition in 1985. He has authored several papers on Professional Registration. He is currently a licensed Professional Engineer in Oklahoma. He became a SPE Distinguished Member in 1987, received a SPE Regional Service Award in 1989 and became a fifty-year SPE member in 2015.