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Advanced Petroleum Forensics Geochemistry

Approved for 7 NJ LSRP Technical CECs

Course Code: EL0402CA17

Advanced Petroleum Forensics

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Date & Time

Last Held: October 25, 2016
8:30am - 4:45pm (Check in time: 8:00am)

Next offering TBD.


This course will appeal to LSRPs and other environmental professionals who regularly deal with oil impacted sites and wish to learn more about the latest in advanced forensics techniques for petroleum releases of gasoline and distillates. Since a majority of our sites are petroleum and many are old and comingled, this course is particularly relevant to practicing LSRPs.

In-class examples and exercises related to on-site assessment and remediation issues/concerns that may be encountered by practicing LSRPs will be included. Command of environmental chemistry, which includes an understanding of gas chromatography and combined gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, is strongly recommended.

Featured Topics

  • Advanced Petroleum Forensic Geochemistry
  • Petroleum Products and Formulation
  • Leaded Gasoline: The Evolution of Leaded Gasoline Age Dating in Forensic Geochemistry
  • Gas Mixing: Evaluating Mixing Effects of Multiple Gasoline Sources
  • Additives in Gasoline: Age Dating, Current and Future with Oxygenate-treated Gasolines
  • Gasoline Weathering Caclns: Quantitative Petroleum Product Weathering Indices in Gasoline
  • Processing Data Files: Processing GC/FID Hydrocarbon Fingerprinting Data Files
  • Using Chromatograms: Hydrocarbon Fingerprinting - using Gas Chromatograms
  • Distillate Aging: The Evolution of Petroleum Age Dating in the Technical Literature
  • Weathering Site Evaluation: Mixed Subsurface Plumes and Use of Quantitative Petroleum Weathering Indices

Michael J. Wade, Ph.D., Wade Research, Inc.

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Continuing Education Credits

The October 25, 2016 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 0.7 Rutgers CEUs, this environmental training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Health Officers & Registered Environmental Health Specialists: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 6.25 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

NJ LSRP CECs: 7.0 Technical

NJ Continuing Legal Education: 7.2 CLEs

NJ Professional Engineers: 7.0 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits

PA/NY Continuing Legal Education: 7.0 CLEs

NY Licensed Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors: 7.5 PDHs

MA Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals: 8.0 Technical (non-DEP) Credits – Course No. 1221

CT Licensed Environmental Professionals (LEPs): 7.5 CECs - Course No. CTLEP-375

NJ Licensed Water & Wastewater Operators (ALL Licenses): 7 TCHs (Approval #01-061502-30)

This course is eligible toward PDHs for Pennsylvania Professional Geologists.

Registration Fee



Multi-Person Registration Fee



LSRPA Member Registration Fee



Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Cook Student Center
59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map

Parking permit required for this location (will be provided to registrants).

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Advanced Petroleum Forensics Geochemistry" or Course Code EL0402) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Pamela Springard-Mayer, 848-932-7463

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.