Certified Professional Landman (CPL)

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AAPL’s Certified Professional Landman (CPL) certification is the highest designation offered in the energy management industry. By meeting the requirements set forth below, a CPL demonstrates their comprehensive competency, proficiency and professionalism in the landman field. 

Download the CPL application or see your printed membership directory for a more detailed description of the requirements of CPL certification. 

Already a CPL? Learn how to maintain your certification or check your continuing education credits.


CPL Application Requirements

  • Be an active member of AAPL for at least one year;
  • Have been working as a landman for the past two years;
  • Possess a four-year college degree or higher;
  • Have at least seven credit years of land experience or a minimum of five years with additional education credits. The following education options are equal to one credit (a maximum of five education credits is allowed):
      • A bachelor’s degree in natural resources or venture management from an AAPL-accredited university (The University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech University, The University of Calgary, The University of Tulsa, Western State College of Colorado and The University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
      • A degree from an approved law school
      • An advanced degree in business or certain other selected AAPL-approved degree programs
  • Be sponsored by three CPLs who must submit an applicant verification form conjointly with your application;
  • Complete and submit the CPL application in its entirety with the $75 application fee;
  • Attend the Oil and Gas Land Review seminar; and
  • Pass the comprehensive exam with a minimum score of 70 on each part.

CPL Exam

The CPL exam is a comprehensive examination dealing with the various areas of landwork. Extensive landwork knowledge and experience is required to pass the examination. However, it is not expected that a landman be an expert in every area; AAPL recognizes that specialization is sometimes the case in landwork. Successful completion of the exam requires that a minimum grade of 70 be made on all five parts. The AAPL certification committee approves the content of the examination.

Exam scores will not be revealed until the candidate's application has been approved. An applicant who fails one or more portions of the CPL examination has the opportunity to retake those portions within two years from the date of the exam. A candidate may only retake any portion of the exam twice. Failure to pass any part during the two retakes will require the candidate to reapply for approval, pay the required fees and retake the entire CPL examination.

Retakes may be scheduled at AAPL Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, through your local certification chairman or at any AAPL exam site by contacting Kelly Davis at (817) 847-7700 or kdavis@landman.org.

CPL Fees

The CPL application fee is $75, with a $100 recertification fee due every five years. All applicable certification, recertification and record maintenance fees are established by the AAPL executive committee by a majority vote of those present and may be changed as deemed appropriate at any time.

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