Registered Landman (RL)

AAPL’s Registered Landman (RL) designation is the basic-level form of certification offered by AAPL. By meeting the requirement below, a RL signifies a fundamental knowledge of the land industry as well as a landman’s commitment to furthering their education.

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

RL Application Requirements

  • Be an active member of AAPL
  • Be currently working as a landman
  • Be sponsored by a CPL or RPL who must submit an applicant verification form conjointly with your application
  • Submit the RL application in its entirety with the $75 application fee
  • Complete and submit the RL take-home exam.

RL Exam

The RL examination is an open-book exam that the applicant completes using the Review Guide included with the exam and any other available resources. The exam covers the very fundamentals of landwork, including real property law, contract law, conveyancing, the oil and gas lease and ethics. The exam is intended to be a part of the learning experience for a new landman. The exam is sent to the applicant upon receipt of the completed application and required fee. The completed exam must be returned to AAPL for grading within 45 days of application submission.

RL Fees

The RL application fee is $75. There is no RL recertification fee. All applicable certification, recertification and record maintenance fees will be established by the executive committee of AAPL by a majority vote of those present and may be changed as deemed appropriate by that same body.

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