AAPL’s Registered Professional Landman (RPL) is the mid-level certification offered by AAPL. By meeting the requirements set forth below, an RPL distinguishes himself or herself as a competent, proficient and professional landman.
For a more detailed description of the requirements for RPL certification, please download the RPL Application, reference the RPL Flow Chart, or visit the Certification Program Specifications ("CPS") which provides the current specifications for the Certification, including eligibility, process and timing rules and regulations. The CPS can also be found in your printed membership directory.
Already an RPL? Learn how to maintain your certification or check your continuing education credits.
RPL Application Requirements
- Be an active member of AAPL for at least one year. Student and associate members, division order and lease analysts are not eligible to apply for certification
- If applying without a college degree you must be primarily engaged, on a full-time basis, for at least the immediate past four (4) years in the performance of “Qualifying Landwork”
- If applying with a college degree you must be primarily engaged, on a full-time basis, for at least the immediate past two (2) years in the performance of “Qualifying Landwork”
- “Qualifying Landwork” is defined as Letters A, B and/or C under the definition of Landwork in the AAPL Bylaws. For each year during which you primarily performed, on a full-time basis, Qualifying Landwork, you will be awarded 1 “Credit Year”
- “Other Landwork” is described as Letters D, E and/or F under the definition of Landwork in the AAPL Bylaws. For each year during which you primarily performed, on a full-time basis, Other Landwork, you will be awarded 1/2 “Credit Year”, up to a maximum 1.5 “Credit Years”, if applying with a 4 year college degree and a maximum 1 “Credit Year” if applying without a 4 year college degree
- Have at least five credit years of full-time Landwork experience as a land professional. Although a four-year college degree is not required for the RPL, a bachelor’s, graduate and/or law degree(s) will count toward your total credit years per the following criteria (maximum of three education credits allowed):
- 1.5 “Credit Years” will be awarded if you have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college; (Click here for more information)
- 1.5 additional “Credit Years” will be awarded If the bachelor’s degree accredited above is with a concentration or major in Petroleum Land, Energy or Natural Resource Management from an AAPL accredited university or college; (Click here for more information)
- 0.5 additional “Credit Year” will be awarded if you have earned a law degree from an ABA-approved law school;
- 0.5 additional “Credit Year” will be awarded for an advanced degree earned from a regionally accredited university or college.
- Be sponsored by no fewer than two qualified CPLs or a minimum of one qualified CPL and one qualified RPL who must submit a Sponsor Verification Form conjointly with your application. When combined, your sponsors must cover ALL the required total credit years' experience. Each Sponsor must have personally known the applicant for longer than six (6) months prior to sponsoring
- Complete and submit the RPL application in its entirety with the $75 non-refundable application fee
- You must submit your application within 60 days of taking the exam for the exam to qualify; however, this does not apply to the CPL or RPL Sponsor Verification Forms
- The entire application process must be completed within one hundred-twenty (120) days from the date that the application is received by AAPL
- Pass the RPL exam with a minimum score of 70 on each part
While still a comprehensive exam, the RPL exam is less extensive than the CPL exam. Extensive landwork knowledge and experience will be required to pass the examination; however, it is not expected that a landman be an expert in every area. Successful completion of the exam requires that a grade of at least 70 be made on each part of the examination. The AAPL certification committee approves the content of the examination.
Exam scores will not be revealed until the candidate's application has been approved by the certification committee. An applicant who fails one or more portions of the RPL examination will have the opportunity to retake those portions within one year from the date of the exam or the date the application is received, whichever occurs first. A candidate may not retake any portion of the exam more than twice. Failure to pass any part within those two retakes will require the candidate to reapply for approval, pay the required fees and retake the entire RPL examination.
Partial retake exams shall be coordinated through AAPL staff and may be proctored either at AAPL headquarters in Fort Worth, at an AAPL educational event, or via any CPL who is in good standing with AAPL. Please contact the Certification Department at (817) 847-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RPL application fee is $75. 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.
RPL Educational Requirements
An RPL shall have an educational requirement of twenty-five (25) recertification credits, two of which must be ethics, which shall be approved by AAPL for such educational credit. For more information on maintaining your certification, please click here.
For more information, please see the Certification FAQs section.