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AAPL offers many ways to get involved. Learn how you can be part of leading and shaping the future of the association.

Board of Directors

The AAPL Board of Directors is composed of elected officers, the immediate past president and one director who represents each affiliated local association. Canada is allowed two directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for general management of the affairs of AAPL within the scope of the Bylaws.

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Officer election, duties and responsibilities are included in AAPL’s Bylaws and Policies. Officers are elected annually by Active members of the association. Officers serve a one-year term and take office on July 1 of the year elected. The Nominating Committee solicits nominations for officer positions from December 1 through January 10. The first vice president in the current year is nominated for the presidency the following year.  

  • First Vice President
  • Second Vice President
  • Third Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

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AAPL committee members serve the president and are required to be Active Members. Committee members are appointed for three-year staggered terms.  Members may apply for appointment annually between January and March for the following fiscal year which begins on July 1. 

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Accreditation Committee

Mission: The mission of the Accreditation Committee is to evaluate existing degree programs, both undergraduate and graduate, offered by universities associated with landwork or complementary to land professionals who request and work through the current AAPL accreditation process. The AC is to provide a recommendation to the AAPL Executive Committee for final determination. The AC does not hold any authority for implementing or determining a programs status; the Executive Committee maintains full authority for accrediting programs. 

Activities: Members participate in monthly conference calls and the initial evaluation and ongoing evaluation of potential and existing programs. Members may be required to travel to new or existing programs in order to complete onsite evaluations on behalf of AAPL. The AC participates in at least one meeting held at AAPL headquarters in Fort Worth in the month of January with representatives of all accredited programs.

Advisory Landman Connection Committee

Mission: The mission of the Advisory Landman Connection Committee is to facilitate a program that will ensure learning and development within the land profession by using technology to link experienced land professionals with members who are new to the profession, want to enhance their skills in areas of new focus, or just need preliminary direction in starting a new project. This program will enable members to seek voluntary non-legal advice, learn from each other on the topics of their choice and utilize technology to maximize mentor relationships. The only cost is an individual’s time, commitment and desire for the educational enhancement of the membership.

Activities: The committee will review and link advisors with participants of the program. Committee members will monitor and ensure the advisor-participant relationship and corresponding activities are progressing in a productive way and assist as needed. Attendance in regular, monthly meetings is needed to ensure all are aligned and the program is functioning as intended.

Annual Meeting Committee

Mission: The Annual Meeting Committee provides strategic direction and input to the development of the meeting program and activities to ensure that members have the opportunity to further their education and participate in social and business networking opportunities at this annual event. 

Activities: Members should plan to attend the Annual Meeting in order to support the activities and programs. Members meet about six to seven times annually by teleconference. Each committee members commits to soliciting and encouraging financial sponsors for the event. The education portion of the program is determined by the Education Committee.

Awards Committee

Mission: The Awards Committee reviews the nominations received for the AAPL annual award that recognizes local associations and members in various award categories.

Activites: The chairman solicits award recommendations from AAPL officers, directors, other committee chairmen, local association presidents and members. The committee reviews the nominations against the award criteria and selects the recipients at its February committee meeting usually held annually in conjunction with NAPE Summit in Houston. The chairman reports its determinations to the Executive Committee at the March Board of Directors meeting. The chairman recognizes and presents the awards to recipients at Annual Meeting each year. 

Certification Committee

Mission: The Certification Committee’s mission is to promote the recognition and certification of the professional status of landmen.

Activities: The committee generally meets monthly by telephone conference. A committee member must be a Certified Professional Landman and be able to download/access AAPL’s Personify Membership System to review and approve certification applications. Committee members may review in excess of up to 50 applications monthly. The committee may also choose to develop new examinations, which requires additional time commitments over and above certification application review. Members may be required to attend hearings for certification appeals with the AAPL Executive Committee. 

Education Committee

Mission: The committee will strive to improve the professional development and competence of land professionals. It will further the body of knowledge of energy and mineral land management through research and publication. 


  • The committee activities include the following:
  • Provide three regional institutes per year
  • Monitor the quality and subject matter of each program
  • Coordinate and plan for the Annual Meeting education program
  • Ensuring incorporation of ethics in each program
  • Distribution of education program at least quarterly
  • Annually revise the critical skills list to assist in program development and ensure consistency in content
  • Establish and maintain quarterly communication with local associations
  • Hold joint meeting annually with the Certification Committee to discuss mutual objectives and new educational programming
Ethics Committee

Mission: The Ethics Committee is responsible for upholding the ethical standards of AAPL by making recommendations to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for appropriate action. The committee is responsible adjudicating alleged member ethical breaches and may recommend or take discipline action depending on the nature of the breach. 

Activities: The committee will review all ethics violation allegations. It may conduct hearings and determine appropriate disciplinary action or recommendation to be presented to the Executive Committee. The committee may meet month by teleconference. Members are encouraged to attend all hearings in person, which may be held one to two times annually in Fort Worth at AAPL’s office.

Field Landman Committee

Mission: The Field Landman Committee’s mission is to promote and encourage professionalism, uncompromising ethical conduct, certification, and continuing education for field landmen.


  • Participate in up to one teleconference monthly.
  • Plan, organize and assist with at least one Field Landman educational event.
  • Assist with establishing budgets, dates, locations and subject matter for Field Landman Seminars. 
Forms Committee

Mission: This committee shall promote uniformity and good and ethical business practices by developing and encouraging the use of AAPL approved forms. 

Activities: As requested by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee, review current forms to ascertain their current validity and make recommendations and revisions as deemed necessary; Committee meetings may occur monthly by telephone conference; Committee members may draft new forms and/ or review new draft form agreements; Have a working knowledge and encourage the use of Contract Center, the AAPL’s preferred platform for distributing its approved forms

Legislative and Regulatory Committee

Mission: The mission of the Legislative and Regulatory Committee is to ensure AAPL's awareness and involvement in the promulgation, direction, implementation and administration of national, state and local legislative and regulatory issues impacting the land profession while maintaining the integrity of AAPL's mission and advancing the stature of the land professional.

Marketing Committee


  • Promote membership to non-member landmen, students and those associated with and supporting landmen’s work.
  • Promote retention of members.
  • Promote the benefits of certification and advanced educational opportunities.
  • Promote special projects created or approved by the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors
  • Promote the association to the general public, the public’s awareness of AAPL’s values and the domestic energy industry.


  • Coordinate with the Industry and Public Relations Committee on marketing efforts created or approved by the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors related to specific public policy issues.
  • Assist in formulating and recommending to the Executive Committee marketing campaigns to accomplish the committee’s mission and objectives.
  • Provide oversight to the execution of AAPL marketing campaigns
  • Monitor other industry organizations marketing campaigns to which AAPL provides financial support.
  • Report quarterly the status and results of marketing campaigns and plans to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
Membership Committee

Mission: The mission of the Membership Committee is to recruit new members and retain existing members through specialized membership drives and other programs to build up AAPL’s membership base.


  • Develop, conduct, analyze and present the AAPL Compensation Survey when requested by the Board of Directors.
  • Conduct campaigns for additional new members.
  • Maintain an up-to-date membership status.
  • Establish lines of communication with local association membership and committee chairmen. Coordinate with the Board of Directors and local association membership chairmen to encourage promotion of membership and membership renewals.
  • Inform the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the membership status. 
  • Ensure that regional directors are cognizant of current membership requirements and standards.
  • Maintain current of land professional demographics and needs.
  • Review annually, and make changes if required, the membership questionnaire to identify land profession issues and desired benefits of association membership.
  • Conduct survey of non-renewing members to determine the reasons for non-renewal.
  • In coordination with the Marketing Committee, disseminate membership promotional materials to non-members which focus on ethics enforcement, publications, educational programs/materials and programs/activities to enhance professionalism and industry networking.
  • Continue to encourage local association members to become AAPL members and get involved in AAPL.
  • Promote AAPL to all college students in AAPL accredited programs at universities to promote student memberships.
NAPE Operators Committee

Mission: Provide for successful NAPE Expo and NAPE Charities events. Provide input, recommendations, and guidance to NAPE and AAPL staff and NAPE Management LLC on strategic issues involving NAPE Expo events and NAPE Charities fundraising activities and events.


  • Approve annual budget for NAPE Expo and recommend NAPE Chairities annual budget to the NAPE Charities Board of Directors.
  • Recommend the NAPE Charities Luncheon speaker to the NAPE Charities Board. Secure the Charity luncheon speaker and the sponsorship donations.
  • Coordinate the NAPE Ambassador Program 
  • Ensure delivery of NAPE events and Charity Luncheon within approved budgets.
  • As requested and required, provide information on NAPE Expo and NAPE Charities activities and financial results to NAPE Management LLC. 
Nominating Subcommittee

Mission: The committee is responsible for recommending a slate of officers for the next annual officer election to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. 


  • The chairman of the committee appoints the members of the committee for a term of one year. 
  • The chairman should appoint one person from each region but, in no event should less than six regions be represented.
  • The names of the Nominating Subommittee members are to be kept confidential.
  • The committee recommends the candidates in writing to the Board, at the March Board meeting.
  • The committee is responsible for obtaining a photograph and biographical information on each nominee for announcement/publication prior to the balloting process.
Public Lands Committee

Mission: The committee’s mission is to provide input, recommendations and guidance to AAPL positions regarding public lands’ issues


  • Research public lands issues and recommend pro-active positions.
  • Represent AAPL's positions to the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the American Petroleum Institute and the Midcontinent Oil and Gas Association.
  • Develop ongoing relationships with state and federal agencies. (i.e., National Public Land Advisory Council, National Parks System Advisory Board, Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service). 
  • Publicize AAPL positions to the membership.
Publications Committee

Mission: The mission of the Publications Committee is to aid in the retrieval of relevant content for AAPL publications, and in particular, the Landman magazine.


  • Seek and submit potential articles for publication.
  • Review articles and provide feedback regarding content.
Tax Issues Committee

Mission: The mission of the Tax Issues Committee is to advise the Board of Directors on all tax and labor regulations and laws that may positively or negatively impact members and the land profession in general. The mission also includes pursuing and maintaining reference materials and educational resources to advance the cause of landmen and provide support to AAPL members who may be under review by government tax and labor audits.

Technology Committee

Mission: The mission of the committee is to provide oversight on matters involving information technology. The committee is responsible for recommending the strategic direction for the application and use of information technology for the association. The committee serves as the information technology resource for the association.


  • Promote the use of technology, recommend information technology policies, procedures and standards, review and recommend information technology priorities for the Association
  • Provide oversight to and monitor technology implementation projects.