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Professional Development

Testing

To evaluate the professional expertise of the candidate, a comprehensive examination dealing with several areas of landwork is utilized. Extensive landwork knowledge and experience is required to pass the CPL examination; however, it is not expected that a landman be an expert in every area. The RPL examination is similar to the CPL examination but less comprehensive. The RL exam consists of a take home study guide and exam.

Exam Preparation

The Oil & Gas CPL/RPL Study Guide and Oil & Gas Land Review Video may be purchased at any time.

Purchase the Oil & Gas CPL/RPL Study Guide Purchase the Oil & Gas Land Review Video

Examination

Upon application approval, RPLs and CPLs have one year to take the intiial exam.

Effective Oct. 8, 2021, all initial RPL and CPL exams are scheduled through Scantron Testing Centers.

Register for the AAPL RPL/CPL Certification Exam upon application approval and after you have received a Notice To Test (NTS) from Scantron.

Candidate Handbook

Scantron has more than 100 testing centers around the United States, providing candidates with more flexibility when scheduling their AAPL certification exams. Scantron will email approved candidates a Notice To Schedule (NTS), which will include a unique Username/Password and scheduling instructions. Please make sure to save the Scantron email, as AAPL is unable to access your Scantron Username/Password. We recommend checking your email settings to ensure the Scantron email (candidatesupport@scantron.com) is not in your junk or spam folder. 

Once a candidate is registered to test, the exam date and time are reserved, and instructions will be sent to you regarding arrival time, what to bring and other important information. Also included is information regarding an online tutorial for candidates to familiarize themselves with Scantron’s online test delivery system before the scheduled test date. Exam fees ($55-$170) — as well as rescheduling/cancellation fees — are collected by Scantron and are nonrefundable. 

Examination Testing Appointment Length Fee  
Registered Professional Landman (RPL) initial exam includes Real Property Law, Descriptions, and Contracts, Conveyancing, Interest Calculations, and Oil and Gas Lease, and Ethics

Two (2) hours

$65

RPL retake Real Property Law, Descriptions, and Contracts

45 minutes

$55

RPL retake Conveyancing, Interest Calculations, and Oil and Gas Lease 45 minutes

$55

RPL retake Ethics 30 minutes

$55

Certified Professional Landman (CPL) initial exam bundle 1 includes Joint Operating Agreement, Areas of Mutual Interest, Well Trades, Pooling and Taxes, and Negotiations and Contracts, Real Property Law, Property Descriptions, Conveyancing, Interest Calculations, and GIS/Mapping. Completion of both CPL bundles is required. Four (4) hours

$85*

Certified Professional Landman (CPL) initial exam bundle 2 includes Federal: Onshore, Offshore, Mining, and Environmental, Oil and Gas Lease, and Ethics. Completion of both CPL bundles is required. Four (4) hours

$85*

CPL retake Joint Operating Agreement, Areas of Mutual Interest, Well Trades, Pooling and Taxes, and Negotiations Two (2) hours

$65

CPL retake Contracts, Real Property Law, Property Descriptions, Conveyancing, Interest Calculations, and GIS/Mapping Two (2) hours

$65

CPL retake Federal: Onshore, Offshore, Mining, and Environmental 90 minutes

$65

CPL retake Oil and Gas Lease 90 minutes

$65

CPL retake Ethics One (1) hour

$55

*Completion of both CPL bundles is required.

Registration is not required for the RL exam. Applicants will receive the exam on approval of the RL application by the Certification Committee. 

The Registered Professional Landman exam is a two-hour exam. A pass/fail message will appear immediately following each part of the exam. Official results will be emailed from AAPL to candidates within three weeks. 
 
The Certified Professional Landman exam is two, four-hour bundles. Candidates will register for each bundle separately. A pass/fail message will appear immediately following each part of the exam. Official results will be emailed from AAPL to candidates within three weeks. 

Register for a CPL or RPL Review

Schedule an Exam (must have NTS from Scantron)

Required Passing Score

Successful completion of the exam requires a minimum grade of 70 on each section.

Retesting

An applicant may retest up to two times on all or any part(s) of the exam within the following time period from the date of the initial exam:

  • RPL – within 1 year
  • CPL – within 2 years

Failure to pass all exam parts within the applicable time period, will result in the applicant being required to begin a new application process.

Schedule a Retest (must have NTS from Scantron)

Questions?

Contact us by phone at 817-847-7700 or email certification@landman.org.