AAPL’s mission is to promote the highest standards of performance
for all land professionals, to advance their stature, and to encourage
sound & ethical stewardship of energy and mineral resources.
The American Association of Professional Landmen is a voluntary professional organization that unites more than 20,000 landmen and land-related persons through professional development and service.
AAPL is made up of men and women with varied educational backgrounds. The majority have business degrees, and many have expanded their scope with law degrees. In the past 30 years, numerous landmen have come from the petroleum land and energy management degree programs offered by several universities. AAPL members work for major oil companies, large and small independent companies and as self-employed independent landmen.
Under the direction of its volunteer leadership and a professional staff, AAPL provides its members professional development opportunities through seminars, workshops, home study programs, conferences, annual meetings, the bimonthly Landman and Landman 2 magazines, the membership Directory (both in printed and online formats), workbooks, institutes, industry forms and contracts as well as the Registered Landman (RL), Registered Professional Landman (RPL), Certified Professional Landman (CPL) programs, the AAPL website (www.landman.org) and the industry-renowned NAPE® Expos.
AAPL provides background information on energy issues to U.S. Senate, House and special governmental committee hearings; to state/province and federal agencies and legislative aides; to the media; and to community and special interest groups. AAPL is a governing member of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, the LSU Mineral Law Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and has representation on many other industry organization boards.
AAPL provides service to the land profession and the industry with the enforcement of the AAPL Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. AAPL also provides speakers on energy, mineral and environmental issues and career development programs.
AAPL works closely with universities which have approved land management degree programs. AAPL provides scholarships, curriculum direction, industry speakers and advisors, employment opportunity contacts and industry field trips.
The American Association of Professional Landmen is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has 44 affiliated local associations throughout the United States and Canada.