Please review the following options to decide which type of membership is a fit for you. If you have questions about applying for membership or have questions about a current application, contact Lahoma Long in the membership department at 817-231-4559 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become an active member, one must be a land professional as defined by AAPL (definitions are listed at the bottom of this page) and must either have a four-year degree from an accredited college or university or have been continuously engaged as a land professional for four or more years. Active membership requires an active AAPL member to sign as a sponsor on the application and agreement to abide by AAPL’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Active members have access to full membership benefits as well as the right to vote in affairs of AAPL, pursue certification designations (RL, RPL and CPL), serve as a director and sponsor membership applicants. Annual active membership dues are $100.
Associate membership is available to those who are associated with landwork or supervise landwork relating to the mineral and/or energy industries. Associate membership is also available to land professionals that do not yet qualify for active membership status. Associate members include but are not limited to oil and gas attorneys, geologists, geophysicists and engineers.
Associate members must agree to abide by AAPL’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Associate members have access to full membership benefits but are not eligible to vote in AAPL affairs, pursue certification designations, serve as a director of AAPL or sign as a sponsor for membership applicants. Annual associate membership dues are $100.
Associate to Active Request Form
Student membership is available to individuals enrolled in any degree program at an accredited university or college. Student members must agree to abide by AAPL’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Student members have access to full membership benefits but are not eligible to vote in AAPL affairs, pursue certification designations or sign as a sponsor for membership applicants. Annual student membership dues are $20, unless the student is enrolled in a degree program specifically designed for educating land professionals. Such student members have their dues funded by AAPL’s Education Foundation.
Student Application - Non PLM Program
Upon application submission and approval by the Board of Directors, senior membership may be granted to any active member who is at least 65 years of age, has at least 15 years active experience in landwork and has been an active member for the 15 consecutive years immediately preceding the submission of the application for senior membership status. Senior members pay a reduced amount of dues and enjoy all the privileges of an active member.
Life membership is granted to an active or associate member who chooses to make a one-time dues payment of $2,500. Thereafter, life members are exempt from annual dues.
Golden Lease Membership
Golden lease membership is a lifelong membership granted to individuals who have served as president of AAPL. Golden lease members are exempt from paying annual dues and have all privileges of an active member.
AAPL Land Professional Definitions
"Landwork" shall mean the actual performance or supervision of any one or more of the following functions:
- Negotiating for the acquisition or divestiture of mineral rights.
- Negotiating business agreements that provide for the exploration for and/or development of minerals.
- Determining ownership in minerals through the research of public and private records.
- Reviewing the status of title, curing title defects and otherwise reducing title risk associated with ownership in minerals.
- Managing rights and/or obligations derived from ownership of interests in minerals.
- Unitizing or pooling of interests in minerals.
“Land professional" shall mean a person who derives a significant portion of his income as a result of performing landwork.
“Landman" shall mean a land professional who has been primarily engaged in negotiating for the acquisition or divestiture of mineral rights and/or negotiating business agreements that provide for the exploration for and/or the development of minerals.