AAPL RPL/CPL Certification Exam Review - AAPL Office - 800 Fournier St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
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COURSE LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE
The Certification Exam Review is a fast-paced, intensive study of the topics covered by the CPL and RPL certification exams. Lectures will be interactive and enhanced with problem-solving sessions. It is highly acclaimed as a thorough land review and an excellent means of preparation for the CPL and RPL exams.
After selecting [REGISTER $], use the drop down arrow to choose the preferred registration, RPL Review or CPL Review. The default is for the CPL review option.
RPL/CPL Day 1:
- Real Property Law
- Land Descriptions
- Contract Law
- Conveyancing and Interest Calculations
- Oil and Gas Lease
CPL Day 2:
- Joint Operating Agreement
- Well Trades
CPL Day 3:
- Federal Leases and Units
- Mineral Landwork
- Federal Taxes on Oil and Gas Income
Jerris Johnson, CPL
Senior Project Manager
NextEra Mobility, LLC
Jerris Johnson is a CPL whose background includes over two decades of energy industry experience. He has worked all areas of the United States in oil and gas and renewables, in-house and as a consultant. He is continuously engaged in land acquisition and management through technology and innovation.
Jerris has served in various capacities for the AAPL, The Salvation Army, the United Way, and his church.
J Dub Enterprises
Mr. Wright graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with degrees in Spanish and Political Science. After a tour with the United States Army, he began his career as an independent landman in 2004. He has served in many capacities since then, including land manager and executive level leadership for multiple oil and gas operators.
He holds an MBA with a focus in Land Management and received both his Certified Professional Landman (CPL) and Certified Mineral Manager (CMM) designations in 2011. Mr. Wright has volunteered in various leadership roles within the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO), the Permian Basin Landmen's Association (PBLA), and the Austin Professional Landmen's Association (APLA).
Mr. Wright was recently honored to have been named as the 2023 Landman of the Year by the AAPL.
A west Texas native, Mr. Wright and his wife, Laura, have two precious teen daughters, Anna and Megan. They enjoy traveling and playing board games as a family.
Thomas M. Rucker II, CPL
Senior Staff Landman
Noble Royalties, Inc.
Tom Rucker has over thirty-five years diversified oil and gas experience and has worked most of the major U. S. basins in all phases of land work. He graduated from The University of Texas with a Petroleum Land Management degree in 1981 and has worked for large and small E & P’s as well as in trust management positions at The Northern Trust Company, managing the mineral holdings for affluent clients.
He interned at Palo Petroleum while attending UT and then worked the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma with Mack Oil Company. In 1981 he joined Shell Oil Company in Houston and assigned to Rocky Mountain Division. At Shell Tom worked extensively on field assignments in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and North Dakota, conducting title and securing leases, dealing with the BLM and Bureau of Indian Affairs before returning in-house to work federal units in Nevada. In 1985 Shell transferred Tom to its West Coast operations in Bakersfield where he handled land issues in Shell’s heavy oil operations in Kern County, California.
When oil prices tanked in the mid to late 80’s Tom left Shell to pursue an MBA also working for lease brokers and managing mineral interests for California trustees. He passed the CPL exam in 1990 having joined Trust Services of America in Los Angeles in 1988. There, he managed a fledgling department turning it into a profit center. His career took him to Dallas when Northern Trust acquired TSA in 1992. At Northern, Tom was promoted to Vice President and responsible for managing the energy assets, negotiating leases, monetizing the assets and conducting client presentations.
After 17 years in energy trust management Tom joined Encana in 2005 as a Land Negotiator in its East Texas Cotton Valley Bossier and Lime fields. There, he managed a five-rig drill schedule, negotiated multiple-well carry farmouts and acquired large blocks of leases to promote Encana’s drilling program. In 2010 he left Encana to join Pioneer’s Barnett Team and managed the title and drill schedule for Pioneer’s horizontal drilling program and also its surface operations.
A member of AAPL since 1980 Tom served as AAPL’s Ethics Chairman in 2014-2015. In March 2015 after the sale of its Barnett operations, Tom accepted a package with Pioneer and launched Buell Rucker Land Services, offering consulting services. Tom lives in Dallas with his wife, Debbie. They have three children, six grandchildren, and a German Shepard.