AAPL RPL/CPL Certification Exam Review - Pittsburgh, PA

Includes a Live In-Person Event on 05/10/2023 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

  • Register
    • Early bird pricing available!
    • Non-member - $480
    • Member - $400
    • Student - Free!
    • Regular Price after 04/25/2023 11:59 PM
    • Non-member - $600
    • Member - $500
    • Student - Free!

Registration Includes: CPL/ RPL Study Guide, provided on Day 1 at check-in (previous purchases are non-refundable)

COURSE OVERVIEW: 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. This class covers the following topics:

After you select [REGISTER $], use the drop down arrow to choose your 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
  • Ethics 

CPL Day 2:   

  • Pooling
  • Joint Operating Agreement
  • Negotiations
  • Well Trades

CPL Day 3:  

  • Federal Leases and Units
  • Environmental  
  • Offshore
  • Mineral Landwork
  • Federal Taxes on Oil and Gas Income

Curtis D. Horne, CPL

Curtis D. Horne, CPL, is Vice President, Business Development – Energy, for Percheron LLC, a nationwide land services firm, and is based in Houston, Texas. Curt began his career as an independent landman in 1981 and has experience in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Montana. A member of the American Association of Professional Landmen since 1997, Curt earned his Certified Professional Landman designation in 1999. He is Chairman of the 2013 AAPL Annual Meeting Committee, is a member of the Publications Committee, and is Past Chairman of the Ethics, Certification, and Field Landman Committees. He served on the AAPL Executive Committee as Treasurer for 2007-2008. Curt was named the recipient of the 2008 AAPL Education Award, the 2007 AAPL Best Member Communication Award, and the 2002 AAPL Field/Independent Landman Award. On the local level, Curt is a member of the North Houston Association of Professional Landmen, where he serves as President for 2012-2013, and the Houston Association of Professional Landmen, where he served as Treasurer for 2007-2008.

Curt is an instructor for the AAPL Certified Professional Landman Exam Review and the AAPL Introduction to Field Land Practices Seminar, presenting topics which include Real Property Law, Contract Law, Land Descriptions, The Oil & Gas Lease, Title Opinions and Curative, Conveyancing, Interest Calculations, Negotiations and Ethics. He has also spoken on a variety of topics for the Energy Land Institute, NGL Institute, Canadian APL, HAPL, NHAPL, ALTAPL, SAAPL, NADOA, HADOA, NALTA, ALTA, and at The Association of Desk and Derricks Clubs National Convention.

Mr. Horne lives in the Houston suburb of Pearland with his wife Jamie and their daughter, age 15, and son, age 14. They are active parishioners at St. Helen Catholic Church, where Curt was the Chairman of the 2008 Parish Bazaar and Auction and is an usher and Eucharistic minister. Curt enjoys cycling and running, and has successfully completed the BP MS150, the Hotter’n Hell Hundred, and the Houston Marathon.

Owen M. Barnhill, CPL

President & Managing Trustee

Barnhill & Barnhill/Barnhill Family Trusts & Companies

Owen M. Barnhill is a Certified Professional Landman. Barnhill attended Colorado School of Mines 1970-71(Baseball Scholarship) and graduated from the University of Oklahoma (Academic Scholarship) [BBA/PLM- 1974] and was the University of Oklahoma’s Doug Conn Honor Graduate in 1974.   Barnhill co-founded, in 1983, Barnhill Management Inc. Co. and BARNHILL & BARNHILL  and has served as President and  Co-owner of both of these privately held petroleum land management and mineral/royalty holding firms as well as  Managing Trustee of  The  Barnhill  Family Trusts. Prior to 1983, Mr. Barnhill served as a landman for Getty Oil Company, as well as Land Manager for Leede Exploration, Hunt Energy, and Texas Oil & Gas Corp.

Mr. Barnhill is an active member of the American Association of Professional Landmen [AAPL] as well as the Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen [OCAPL]. Barnhill has served AAPL as the National Chairman of AAPL’s National Ethics Committee for the 1991-1992, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, and 2004-2005 terms. Barnhill is the current national assistant chairman of AAPL’s National Ethics Committee and effective June 2011 will begin serving his fifth term as National Chairman of AAPL’s National Ethics Committee. Barnhill has also served as a two-term  Director to AAPL and Chaired the 1996-‘97 Publications Committee as well as serving as Assistant Chairman of the National Fund Raising Committee in addition to being elected   National Secretary of AAPL 1995-96 and serving on the AAPL National Executive Committee.  Mr. Barnhill was named AAPL’s National Committee Member of the Year in 1991. Barnhill was named the  1997  Landman of the Year by The Oklahoma City Association of Professional  Landmen and served as 1998-1999 President in addition to receiving the OCAPL “ 2006 Wm Majors Distinguished Service Award” in addition to twice being awarded special recognition for dedication and service to the Oil Industry and patriotism to the United States of America. Mr. Barnhill has also been named a “ Who’s Who” Among American Executives and Professionals for 2007-2008. Mr. Barnhill is a visiting professor/lecturer of Energy Management at the University of Tulsa. Mr. Barnhill also serves as an Instructor for AAPL’s Certified Professional Landman Review/Course/Test and previously as an  AAPL Instructor for AAPL’s  Landman Basic Course and is a national lecturer for AAPL and  OCAPL as well as numerous other affiliated industry professional associations as to good trades, ethics, standards of practice, oil and gas industry trade agreements, etc.

Barnhill is a retired full Colonel, USAR, and FA. Colonel Barnhill was the Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Oklahoma in 1974 and served in the United States Army and Active Army   Reserve Forces. Colonel Barnhill is a graduate of the United States Military Air War College. Among Colonel Barnhill’s awards are the DOD Meritorious Service, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Exceptional Service Medal [Silver w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters].  Following retirement from the US Army Reserve Forces, via Presidential Appointment, Colonel Barnhill was named as The State Director of the Selective Service System in the State of Oklahoma. 

Barnhill and his wife Marcia reside in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma have a daughter, Mandi, and a son Joey.

Thomas M. Rucker II, CPL


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 with his family in Dallas, married to Debbie thirty years and has three children and a Lab.


AAPL RPL/CPL Certification Exam Review (RPL) - Pittsburgh, PA
05/10/2023 at 8:00 AM (EDT)   |  9 hours  |  Attendance Required
05/10/2023 at 8:00 AM (EDT)   |  9 hours  |  Attendance Required
Survey- RPL Review
5 Questions
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Certificate RPL Review
6.00 CEU credits  |  Certificate available
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AAPL RPL/CPL Certification Exam Review - Pittsburgh, PA
05/10/2023 at 8:00 AM (EDT)   |  2 days, 7 hours  |  Attendance Required
05/10/2023 at 8:00 AM (EDT)   |  2 days, 7 hours  |  Attendance Required
Survey - CPL Review
5 Questions
5 Questions Complete survey to view certificate.
Certificate CPL Review
18.00 CEU credits  |  Certificate available
18.00 CEU credits  |  Certificate available 18.0 CEU
Certification Exam Review - Ethics
1.00 CEUEthics credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEUEthics credit  |  Certificate available