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Professional Land Management|School of Energy Resources

The University of Wyoming does not offer an online certificate program in land management. Please click here to learn about an accredited online certificate program.

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Professional Land Management (Landman)Professional Land Management Concentration

The Professional Land Management (PLM) concentration is accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL).  The University of Wyoming program prepares nationally accredited professional landmen for long-term competitive success in the energy industry.  The landman has an important role in maintaining sound stewardship of energy resources.

Degree Requirements and 4 Year Academic Plan

A 4 year academic plan along with the degree requirements can be downloaded here.

What is a landman?

  • Determine ownership and title of surface and subsurface rights.
  • Negotiate leases with landowner(s) and develop and administer mutually beneficial contracts and royalties with the assistance of corporate counsel to allow exploration and production.
  • Coordinate field exploration activities connecting the lease owner(s) and the exploration/production company.
  • Ensure compliance with governmental regulations, collaborates with stakeholders including engineers, geologists, accountants, and attorneys.

Skill sets for a successful landman

  • Knowledge of energy, geology, engineering, business, law, economics and finance, accounting, and regulatory policy.
  • Specific understanding of legal descriptions and contracts, lease development and implementation, mineral/oil/gas law, drilling and energy asset development processes, federal/state/local regulations on permitting and leasing.
  • Workforce success skills such as critical analysis, problem solving, self-directed, life-long learning, ethics and credibility, initiative, self-improvement, entrepreneurship, and pride in accomplishments.
  • People skills in interpersonal interactions, communication, negotiation, relationship building and understanding.

Why study to be a landman?

  • Great long-term career opportunities in the oil, gas, wind, solar, uranium, and coal industries.  Energy exploration and production in the U.S. is escalating rapidly and landmen provide the indispensable groundwork for new developments.
  • Exciting, challenging and fulfilling profession.
  • High salaries - Based on a 2012 survey, starting salaries can by $60,000 whereas experienced landmen can earn significantly more.
  • Make a difference in people's lives by building trustworthy relationships and seeking mutually beneficial solutions to energy exploration and production issues.

Why chose the UW Professional Land Management program?

  • Wyoming is a perfect location to learn the landman profession.  It is a center of U.S. energy production and provides multiple opportunities to gain hands-on energy development experience.
  • Gain comparative advantage in Western region energy issues including split estate (joint public-Native American-private ownership) questions.
  • Integrate classroom learning with multiple opportunities for hands-on application. Our program constantly connects students with practicing professionals and provides internship, field trip, study abroad, undergraduate research, and capstone experiences.
  • Membership in the Wyoming Student Chapter of Professional Landman RSO.
  • All UW PLM graduates who transition to professional landman positions are immediately eligible to take the AAPL Registered Landman exam.
  • Dedicated advising and career placement.
  • Low student-teacher ratios and world class, committed faculty experts.
  • Many scholarships, fellowships and financial aid options.
  • State-of-the-art Energy Innovation Center and energy facilities.
  • In addition to excellent workforce training, the PLM curriculum also prepares graduates for law school, MBA programs, and graduate school.

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