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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 one of 9 programs in North America 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.

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.
  • 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.


Curriculum information can be downloaded here.

American Association of Professional Landmen American Association of Professional Landmen

The American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) is pleased to announce its approval for accreditation of the University of Wyoming's Professional Land Management Program which commences in Fall 2013.  AAPL is excited to add this new alliance with such a prominent University in the western U.S. and is confident that this curriculum will equip the next generation of professional landmen to be responsive to our country's oil and gas energy needs. The core courses, as well as the cross-functional disciplines and electives, embrace the foundation of AAPL's Standards of Practice, Values and Code of Ethics. This PLM program and the working relationship between the University of Wyoming and AAPL will surely catapult us all, as an industry, into the 21st century.

"We are proud to add this university to the other outstanding universities associated with AAPL that offer fully accredited programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. We believe that the University of Wyoming with its unique blend of location and oil and gas history will greatly enhance the stature of all land programs throughout the U.S. and Canada."
Jim Dewbre, President, American Association of Professional Landmen

"We strongly support the formation of the new Professional Land Management program at the University of Wyoming and believe that this program and the University are on the road to becoming one of the leading institutions in the country educating the next generation of Professional Landmen. We are proud to be associated with them on that mission."
Wyoming Association of Professional Landmen (WAPL) President for 2012-2013 Marc Randal Strahn, CPL

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