Certification Program

With CAPLA’s voluntary Certification Program, you can demonstrate to your colleagues and employers the depth and extent of your knowledge as an accomplished petroleum land administrator. The process can also help you identify your own strengths and weaknesses, prompting you to take additional training if desired.

Once you have successfully completed the Certification Examinations, you can earn one or all of the following industry designations:

  • Certified Petroleum Mineral Administrator (CPMA)
  • Certified Petroleum Surface Administrator (CPSA)
  • Certified Petroleum Land Contract Administrator (CPLCA)

To be eligible to write the Certification Exams, you must be a CAPLA member in good standing, with at least five years of practical working experience in the land contract, mineral and/or surface disciplines with a focus on Western Canadian oil and gas operations.

CAPLA CERTIFICATION – Frequently Asked Questions

Certification FAQ 


2019 Study Session Dates – TBA

Please contact Jennifer Potter, CPSA at jenniferpotter@synergyland.ca or Danielle Callander, CPSA at Danielle.Callander@cnrl.com for more information.


2019 Study Session Dates – TBA

Please contact Tim Laws, CPLCA at timothylaws2590@gmail.com for more information.


The mineral study session is a great opportunity for individuals who are thinking about writing the exam or have registered to write the exam, to get some tips and tricks from someone that has written it before. In this session you will be able to address any questions or concerns you have about the exam, as well as gain clarity around some of the topics. Please note we do not study for the exam in this session, nor do you have to have started studying already.

2019 Study Session Dates – TBA

Please contact Tiffany Fink, CPMA at tiffany_fink@nexeninc.com for more information.

The following members recently completed their exams and shared their thoughts with us:

“I’ve been tossing around the idea of writing the exam at least since 2010 and had always decided not to bother. I’m glad I finally decided to commit to it. What I enjoyed about the process is that the studying forced me to examine scenarios and concepts that I hadn’t previously encountered in my day-to-day job. I found that the real value was not in the final product of becoming certified, but in the studying, investigation and research that led up to it. My study partner and I started with the four-page roadmap and by the time we had summarized and added notes on what we felt was the most important information, I have at least 30 pages of notes and a huge binder of articles, regulations and other reference material that I can refer to in the future!”
Cassandra Ervick, CPMA

“I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant about writing the exam but now, after doing so, I highly recommend it to anyone. It really is an excellent exercise in reviewing material, especially after you have been in the industry for a while.”
Margaret DeBreo-Dunn, CPLCA

“I underestimated the exam and didn’t study the first time that I wrote. I had to study more for this exam than I have for any other but I’m an older student and I had to learn how to study again. I’m really glad that I took the test and challenged myself to another level. I know that I am now a more effective administrator for having taken the exam. Although it was stressful, I have learned a lot about the industry that I took for granted because we use brokers. Overall I think it was a good experience for me.”
Leanne Warnock, CPSA