Maintaining your APA® Certification Status:

The APA® Annual Registration Form and assessment fee must be submitted annually in order to keep your APA® certificate in good standing.  In addition, the APA® Program requires that active APA®s complete 30 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits over a two-year period (with a minimum of five hours completed in any one year).  For more information on CPE requirements, please visit the APA® Certification Candidate Handbook.

Click here to access the form.  

For questions regarding your APA® certificate renewal, please email the APA® Administrator at

Charlene Lutkenhaus

Charlene Lutkenhaus, APA®


Term 2018-2020
Society: Houston

Mike May

Mike May, APA®

Vice Chair

Term 2018-2020
Society: San Antonio



Michael Carmody, APA®
Term 2018-2020
Society: Colorado

Daniel Hodgson, APA®
Term 2018-2020
Society: San Antonio




-- $650.00

SKU: APA Resource Materials

The list of resources for the APA® certification exam effective January 1, 2016 is provided below. While these materials help candidates prepare for the APA® certification exam, it is critical that candidates view these materials as helpful resources rather than the sole authority for a particular profession or examination.

Commercially Published Resources
Fundamentals of Petroleum, Edited by Debby Denehy, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 5th Ed., 2011
Oil and Gas Law in a Nutshell, John S. Lowe, West Group, 6th Ed., 2014
Petroleum Accounting Principles, Procedures, and Issues, Brady, etal, PDI, 7th Ed., 2011  (Currently on backorder, pending publication of 8th Edition)
Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language, William Leffler, Pennwell, 4th Ed., 2008

COPAS Published Resources
AG-6 Oil Accounting Manual
AG-9 Vendor Audits
AG-10 Investigations of Suspected Irregularities
AG-11 Internal Audits of Exploration and Producing Divisions
AG-12 Determining Finding, Development, and Acquisition Costs
AG-13 Accounting for Farmouts/Farmins, Net Profits Interest and Carried Interests
AG-15 Gas Accounting Manual
AG-16 Internal Audits of Gas Plants
AG-18 Revenue Variance Analysis
AG-19 Expenditure Audit Protocols
AG-21 Revenue Audit Protocols
MFI-17 1984 Model Form Accounting Procedure Interpretation
MFI-21 Overhead Principles
MFI-38 Materials Manual
MFI-51 2005 Model From Accounting Procedure Interpretation
TR-9 Petroleum Industry Accounting: Educational Training Guide
TR-34 Managerial Accounting and Economics Review Guide

The APA® Resource Materials bundle includes:

  • The four Commercially Published Resources listed above
  • A subscription to COPAS ePublications, which includes all of COPAS'  Accounting Guidelines and Model Form Interpretations (including the AGs and MFIs listed above)
  • TR-9 and TR-34
  • The APA® Certification Candidate Handbook

Once the bundle has been purchased, the Commercially Published Resources, along with TR-9, TR-34 and the APA® Certification Candidate Handbook, will be shipped via the delivery method you select during purchase.  In addition, you will receive an email with a link to download* the COPAS ePublications to your computer. 

*The ePublications download will auto-install and provides the most effective and accurate method for searching COPAS documents. The search criteria allows you to enter any word or key phrase and displays every occurrence of this entry in every COPAS Accounting Guideline and Model Form Interpretation.  Each PDF document highlights your key word or phrase as you search through the document as well as where and how it is used in each document.  In addition, each January you will receive an updated download containing all revised and new COPAS documents for a reduced price of $125.  If you would rather not receive our updates, just ask to be removed from subscription list before December 1 each year.

For questions or technical assistance, please contact the COPAS Office 303-300-1131 or

The APA® examination is offered during five testing windows each year in the months of March, May, July, September and November.  Applications for each exam window will be posted on our website about three months prior to the start of each window. 

Click here to access the May 2019 exam application.  Registration will close on March 15, 2019.  

Applications for future exams will be posted as follows:

 Exam Month  Registration Opens   Registration Closes 
 July 2019  April 1, 2019  May 17, 2019
 September 2019   June 3, 2019  July 19, 2019
 November 2019  August 1, 2019  September 13, 2019 


If you have any questions, please contact the APA® Administrator at (303)300-1131 or