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Petroleum Accountants Society of the Permian Basin
Petroleum Accountants Society
of the Permian Basin

P.O. Box 1123
Midland, Texas 79702

Accredited Petroleum Accountant Program (APA®)

The APA® Certification is a unique credential among other accounting certifications. While the Petroleum Accountant needs the basic concepts and understanding of all accounting matters, the petroleum industry operates under unique guidelines and principles. In preparing for and earning the APA® credential, the accountant will be exposed to all facets of the petroleum industry and achieve or exceed the knowledge required for competent practice as a petroleum accountant.

The APA® certified professional is equipped with knowledge and understanding of the industry and petroleum accounting sufficient to excel in job performance and provide a heightened level of accuracy and ethics in performance of tasks. The APA® designation should be a required element for employee selection, promotion, and retention in the petroleum industry. Start today and get your career on track!

All information regarding the APA® certification program can be found in the APA® Certification Candidate Handbook. This guidebook provides information on eligibility requirements, resource materials, costs and responsibilities. 

The examination will be offered during three testing windows each year in the months of April, July and October.  Exams will only be available during these specific testing windows. Testing sites will be available through our vendor's testing centers nationwide and internationally, at the COPAS Office, or at COPAS Council Meetings.

The registration deadline for the July 2016 testing window is Monday, May 16.  Please CLICK HERE to access the registration application.

A Practice Exam is also available to Candidates or potential Candidates seeking the APA® Credential as an opportunity to experience online testing and become familiar with the type of content that may be seen on the actual Certification Exam.  The Practice Exam is available for $75 through Castle Worldwide, Inc., our testing service provider. Please CLICK HERE to register for the Practice Exam.

If you have questions, please contact the APA® Administrator at (303)300-1131 or APAAdministrator@copas.org.


If you are interested in starting or joining a study group for a specific test module, please email studygroups@paspb.org.

For further information on the APA® program, please visit the COPAS website.