Combined Right of Way Essentials Course
Intensive training including curriculum, homework, and testing.
A course manual will be mailed to your physical address.
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Jump Start Your Career
The Right of Way Essentials course is the recommended training for beginning to advanced right-of-way agents, and petroleum landmen, or for anyone wanting to enter the Right of Way Industry.
A Three-in-One Learning Experience
Three essential courses combined into one class offer learning opportunities unmatched in the industry
In-Classroom and Online Right of Way Essentials Course
(40 Hours)

The basic principles of what is required as a Right of Way agent, including roles and functions, legal concepts, and various reports.

Online Chain of Surface Title Workshop
(3 Hours)
You will learn the steps for how to create an actual surface title and then complete a Chain of Surface Title report.

Online Right of Way Route Selection Workshop
(8 Hours)

You will learn the skills of Selecting a Route for a successful Right of Way acquisition and reconnaissance to create a constructible pathway for a project utilizing ownership maps, aerial maps, and appraisal district data information.
Syllabus
Right-of-Way Essentials Course
  •  LANDMAN VS. RIGHT-OF-WAY AGENT
  •  WHO NEEDS A RIGHT-OF-WAY AGENT?
  •  LAND OWNERSHIP BASICS - REAL PROPERTY
  •  LAND OWNERSHIP BASICS - ESTATES IN LAND
  •  LAND OWNERSHIP BASICS - CO-OWNERSHIP
  •  LAND OWNERSHIP BASICS - HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION
  •  LAND OWNERSHIP BASICS - TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP
  •  LAND OWNERSHIP BASICS – LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS
  •  WHAT IS A RIGHT-OF-WAY?
  •  WHAT IS AN EASEMENT?
  •  TYPES OF EASEMENTS
  •  TRANSFERABILITY OF EASEMENTS
  •  CREATING EASEMENTS
  •  TERMINATING EASEMENTS
  •  EMINENT DOMAIN
  •  UNIFORM RELOCATION ACT [URA]
  •  RECORDING EASEMENTS
  •  TITLE ESSENTIALS
  •  FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
  •  PERMITTING
  •  PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OVERVIEW
  •  PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - PROJECT SCOPE
  •  PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - ROUTE SELECTION
  •  PROJECT PLANNING - PERMITTING
  •  PROJECT PLANNING - ESTIMATING COSTS WORKSHOP
  •  PERMISSION TO SURVEY
  •  EASEMENTS - PREPARING THE RIGHT-OF-WAY AGREEMENT
  •  EASEMENTS – SUBORDINATION
  •  EASEMENT – OPTION AGREEMENTS
  •  PROJECT SURVEYING
  •  PREPARING THE FILE
  •  RIGHT-OF-WAY CONSTRUCTION
  •  FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES
  •  GEOGRAPHIC AND ELECTRONIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
  •  ETHICS AND LIABILITY
Right of Way Essentials Course

This class is for Beginners to 10 Years’ Experience or for anyone wanting to enter the Right of Way Industry.

The course is designed to provide the student with an in-depth look at many of the tasks and aspects of a Right of Way Agent and what they should know entering or working in the Right of Way Industry.

It provides a very thorough instruction and discussion about surface title issues, surface damage issues, care and maintenance issues of a right of way and easement as well as understanding land ownership and route selection.

The course covers issues unique to Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas as well as issues common to all states.

Online testing is set up after each chapter and is such that if the student does not pass the test after two attempts they cannot advance to the next chapter without their superior’s approval or at the request of the school.

In-Classroom students will also take their testing online.

  • Live – 40 contact hours.
  • Self-paced Online – Available for Six Months.
  • Testing/Homework/Workshops.
  • Has a course manual with note taking ability.

Chain of Surface Title Workshop

The course is very similar to the Online Mineral Chain of Title course but deals with an irregular tract of land in Oklahoma. The student will see how documents are used from the County Clerk’s Office, County Assessor’s Office and the County Treasurer’s Office. The student will also see how to create the chain of title from actual scanned documents and how to create the final ownership report.

This online self-paced course is a must for those contemplating entering into the Right of Way Industry.

The course covers:

  • Introduction
  • County Assessor’s Parcel Map
  • Property Tax Statement
  • Examining the Runsheet
  • Discussion – Tract Index from the County Clerk’s office
  • Understanding How to Use “Net Deed Plotter”
  • Understanding Runsheets
  • Chaining Actual Title – From Scanned Images
  • Building the final Ownership Report
Right of Way Route Selection Workshop
This course takes what was discussed in the Right of Way Essentials course and expands on this procedure to give the student a better understanding regarding Right of Way Route Selection.

The bonus class is taught online and is self-paced.

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Dave,

After finishing your class in August and now it being the first of October, I actually got a job last week working full time for a landman in Santa Fe handling federal leases.   I will tell you that they say what I learned in your class puts me ahead of the game so it was time and money well spent.

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Dear David,

Thank you for the truly informative course held last September. 
I have completed my first year as an in-house landman for a petroleum company and can’t imagine how I could have achieved it without your excellent tutelage.

R. Sidwell
Course Writers and Instructors

Carol Eyerman

  • Ms. Eyerman, an attorney since 1985, has practiced corporate and real estate law until leaving private practice to focus on right-of-way acquisition and development project management in 2000. Ms. Eyerman is the former Executive VP/ President Elect of IRWA Chapter 55, Pennsylvania (2016 – 2017) and is a current member of the Tennessee and Kentucky IRWA Chapters. She has extensive experience managing capital projects for companies to include Regency Energy Partners, General Dynamics, Columbia Gas, Atmos Energy, Cricket Wireless, AT&T and Verizon in major markets across the United States. Ms. Eyerman edited, revised and updated the real estate sections of Book T-1 of the Revised AGA Pipeline Planning Economics Manual (2016) and contributed to the development of the Telecommunication ordinance for the planning and zoning department of the city of Spokane, WA.


Don Valden

  • An expert in Right-of-Way issues, Mr. Valden holds the certification of Senior Right of Way Agent through the IRWA with over 40 years’ experience. Since 1980, Mr. Valden has worked as a Right-of-Way Consultant and Project manager for some of the largest energy companies in the world such as Koch Industries, Gulf States Utilities, Southern Natural Gas, Devon Energy and EOG Resources. Mr. Valden is an accomplished course writer and presenter and is the founder of the America Right-of-Way Acquisitions & Survey, Inc. (ARWA)

David Melton

  • Mr. Melton, a professional landman since 1980, has acquired vast experience in acquisitions and divestitures as well as executive management skills (VP of Land) for a small E&P company and as a GM and COO for two large land brokerage firms with multiple offices in Oklahoma, Texas, Montana, Colorado, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Melton has over 40 years’ experience in oil and gas exploration and production including operations, land management and administration in all phases. He formed the Petroleum Landman School in 2005 and has taught students from 34 states and two foreign countries. Mr. Melton is a recognized public speaker, course writer and presenter for the AAPL and a published author for the AAPL, IRWA and Oilprice.com.

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