Alternative Dispute Resolution (Online)

203 – Alternative Dispute Resolution: Provides the skills necessary to reach lasting, fair settlements when challenges arise in the negotiation process.

Course Number:

C203 Online

Course Title:

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Course Level:


IRWA Credits:

16 QEU / CEU


Not applicable






Course Description
This course provides the right of way professional with information regarding alternate methods to resolve negotiation disputes. Participants will learn how to identify different alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods and how to recognize each method’s strengths and weaknesses. Participants will also learn how to bust through deadlock, how to save money when negotiations are not successful, and how to avoid getting involved in court proceedings.

  • Industry: An intermediate course that is required for the Oil & Gas Pipeline and Transportation pathway in the SR/WA program. It can also be applied towards the Generalist pathway in the RWP program. 
  • Specialist:  An elective for the R/W-AMC, R/W-EC, and R/W-NAC programs.


  • The “Getting to Yes” dispute resolution principles
  • How to identify sources for, and exampled of objective criteria to resolve disputes
  • The relationship between ADR and eminent domain/expropriation
  • How to employ processes and procedures to succeed at ADR
  • How to bust through deadlock
  • How to minimize financial loss when negotiation is not successful
Course Tuition includes
  • Participant Manual (in PDF format available for download at completion of course)
Recommended Materials 
  • Successful Communication and Negotiation Textbook (separate purchase; available through IRWA's Publication Store)
  • Getting to Yes – Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In Textbook, by Roger Fisher and William Ury, Penguin Books (separate purchase; available through or other retail outlets)
Who should take this course

This course is intended for right of way professionals who want a better understanding of ways to reach settlement when the negotiation process is not successful.

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