United States Land Titles

801 – United States Land Titles: Addresses the overall principles and applications which generally govern land title activities.  

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Course Title:

United States Land Titles

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Course Length:

2 days – 8 AM to 5 PM Daily

IRWA Credits:

16 QEU / CEU


At least one year of professional right of way experience  



Course Description

Building upon prior professional knowledge, this course provides participants with information regarding the analysis of abstracts to determine who must execute a conveyance. Participants will become familiar with terminology such as title estates, covenants, liens, encumbrances, and contracts; and will also understand the preparation of chains of title from public records.


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  • Specialist: An intermediate elective course for the R/W-NAC program.


  • Public records
  • Sources of title information
  • Who can hold/transfer title
  • Instruments and other means of transferring real estate interests 
  • When title passes
  • Encumbrances
  • Title search - developing the chain of title
  • How to determine vesting from a chain of title
  • How to identify encumbrances and how to clear title
  • How to handle special situations - site inspection, discoveries, environmental impacts encroachments, divorce action, leasehold, interest and deaths

Course Tuition includes

  • Participant Manual
  • Real Estate Dictionary

Who should take this course

This course is recommended for right of way professionals and experienced land titles by profession individuals who are in the process of or working on title reports or abstracts of title. This course is not intended for individuals with extensive title company experience.

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