Property Descriptions

902 – Property Descriptions: Combines hands-on experience with mentoring to provide participants with information regarding engineering fundamentals the practical applications of information contained in engineering drawings and how to interpret property descriptions.

Course Number: C902
Course Title: Property Descriptions
Course Level: Advanced
IRWA Credits: 8 QEU / CEU
AQB Credits: Non Applicable

IRWA Course 900 “Principles of Real Estate Engineering” (or equivalent), or a minimum of two years right of way engineering experience


Course Description

This one-day, advanced-level course provides a working knowledge of plotting and interpreting property descriptions. The course discusses several methods of property descriptions (e.g., metes and bounds, centerline, point, subdivision and lot and block, Public Land Survey System (PLSS), and State Plane Coordinate System).


  • New SR/WA: An advanced course that is required for the SR/WA designation. 
  • Industry:  An advanced course that is required for the Oil & Gas Pipeline and Electric & Utilities pathways for the RWP certification. It can also be applied as an elective towards the Generalist and Transportation pathways for the SR/WA designation.
  • Specialist:  An advanced course that is required course for the R/W-NAC certification.


  • Requirements of a valid description
  • Use of the rectangular grid system
  • When and how to use the point and centerline method
  • Sources of uncertainties
  • Subdivision descriptions
  • Metes and bounds descriptions

Course Tuition Includes

  • Learning Guide
  • Exercise Answers
  • Engineering tools (engineering scale, protractor and straight edge)

Required Material

  • Financial calculator
  • Mechanical pencil

Who Should take this course

This course is an engineering course for non-engineers who are called upon to write or interpret property descriptions.


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