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June 10th, 2024 – Course 102 – Elevating Your Ethical Awareness

Course Number: C102

Course Title: Elevating Your Ethical Awareness

Course Level: Ethics

IRWA Credits: 8 QUE / CEU

Course Description:

This course is intended to help resolve ethics and compliance issues by providing the information, tools and resources necessary to make good decisions. Participants will leave this course with an overview of IRWA’s Code of Conduct, Rules and Standards. These are what guide us and provide an understanding of how to apply this knowledge in serving our clients and members in the utmost ethical manner while always striving to fulfill our purpose of “improving the quality of people’s lives through infrastructure development.”

 

Credentialing:

  • New SR/WA/Industry/Specialist: Ethics courses are applicable to all IRWA Credentialing programs. Successful completion of an Ethics course is a requirement for initial completion of all IRWA Credentialing programs and is mandatory every five years for recertification purposes.

Topics:

  • To elevate ethical awareness in our industry to ensure we serve our clients and the profession to the highest standard
  • To provide a clear understanding and clarity of our Code of Ethics, Ethical Rules and Standards
  • To be educated on the risks associated with non-ethical behavior
  • To cultivate an active presence of ethical awareness in daily work and life
  • To nurture an understanding of Ethics as a concept and social construct

Course Tuition Includes:

  • Learning Guide
  • Supplement – “The 10 Rules of Professional Conduct & Standards of Practice for the Right of Way/Infrastructure Professional”
  • IRWA’s 10 Ethical Rules Card

Who Should Take This Course:

  • New and experienced right of way/infrastructure professionals worldwide
  • Professionals desiring to raise their standard of ethical and fair business practice

July 8th, 2024 – Course 100 – Principles of Land Acquisition

Course Number: C100 (2-Day)

Course Title: Principles of Land Acquisition

Course Level: Core

IRWA Credits: 16 QEU/CEU

AQB Credits: Not Applicable

Course Description:

IRWA Course 100 – Principles of Land Acquisition is a course designed as an educational offering to the global community of right of way and infrastructure professionals, and to anyone who directly or indirectly engages in this profession. The purpose and content of this course are centered on members of the Project Team, with specific emphasis on the right of way agent. This course is an introduction to industry-specific disciplines, which have overlapping roles and responsibilities with project managers, designers and legal needs. Agents who typically participate on a project team are from the following disciplines: environment, engineering/surveying, appraisal, negotiation, relocation assistance, law and real property management. Law is included not only because of the attorney’s role in compulsory purchases (condemnation, expropriation, etc.), but also because it is a vital component of the agent’s responsibility to prepare legal documents and obtain the correct signatures of vesting property owners. This ensures the document is legal and enforceable. This course provides an awareness of the disciplines involved in right of way and infrastructure projects, and the importance of a team approach to the work.

Credentialing:

  • New SR/WA Program: Core course required for the RWA certification.
  • Industry: Core course required for the RWA certification.
  • Specialist: Required course for the R/W-URAC certification.

Topics:

  • Ethics: Describe the IRWA’s Code of Ethical Conduct, Standards and Procedures, as well as ethical behaviors that guide the work of the right of way and infrastructure professional.
  • Interdisciplinary Team: Recognize the key role that the right of way and infrastructure professional plays on the project team, as well as the importance of a team approach to the work.
  • Environmental Concerns: Describe the effects of public projects on the environment, as well as the types of environment assessment processes and studies.
  • Engineering/Surveying: Summarize the three-view concept of engineering plans, as well as property descriptions.
  • Appraisal: Describe the basics of the valuation process and the role of the appraiser in the acquisition process.
  • Negotiation/Mitigation: Explain the right of way agent’s role during negotiation, including basic components from preparation to closing.
  • Relocation Assistance: Discuss the basics of relocation assistance for residential and non-residential displacements.
  • Property Law: Define real property law concepts and terms.
  • Property and Asset Management: Understand the core dimensions of real property (asset) management.

Course Tuition Includes:

  • Learning Guide
  • Principles of Right of Way Textbook
  • Engineering Tools (engineering scale, protractor, and scaled ruler)
  • Real Estate Dictionary
  • Study Guide
  • United States Law Relocation Supplement (for U.S. classes only)

Required Material

Not Applicable

Who Should Take This Course:

This course is geared toward infrastructure professionals, novice right of way professional with little or no experience in the right of way field, individuals specializing in a specific area of right of way, and right of way managers desiring a refresher course.

August 9th, 2024 – Course 213 – Conflict Management

Provides specific strategies for those who are in need of far-reaching, collaborative solutions to minimize potential negative aspects of conflict.

Course Number: C213

Course Title: Conflict Management

Course Level: Beginning

Course Length: 1 day – 8 AM to 5 PM

IRWA Credits: 8 QEU/CEU

Prerequisites: Not Applicable

Course Description:

This course provides focused strategies towards establishing collaborative solutions to minimize potential negative aspects of conflict and maximize successful outcomes that strive to resolve conflict. During this course, participants will learn how effective conflict management can open doors to healthier workplace relationships and more productive working relationships with both property owners as well as the general public.

Credentialing:

  • Industry: A core course that is a requirement for all 4 pathways for the RWA certification.
  • Specialist: A core elective course that can be applied towards the R/W-AMC, R/W-EC, R/W-NAC certifications.

Topics:

  • What is conflict?
  • Nature and consequences of conflict
  • The two consequences of conflict
  • Seven common outcomes of “usual conflict”
  • Constructive versus destructive approaches to conflict
  • Why conflict is natural
  • Determining your own conflict style
  • Coping with criticism
  • Managing interpersonal conflict
  • Understanding the “communication climate”

Course Tuition Includes:

  • Learning Guide

Recommended Material

Who Should Take This Course:

This course is designed for right of way and infrastructure professionals who want to sharpen their skills in managing interpersonal conflict for optimal relational success.

September 9th, 2024 – Course 600 – Environmental Awareness

An overview of various environmental issues and mitigation measures used to decrease impact upon the environment, including an introduction to the National Environmental Policy Act and other important legislation.

Course Number: C600

Course Title: Environmental Awareness

Course Level: Core

Course Length: 1 day – 8 AM to 5 PM

IRWA Credits: 8 QUE / CEU

Prerequisites: Not Applicable

Course Description:

This course provides basic principles of ecology, history of the environmental movement, a review of federal/state/local environmental legislation, the right of way professional’s role in the environmental process, and mitigation of environmental impacts. Participants will become familiar with environmental issues and problems facing companies and agencies acquiring or managing real property and rights of way, will learn various environmental issues and the mitigating measures used to decrease environmental impacts, and will gain increased awareness of environmental laws, regulations and associated regulatory agencies.

Credentialing:

  • New SR/WA/Industry/Specialist: A core course that is required for the RWA certification.
  • Industry: A core course that is required in all 4 pathways for the RWP certification.
  • Specialist: A required course for the R/W-AMC certification.

Topics:

  • Background on environmental movement history
  • Environmental disasters that lead to litigation and/or regulations, environmental legislation
  • Environmental documents, environmental impact statement, environmental assessment, findings of no significant impact, categorical exclusion, record of decision
  • Environmental compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and state and local regulations
  • Right of way agent’s role in the environmental process
  • Defining environmental awareness, being part of an environmental process, scoping environmental documents, and project planning

Course Tuition Includes:

  • Participant Manual

Who Should Take This Course:

This basic environmental course is recommended for private industry, public and regulatory agencies and right of way agents involved in acquiring or managing real property rights of way reclamation, including properties with environmental issues.

September 16th, 2024 – Course 802 – Legal Aspects of Easements

An overview of the theory and rationale of easements as well as solutions on how to avoid future problems regarding easements.

Course Number: C802

Course Title: Legal Aspects of Easements

Course Level: Advanced

IRWA Credits: 8 QUE / CEU

AQB Credits: Not Applicable

Prerequisites: At least one year of professional right of way experience

Course Description:

In this course, terminology and concepts are brought to life with examples and exercises. By gaining a thorough understanding of all relevant legal considerations, right of way professionals become better equipped to avoid future problems in the appraisal, acquisition and management of easements.

Credentialing:

  • New SR/WA: An advanced level course that is required for the SR/WA designation.
  • Industry: An advanced level course that is required in the Generalist Pathway for the SR/WA designation and an elective course that can be applied towards the Oil & Gas Pipeline Pathway for the SR/WA designation.
  • Specialist: An advanced level course that is required for the R/W-NAC certification.

October 9th & 10th, 2024 – Course 203 – Alternative Dispute Resolution

Provides the skills necessary to reach lasting, fair settlements when challenges arise in the negotiation process.

Course Number: C203

Course Title: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Course Level: Intermediate

IRWA Credits: 16 QUE / CEU

ABQ Credits: Not Applicable

Prerequisites: 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.

Credentialing:

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

Topics:

  • 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

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 amazon.com, or other retail outlets)

Required Material

      • Non Applicable

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.

November 8th, 2024 – Course 102 – Elevating Your Ethical Awareness

Course Number: C102

Course Title: Elevating Your Ethical Awareness

Course Level: Ethics

IRWA Credits: 8 QUE / CEU

Course Description:

This course is intended to help resolve ethics and compliance issues by providing the information, tools and resources necessary to make good decisions. Participants will leave this course with an overview of IRWA’s Code of Conduct, Rules and Standards. These are what guide us and provide an understanding of how to apply this knowledge in serving our clients and members in the utmost ethical manner while always striving to fulfill our purpose of “improving the quality of people’s lives through infrastructure development.”

Credentialing:

  • New SR/WA/Industry/Specialist: Ethics courses are applicable to all IRWA Credentialing programs. Successful completion of an Ethics course is a requirement for initial completion of all IRWA Credentialing programs and is mandatory every five years for recertification purposes.

Topics:

  • To elevate ethical awareness in our industry to ensure we serve our clients and the profession to the highest standard
  • To provide a clear understanding and clarity of our Code of Ethics, Ethical Rules and Standards
  • To be educated on the risks associated with non-ethical behavior
  • To cultivate an active presence of ethical awareness in daily work and life
  • To nurture an understanding of Ethics as a concept and social construct

Course Tuition Includes:

  • Learning Guide
  • Supplement – “The 10 Rules of Professional Conduct & Standards of Practice for the Right of Way/Infrastructure Professional”
  • IRWA’s 10 Ethical Rules Card

Who Should Take This Course:

  • New and experienced right of way/infrastructure professionals worldwide
  • Professionals desiring to raise their standard of ethical and fair business practice

November 18th, 2024 – Course 604 – Environmental Due Diligence and Liability

An overview of the environmental due diligence process and the liabilities associated with purchasing property.

Course Number: C604

Course Title: Environmental Due Diligence and Liability

Course Level: Intermediate

Course Length: 1 day – 8 AM to 5 PM

IRWA Credits: 8 QUE / CEU

Prerequisites: IRWA Course 600 “Environmental Awareness” (or equivalent), or have an environmental background

Course Description:

This course provides the right of way professional with an understanding of the environmental due diligence components. Participants learn to recognize when a due diligence report should be ordered, as well as how reports should be analyzed.

Credentialing:

  • New SR/WA/: An intermediate elective course that can be applied towards the RWP certification or SR/WA designation.
  • Industry: An intermediate course that is required for the Generalist, Oil & Gas Pipeline and Electric & Utilities pathways for the SR/WA designation. It can also be applied towards the Transportation pathway for the RWP certification.

Topics:

  • Innocent Purchaser Defense
  • ASTM Phase I ESA standard
  • EPA’s “All Appropriate Inquiry” rule
  • Educate attendees about other components of environmental due diligence
  • Guidance on how to order due diligence services and establish expectations
  • Illustrate how to analyze the reports and their impacts on the proposed project

Course Tuition Includes:

  • Participant Manual

Who Should Take This Course:

This course is recommended for right of way professionals who have some environmental background, are actively involved in right of way projects, and may encounter environmental issues during their normal duties (e.g., acquisition/relocation, appraisal).