Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 – 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:15 – 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:15 – 4:15 pm

Complying with National Society of                   C. Helfrich
Professional Surveyors Creed and Cannons

   Practicing in areas of competence

   Preventing bias and the influence of personal self-interest

   Preserving client confidences

   Solicitation of business

Illinois Land Surveyor Licensing Law:            G. Rohrer
Compliance and Enforcement Procedures

   Illinois Department of Financial and Professional

      • Regulation rule changes

   Investigations and contested cases

   Disciplinary actions and penalties

   Board enforcement case studies

Handling Ethical Issues in Land Surveying Practice          C. Helfrich

   Regulation of firms providing professional surveying services

      • Practice with non-licensed professionals

      • Supervision and control of non-licensed professionals

   Engaging in appropriate supervision and review

   Signing, sealing and control of surveying documents

   Prevention of unauthorized practice

   Complying with Illinois procurement rules

Illinois Floodplain Law and Regulation          G. Rohrer

   Flood management terminology

   Floodways, floodplains and flood zones

   Reviewing flood hazard determinations

   Flood insurance overview

Law of Accessing Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights          G. Rohrer

   Understanding title to oil, gas and mineral rights

   Determining ownership of mineral rights

   Issues disclosed (and not disclosed) by survey

   Recognizing and resolving conflicts between surface and mineral rights owner

Complying with Minimum Standards of Practice          C. Helfrich

   Land title surveys

   Boundary surveys

   Condominium surveys

   Subdivision surveys

   Mortgage inspections

   Topographic surveys

   Parcel legal descriptions

ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards          C. Helfrich

   Reasons for changes from 2011 to 2016

   Review of redline changes to 2011 standards

   Revision to Table A items and their effect on the survey


This program is open to the public and offers up to 6.0 PDHs to Illinois land surveyors, including the required 4.0 PDHs in Illinois statutes and rules regulating professional land surveyors and surveys and the required 2.0 PDHs in professional conduct as prescribed in Section 1270.65 of the Illinois Administrative Rules.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


J. Cole Helfrich

Principal Land Surveyor with Koru Group PLLC

Mr. Helfrich has been principal land surveyor with Craig R. Knoche & Associates, P.C. and its successor Koru Group PLLC in the Chicago area for the last 30 years. Mr. Helfrich first picked up a plumb bob in 1971 for Webster & Associates. From tape-and-transit to GPS, mortgage surveys to shopping centers, he has his seal on billions of dollars of commercial, residential and institutional developments and transactions in 23 counties in Illinois together with consulting and managing projects in 15 other states. Mr. Helfrich has enjoyed working with countless prominent developers, attorneys and other professionals in the field and the office. His specialties include real estate law, boundaries and boundary law, easements, rights-of-way and other encumbrances and servitudes, statutory and common-law plats, ALTA surveys, topography, building and site layout, construction- and project-management as well as land development consulting. He has presented classes and co-written manuals with the Illinois Institute For Continuing Legal Education along with classes at the University of Illinois and HalfMoon Education. Mr. Helfrich is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association.

Gerald Rohrer

Sudekum, Cassidy & Shulruff, Chtd.

Gerald T. Rohrer, Jr. is an attorney with Sudekum, Cassidy & Shulruff, Chtd. in Chicago. Mr. Rohrer is an experienced trial attorney, appellate practitioner, and counselor addressing complex legal matters. He litigates cases involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death, construction negligence, premises liability, property damage, construction defect claims, mechanics’ lien and bond claims, and insurance coverage. Further, Mr. Rohrer litigates cases involving government liability emphasizing the applicability of the Illinois Government and Governmental Tort Immunity Act, motor vehicle accidents, and advertising injury. Additionally, he represents parties in disputes involving breaches of contract, asset and business sales, fiduciary liability, property disputes, and non-compete and confidentiality agreements, and he has extensive experience with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations. Mr. Rohrer received his Juris Doctorate degree from The John Marshall Law School.