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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
11:00 am – 2:15 pm CDT
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
11:00 am – 2:15 pm CDT
(both days include a 15-min break)


Presented by
J. Cole Helfrich

Agenda Day One
Working with Metes and Bounds Descriptions
Basic land description concepts: distances, directions, circular curves, mathematical closure, state plane coordinates
Reading a metes and bounds description
Writing a description
Drawing a description
Software for mapping, drawing and locating described lands

Working with the U.S. Public Land Survey System (PLSS)
PLSS basics: meridians, baselines, ranges, townships, sections
Public Land Survey System (PLSS)
Aliquot parts
“Part of” descriptions
Reading a PLSS description
Writing a description
Drawing a description
Software/websites for mapping, drawing and locating described lands


Agenda Day Two
Statutory Plats in Public Land Survey States
Duties under Plat Act
Certification and recording
Affidavits and exceptions
Reading and locating platted descriptions
Writing a description
Drawing a description
Software/websites for mapping, drawing and locating described lands

Describing Rights to Access Land
Private easements
Utility easements
Utility rights-of-way
Public rights-of-way



 Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

Land Surveyors:
6.0 PDHs in Most States,
7.0 Florida CE Hours


Continuing Education Credit Information

Land Description Systems
This interactive webinar offers 6.0 PDHs/continuing education hours to professional
engineers and land surveyors licensed in most states. Please refer to specific state
licensing rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in
Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey
(Approval No. 24GP00000700), and North Carolina (S-0130).

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for land surveyors
licensed in Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, Missouri and North Carolina
(S-0130). This course has been approved for 7.0 CE hours for Florida land surveyors
(Course No. 10159). This program does not qualify for credit for New Jersey, New York
and Tennessee land surveyors or for New York engineers.

Course completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete the webinar
in its entirety, respond to all the prompts during the instruction, and earn a score of 80%
on the quiz that follows the instruction (multiple attempts allowed).


J. Cole Helfrich

J. Cole Helfrich has been principal land surveyor with Craig R. Knoche & Associates, P.C. in Geneva, IL, for the last 28 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 well over a billion dollars of commercial, residential and institutional developments and transactions in 22 counties in Illinois. 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. Mr. Helfrich is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association.