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

Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30, 2022
11:00 am – 2:15 pm CDT


Presented by:
J. Cole Helfrich

Agenda Day One Highlights
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 Highlights
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

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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Land Surveyors:
6.0 PDHs (in Most States, no credit in Delaware or New Jersey)
7.0 PDHs (Florida)

Landscape Architects:
7.0 HSW CE Hours

6.0 PDHs


This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.0 PDHs for land surveyors in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for land surveyors licensed in Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, and North Carolina (S-0130).

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 deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and land surveyors via its registration with the Practicing Institute of Engineering (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

This webinar has been approved by the Practicing Institute of Engineering for 6.0 PDHs. This course approval is appropriate for New York engineers and land surveyors.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has assigned this course number 10159 for surveyors.

The Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects has evaluated and approved this course for 6 PDUs.

This webinar has been submitted to the Tennessee Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors for accreditation. Course approval is pending.

HalfMoon Education is not seeking course approval in New Jersey or Delaware.

Visit this course listing at for updates on pending credits. Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


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.