Using the U.S. Public Land Survey System
Before undertaking any self-study effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity.
You must take and pass a quiz in order to receive credit. You can take the quiz as many times as needed and there is no time limit on the quiz. Once the quiz is completed, you will be asked to download your certificate.
Videos that qualify for AIA, LACES, ASLA, or CLARB credit will require an extra week for processing.
Available approximately 1 week after the date of the live event.
To track your purchase you will need to create an account on the website using the email address used for your registration.
The video will have occasional question prompts that will not allow the video to progress unless they are answered. You will not be able to skip forward while watching the video.
If you attempt to resume watching the video on a separate device, your progress will not be saved.
Click the link which appears at the end of the video to be taken to the course quiz.
HalfMoon will mail these materials via USPS. Please allow 2 weeks from the date of purchase to receive your product. If the live seminar is in the future, please allow 5 weeks from the date of the live seminar.
The link to the quiz will be available in a PDF in your USB drive marked QUIZ.
HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.
Please contact HalfMoon Education if you have any questions during the process of taking this course. (715) 835-5900 or email@example.com
Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.
Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
9:00 am – 1:30 pm CST (incl. two 15-min breaks)
J. Cole Helfrich
Metes and Bounds and What Came
Before the US Public Land Survey System (PLSS)
Basic land description concepts: distances, directions, circular curves,
mathematical closure, state plane coordinates
Reading a metes and bounds description
Basics of the U.S. Public Land Survey System (PLSS)
The Northwest Ordinance
Principal meridians and baselines
The basic building blocks of the PLSS
The township, ranges and sections
Irregular sections and aliquot parts
Describing and Locating Lands in the PLSS
“Part of” descriptions
Reading a PLSS description
Writing a description
Websites for mapping and locating described lands
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 will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.
Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.
GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)
The two most recent version of the following browsers:
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled
Internet connection: Minimum of 1Mbps Hardware: 2GB RAM or more
For more information, visit the Support section at www.gotowebinar.com
(does not qualify for NY engineering credit)
4.0 Florida and Missouri CE Credits
(TN Pending Approval; NY, NJ, RI, DE – No Credit Offered)
Continuing Education Credit Information
Using the U.S. Public Land Survey System
This webinar is open to the public and offers 4.0 PDHs to professional engineers and land surveyors in most states. Land surveyor course approval is currently pending in Tennessee. HalfMoon Education is not seeking approval for land surveyors licensed in Delaware, New Jersey, New York or Rhode Island, or for engineers licensed in New York.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has assigned this course number 10202 for Florida surveyors.
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 and North Carolina (S-0130).
J. Cole Helfrich
Craig R. Knoche & Associates, P.C.
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. For the last 23 years he has been principal land surveyor with Craig R. Knoche & Associates, P.C. in Geneva.