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ILTA Legal Descriptions Course at UNI - September 18, 2020

Iowa Land Title Association Course Three: Legal Descriptions
Tracing Ownership through Time
September 18, 2020

University of Northern Iowa
Curris Business Building, Conference Rooms 1 & 3
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

The Legal Descriptions Course is a graduate level course.  Participants will be given advanced instruction on legal descriptions and will be drawing sketches of legal descriptions during the course and exam.  All ILTA courses are designed for persons with at least 3 years of experience in a related field.

Course Topics:

  • Governmental Surveys: History; Baselines; Principal Meridians; Township Lines; Range Lines; Correction Lines; Sections; Aliquot Parts; Land Measurements; Corners, Markers and Monuments.  Types & Parts of Legal Descriptions: Aliquot Parts; Metes and Bounds; Quantitative; Geographic; Platted.
  • Plotting Legal Descriptions: Measuring Distances, Angles and Bearing Lines; Drawing Metes and Bounds Descriptions, Curves in Legal Descriptions.
  • Legal Descriptions: Water Boundaries, Encroachments, Condominiums.
Course Schedule:

7:45 a.m.

8:00 a.m.Check In
8:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Instruction
12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.Instruction
3:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.Break / Individual Review
4:00 p.m.5:30 p.m.Exam

The exam is required only for persons pursuing the ILTA Certified Land Title Professional designation and requires a 90% exam score to pass.
  Membership in the ILTA is required to obtain and maintain the ILTA CLTP designation. More information is available on the ILTA website at www.iowalandtite.org on the Resources Page and CLTP Application Form.

This course is approved for 7 hours of continuing education credits by the Iowa Real Estate Commission, and 6 hours CLE by the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education.


Course participants are responsible for bringing the following supplies to class:

Pronto Compass
Engineer Scale (ruler)
Calculator with square root capabilities

Layout Triangle (not required but suggested)

Supply items are available through various providers and by contacting Pronto Land Measure at
(248) 347-3145 or

Course Faculty

--Eric Johnson, J.D. with high distinction, University of Iowa, specializing in real estate law.
--Andrew Nordstrom, J.D., Specialist in Real Estate/Title Law and past president of the Iowa Land Title Association.
--Ben Goulson, ILTA CLTP, Co-Owner of Winneshiek Title & Abstract Co.

REGISTRATION & FEE PAYMENT DEADLINE:  August  28, 2020 to ensure that course materials, including parking passes, are mailed to you timely in preparation for the course.
  Course materials will not be mailed until payment in full has been received by the ILTA office. Cancellation Policy: Registration fees will be applied to a future course for cancellations or no-shows in the case of an emergency.  Contact the ILTA office at ILTA@austin.rr.com or 800.778.3789.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UNI-sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Art Cox, Center for Real Estate Education at 319-273-6986 and Arthur.cox@UNI.edu at least TWO WEEKS prior to the event. If you have special dietary needs, please contact Art Cox, Center for Real Estate Education at 319-273-6986 and Arthur.cox@UNI.edu at least TWO WEEKS prior to the event.  Link to UNI Accommodations of Disabilities Policies and Procedures  

Notice of Disclaimer:  The Iowa Land Title Association (ILTA) Certified Land Title Professional (CLTP) Program is a series of educational and informational courses for title industry professionals that have been developed in collaboration with the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Center for Real Estate Education.  Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in the CLTP program.  However, no liability is assumed by the ILTA, its officers, directors, committee members or employees in the accuracy or presentation of these courses, either verbally or in writing.  No warranty for any particular purpose, either expressed or implied, is granted by ILTA to anyone utilizing the course information and instruction provided by the CLTP Program.

Questions? Contact ILTA@austin.rr.com or 800.778.3789. 

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