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Course 203 – Alternative Dispute Resolution

Course Number: C203 Online
Course Title: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Course Level: Intermediate
IRWA Credit Units: 16 QEU / CEU*
*QEU (qualifying education units) and CEU (continuing education units)
Prerequisites: Not applicable
Price: $415 USD for members / $520 USD for non-members

Course Description
This course provides the right of way professional with information regarding alternate methods to resolve negotiation disputes. Participants will learn how to identify different alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods and how to recognize each method’s strengths and weaknesses. Participants will also learn how to bust through deadlock, how to save money when negotiations are not successful, and how to avoid getting involved in court proceedings.

  • New SR/WA: An intermediate elective course that can be applied towards the RWP certification.
  • Industry: An intermediate course that is required for the Oil & Gas Pipeline and Transportation Industry pathways in the SR/WA program. It can also be applied towards the Generalist pathway in the RWP program.
  • Specialist: An elective for the R/W-AMC, R/W-EC and R/W-NAC programs.

  • The “Getting to Yes” dispute resolution principles
  • How to identify sources for, and examples of objective criteria to resolve disputes
  • The relationship between ADR and eminent domain/expropriation
  • How to employ processes and procedures to succeed at ADR
  • How to bust through deadlock
  • How to minimize financial loss when negotiation is not successful

Course Tuition includes
Participant Manual (in PDF format; available for download)

Recommended Materials
  • Successful Communication and Negotiation Textbook (separate purchase; available through IRWA's Publication Store)
  • Getting to Yes – Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In Textbook, by Roger Fisher and William Ury, Penguin Books (separate purchase; available through or other retail outlets)

Who should take this course
This course is intended for right of way professionals who want a better understanding of ways to reach settlement when the negotiation process is not successful.

Anytime you purchase an online class at IRWA University, you have one year from the date of purchase to complete your class. After that time, the class will no longer be accessible. Your progress is saved, however, it is highly recommended that you finish the class as soon as possible from the date of purchase to ensure high retention and application rate of knowledge and skills learned.

All participants will receive a total of 2 attempts to pass the exam with a score of a 75% or better. If a passing grade is not achieved by the second attempt, the participant must re-purchase the class if he or she wishes to take the exam a third time. Please note, IRWA online classes are not approved for State QE or CE credit.