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The Right of Way (ROW) Certificate Program focuses on the issues, tasks, challenges, strategies and hands-on knowledge required in the private sector of the ROW industry - pipeline, electric, renewables, water, chemical, etc.
This noncredit certificate provides a vehicle to enhance the skills of those interested in entering the ROW profession and preparing them to succeed in this highly-demanded and expanding field.
Instructors are all highly experienced private sector ROW professionals from Contract Land Staff’s Professional Development Institute.
The curriculum consists of six modules; each module contains two or three courses.
All courses have been approved for recertification credits for the Senior Right of Way Professional (SR/WA) designation by the International Right of Way Association (IRWA).
The ROW Certificate can be completed online. See ROW Certificate Online Schedule.
"I was working in advertising and knew very little about ROW. I knew it would benefit me to educate myself about the industry, especially since I wanted to make it a lifelong career, so I signed up for classes immediately. My experience with the program was exceedingly positive and rewarding. Every instructor was friendly and highly knowledgeable in their teaching. The program provided hands-on training, as well as, interactive group activities which helped me absorb more information in the fast paced academic setting. Shortly after graduation I was employed in the ROW industry and could not be happier with my career change. The classes have provided me with the tools to jump start my career, and the knowledge to implement in my daily job activities. If you do not know anything about ROW and are looking for a career change, or just need recertification, I highly recommend you take the UHD-ROW Certification Program."
Renee' and Richard Crow Texas
"My husband, Richard, and I received our ROW certification from the UHD campus this past September. We attended the face to face courses which exceeded all of our expectations! The class size was ideal, and we really appreciated the rare opportunity to get to know the instructors and ask questions during class. The instructors are very knowledgeable in the field and truly want you to succeed! We feel like we have a much clearer picture of the Right of Way industry thanks to the UHD courses. We recommended the ROW certification to anyone that is thinking of becoming a right of way agent, working in title, or administrative/data management."
Erik Logan, Utah
"I’ve worked in restaurants for three years, from dishwasher to kitchen manager. I’m a 12 year veteran of the Utah Army National Guard, and I’ve had to opportunity to train, train with, work with and deploy with the best in the business. I’ve earned a BA in Biology from the University of Utah and have taught and coached for the last 15 years. I provide this background only to lend credence and perspective to the following statement: The Contract Land Staff instructors are among the most professional and knowledgeable I’ve ever had the opportunity to learn from. They know their material from both a theoretical AND a practical standpoint, and have in some cases quite literally written the book on the subject at hand. I have, as a very direct result of the courses, walked away from a head track and field coaching position where I would have also taught Advanced Placement Biology and Chemistry and Biology 1010; essentially my ‘dream job’. I was hired by a Right of Way company PRIOR to completing the last course, and am currently working through familiarization in North Dakota prior to being ‘released into the wild’ as a full Right of Way Agent. This course comes very highly recommended."
Terry Tremonton, Utah
"I was introduced to Right of Way by a good friend who is now successfully working in the ROW industry after leaving his teaching career and graduating from the UHD ROW Certificate Program. I also had been considering making a career change, and ROW sounded like a great option. I started the 6 module ROW certification course in June, with almost no knowledge of the oil/gas pipeline or electrical transmission industries, and 10 weeks later attended the final class receiving the ROW certification. I was very impressed with the professional knowledge and experience each instructor had to share with us students. It was obvious that they wanted us to be successful and learn what we needed. You can feel the love each instructor has for their chosen field in the ROW. This has given me a great deal of knowledge that I can build on as a professional in ROW."
Brodie Salt Lake City, Utah
"The UHD ROW Certificate Program was an excellent program to take. The material was very interesting and concise. The teachers were very approachable, friendly, and helpful. The eight hour days felt a lot shorter. I learned a lot about the Right of Way industry and what it takes to be a top Right of Way agent. I learned about acquisition and title work, the oil and electric industries, how to use a GIS, and a lot more. I would highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to get into the right of way industry or just to brush up on it."
Maria Muskogee, Oklahoma
"I was at a dead end job as far as advancement in salary as well as job position for the past 12 years and realized I needed to look into a career change. A dear friend of mine who worked in the Right of Way Business had sparked my interest in the industry and I began research to make sure this would be something I would be interested in. In my search I found that it was along the same line of work I was doing at the present time and the money was unreal which would lead me to financial independence. I began my job search, sending out resume’s with no response other than “Sorry, we need someone experienced” after about a year my new found interest had lost its spark. Then one day I received an email about the new Right of Way Courses at the University of Houston Downtown; my wheels began to spin once again. Although my money was extremely tight, I made the gamble to attend all 6 courses. It was absolutely the best decision I have ever made. I’m now 7 months into my new career and love it. There’s no way I could make the money I make now doing what I was doing. I’m so thankful I made this gamble to attend these courses, it has definitely paid off."
Joe Corpus Christi, Texas
"I was recently asked by a good friend of mine about how they might get a start in the right of way industry. My immediate response without hesitation was for them to enroll in the UHD Right of Way Certificate Program. I also followed this advice when it was given to me by a good family friend when I asked the very same question.
"After enrolling in the program I soon found myself learning about the industry by not only well versed and courteous instructors but, I was in fact, learning by professional right of way personnel from within the industry itself. These were not just mere instructors teaching how to apply the principles they taught, but a real “who’s who” among right of way professionals and industry leaders with hands on and real life experiences to share with me. Professionals who had already tested and proven what they were teaching. People who have, “talked the talk”, and “walked the walk” of right of way. Upon completion of the program I quickly found placement within the industry, and I am currently living the dream. I believe whether you are looking for an introduction to the ROW industry, or you are already in the industry and are simply attempting to build upon your experience and skills, the UHD Right of Way Certificate Program is your key to success."
Barry Pennington Austin, TX
"I have worked as a university online instructor and professor for over a decade now in other forums and I have to say that I have really enjoyed and benefitted from the UHD online Right of Way (ROW) certification program. I completed six modules and I was amazed by the variety and the effectiveness of the diverse media used in the online classroom presentations. I really felt like I knew my instructors personally and that there was an immediate connection with not only the instructors but also with the curriculum. The curriculum was great and the learning experience was great! I would like to express my thanks to UHD and to Contract Land Staff for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful Online educational experience!"
Jeff Ashcroft North Logan, Utah
"I came to Right Of Way with a variety of work experience indoors and outdoors, blue collar and white collar, working at times with groups of people or other times with no one but myself. I have earned a Master's degree in Education. I was named one of America's Best Still- Life painters. I'm comfortable with group learning, and self-teaching. I love the variety of work and scenery that Right of Way has to offer. It seems that this is a job that offers much to those who enjoy variety while allowing for continual learning and growth for all involved. The courses feature a variety of teaching styles that accomodate every personality and every type of learning. I highly recommend this course. I can't wait to begin field work!"
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