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Course Catalog

  • Nuts and Bolts of the Land Title Industry

    Designed as part of employee onboarding training. These short videos will help new employees quickly understand the landscape of the industry.

    This training is intended for new employees to the industry to familiarize them with industry terminology and concepts. The training is offered in three video modules:

    • The What of Title Insurance
    • The Who of Title Insurance
    • The How of Title Insurance

    This training tool is free to ALTA Members. Non-Members: $75

  • Title 101

    Title 101 offers instruction on basic principles of the land title insurance industry including Searching, Abstracting, Land Descriptions, Underwriting, Policy Forms, Closing and Escrow, Industry Regulations, and more. Members: $199 / Non-Members: $299

    Title 101 - Intro to Title

    • Basic title industry principles from A to Z
    • Great for onboarding new employees 
    • For those newer to title industry
    • Self-study course with chapters and corresponding quizzes
    • Most students complete the course within two or three months - Access expires one year from the date of enrollment


    Title 101 Objectives:

    • Introduce the student to the basic principles of the land title industry
    • Acquaint students with the title industry's unique terminology
    • Develop a solid foundation of title insurance knowledge 


    Certificate of Completion

    Upon successful completion of the course, a student will be able to download a certificate of course completion. 

    Continuing Education Credit

    Credit is available in certain states.

    Members: $199 / Non-Members: $299

  • Title 201

    Title 201 offers advanced instruction on Easements, Water Rights, Reinsurance,and more. Members: $199 / Non-Members: $299

    Title 201 - Intermediate Title Concepts

    • In-depth learning for the title professional
    • Level up from Title 101
    • Expand your industry knowledge
    • Self-study course with chapters and corresponding quizzes
    • Most students complete the course within two or three months - Access expires one year from the date of enrollment


    Title 201 Objectives:

    • Broaden and deepen the knowledge gained in Title 101
    • Provide an in-depth understanding of real estate principles as they relate to title insurance underwriting and closing transactions
    • Enhance growth opportunities for title insurance professionals


    Certificate of Completion

    Upon successful completion of the course, a student will be able to download a certificate of course completion. 

    Continuing Education Credit

    Credit is available in certain states.

    Members: $199 / Non-Members: $299

  • Understanding Commercial Transactions

    This course is meant to equip the student with the concepts involved in commercial transactions, which tend to be more complex than residential transactions, while expanding the knowledge base of those currently working in the commercial space.

    Understanding Commercial Transactions

    • Overview of commercial transactions in the title industry
    • Designed to assist employees to transition from residential to commercial
    • A comprehensive resource for those already working in the commercial arena
    • An extensive understanding and use of ALTA Policy Forms and endorsements
    • Self-study course with chapters and corresponding quizzes
    • Most students complete the course within two or three months - Access expires one year from the date of enrollment


      Objectives:

      • Prepare the student with the fundamental processes of commercial transactions
      • Expand the knowledge base of those handling these complex transactions
      • Develop core critical skills for navigating the commercial side of the business


      Certificate of Completion

      Upon successful completion of the course, a student will be able to download a certificate of course completion. 

      Continuing Education Credit

      Credit is pending in certain states

      Members: $249 / Non-Members: $349

    • Escrow Accounting Procedures

      Escrow Accounting Procedures teaches a model system of managerial practices designed to minimize risk in handling escrow funds. Members: $150 / Non-Members: $225

      • Escrow Agent Responsibilities 
      • Escrow Accounting Defined
      • Managerial Practices for Funds
      • Escrow Control to Manage Risk
      • Self-study course with video modules and corresponding course quiz
      • BONUS Resource Guide
      • Most students complete the course within two hours - Access expires one year from the date of enrollment


      Escrow Accounting Procedures Course Modules:

      • Escrow Agent: Define fiduciary and how it applies to escrow holders; understand the benefits of handling escrow transactions; and become familiar with basic stewardship issues surrounding escrow transactions.
      • Escrow Accounting: Identify the basic elements of internal control; learn steps to limit risks from fraud, forgery, and unauthorized or improper wire transfers; and understand and appreciate the need for sound escrow accounting procedures.
      • Good Managerial Practices: Learn the basic elements of general control procedures, including handling incoming and outgoing funds and wire transfers; become familiar with essential records and documents; understand the need for reconciling accounts and see examples of two-way and three-way reconciliations; and identify key duties to be segregated among staff.
      • Specific Escrow Control Procedures: Learn procedures for controlling receipts, disbursements and escrow investment accounts; understand the need for legal assistance when dealing with constructions disbursements; and become familiar with escheat - what to look for and what is required.


      Certificate of Completion

      Upon successful completion of the course, a student will be able to download a certificate of course completion. 

      Members: $150 / Non-Members: $225

    • Ethics in the Title Industry

      Ethics in the Title Industry is designed to address title-related ethical issues. Members: $150 / Non-Members: $225

      • Basic Rules & Regulations
      • Market Conduct & Compliance
      • Ethical Challenges & Guidance
      • Creating a Code of Ethics
      • Self-study course with chapters and corresponding course quiz
      • Most students complete the course within two hours - Access expires one year from the date of enrollment


      Ethics in the Title Industry Objectives:

      • Introduce students to the basic rules and regulations surrounding the land title industry and the federal, state and local agencies responsible for compliance regarding those rules and regulations.
      • Acquaint students with the need for proper funds management.
      • Expose students to common fraud schemes and provide methods for avoiding/preventing fraud in the industry.
      • Introduce students to the ALTA Principles of Fair Conduct and discuss how they can act as a guide to assisting title companies and employees.
      • Acquaint students with some of the personal ethical challenges that they may face on the job and provide basic guidance on how to avoid pressure and temptation on the job.
      • Discuss how companies can create a code of ethics in order to set firm objectives for their employees.

      Certificate of Completion

      Upon successful completion of the course, a student will be able to download a certificate of course completion. 

      Continuing Education Credit

      Credit is available in certain states.

      Members: $150 / Non-Members: $225