Online BOE Training Courses

Introduction to Appraising for Property Tax Purposes

This course introduces new real property appraisers and auditor-appraisers to the fundamentals of appraising for property tax purposes. The course will present the various appraisal approaches and significant appraisal principles for all types of property. The course covers the economic aspects and legal definitions of market value and California property tax laws. This 1½ semester unit course concludes with a final examination.

Property tax appraisers usually take this course within one year of receiving temporary certification;  property tax appraisers working for county assessors and the Board of Equalization must receive temporary certification before they may take the certification examination – see the Guidelines for additional information.

Prerequisites:  None

Texts (available online at

Course Credit:

Temporarily certified property tax appraisers who successfully complete this course and pass the certification examination will receive 30 hours of credit towards their annual training requirement.

Instructional Website

This is an online class, taught through American River College, a two‑year public college in the Los Rios Community College District.  It uses the Desire 2 Learn [D2L] web-based course management system.  Students who are not familiar with this eLearning system should view the Student Help Pages on the Los Rios eLearning Web site.  Once you are a student at American River College, you can access the D2L environment through

Note: Assessor's staff should contact their training coordinators for enrollment instructions.

See course description in the Board's listing of Courses and Workshops for Property Tax Appraisers.