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.
Texts (available online at www.boe.ca.gov):
- Assessors' Handbook section 501, Basic Appraisal
- Assessors’ Handbook section 531, Residential Building Costs
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.
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 https://d2l.losrios.edu.
- American River College course listing for online Property Tax courses – Fall 2015
Classes begin on August 22, 2015 and November 3, 2015.
- Register for online course
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.