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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar

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ARB Training

Tax Code Section 5.041 requires the Comptroller's office to approve curricula, provide materials and supervise the training of ARB members. New ARB members are not allowed to participate in hearings or vote on protest determinations until they complete the Comptroller's training course and a statement at the conclusion of the training session agreeing to comply with Tax Code requirements during ARB hearings.

Returning ARB members must complete the Comptroller's continuing education training course and a statement agreeing to comply with Tax Code requirements each year they serve. Please note that because of this requirement, an ARB member beginning the second year of his or her first term is not eligible to participate in hearings or vote on determinations of protest until he or she completes these requirements.

Please ensure that ARB members are timely registered for training sessions that allow them to complete the training requirements prior to the scheduling of ARB hearings. An ARB member who fails to timely complete the course and statement is not eligible to participate in hearings, vote on a determination of protest or be reappointed to an additional term.

Training Calendar

New member training sessions begin promptly at 8 a.m. and conclude at noon. Continuing education sessions begin promptly at 1 p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. All sessions are Central Time Zone, except in El Paso which is Mountain Time Zone. Session check-in is 30 minutes before the start of each training session. Seminar dates and locations are listed below.

Date Location
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Telephone contact
For directions only
Tuesday, Feb. 23

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Bastrop (Live Seminar)
Bastrop Convention Center
1408 Chestnut Str.
Bastrop, TX 78602
Ballrooms A & B
http://goo.gl/7KcOuv
(512) 332-8981
Tuesday, March 1

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Conroe (Live Seminar)
Lone Star Convention Center
9055 Airport Rd.
Conroe, TX 77303
Bluebonnet Ballroom 2
http://goo.gl/cOr3Yl
(936) 538-8000
Tuesday, March 8

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
San Antonio (Live Seminar)
Region 20 Education Service Center
Mac Bernd Professional Development Center
1314 Hines Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78208
Bexar, Atascosa & Bandera
http://goo.gl/rla8MJ
(210) 370-5673
Tuesday, March 22

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Richardson (Live Seminar)
Richardson Civic Center
411 West Arapaho Rd.
Richardson, TX 75083
Grand Hall
http://goo.gl/tWJLSj
(972) 744-4090
Tuesday, March 29

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Lubbock (Live Seminar)
Region 17 Education Service Center
1111 West Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79416
Main Hall
Entrance at Door 7
http://goo.gl/pJaOlt
(806) 281-5866
Tuesday, April 5

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Midland (Live Seminar)
Region 18 Education Service Center
2811 La Force Boulevard
Midland, TX 79706
Conference Center
All 4 Rooms
http://goo.gl/gN00gQ
(432) 563-2380
Wednesday, April 13

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Austin (Telecast)
Region 13 Education Service Center
5701 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78723
https://goo.gl/maps/AAFBquCXcyJ2
Wednesday, April 13

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Beaumont (Telecast)
Region 5 Education Service Center
350 Pine Plaza
Beaumont, TX 77701
http://goo.gl/JxT7Cz
Wednesday, April 13

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Corpus Christi (Telecast)
Region 2 Education Service Center
209 North Water St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
http://goo.gl/yu1Pgu
Wednesday, April 13

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Edinburg (Telecast)
Region 1 Education Service Center
1900 West Schunior Street,
Edinburg, TX 78541
http://goo.gl/KE0zbK
Wednesday, April 13

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Houston (Telecast)
Region 4 Education Service Center
7145 West Tidwell Road
Houston, TX 77092
http://goo.gl/BwWUq4
Wednesday, April 13

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Huntsville (Telecast)
Region 6 Education Service Center
3332 Montgomery Rd.
Huntsville, TX 77340
http://goo.gl/K8ZZ3M
Wednesday, April 13

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Kilgore (Telecast)
Region 7 Education Service Center
1909 N. Longview St.
Kilgore, TX 75662
http://goo.gl/tdlVsd
Wednesday, April 13

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
San Angelo (Telecast)
Region 15 Education Service Center
612 South Irene St.
San Angelo, TX 76903
http://goo.gl/YKjOMZ
Wednesday, April 13

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Victoria (Telecast)
Region 3 Education Service Center
1905 Leary Lane,
Rooms 126 and 127
Victoria, TX 77901
http://goo.gl/cFelvx
Wednesday, April 13

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Waco (Telecast)
Region 12 Education Service Center
2101 West Loop 340
Waco, TX 76712
http://goo.gl/6V2GCk
Wednesday, April 13

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Wichita Falls (Telecast)
Region 9 Education Service Center
301 Loop 11
Wichita Falls, TX 76306
http://goo.gl/jj5xuUQ
Tuesday, April 19

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
El Paso (Live Seminar)
Region 19 Education Service Center
6611 Boeing Dr.
El Paso, TX 79925-1010
Paso Del Norte Rm. 1 and 2
http://goo.gl/imBz0e
(915) 780-1919
Tuesday, April 26

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Amarillo (Live Seminar)
Amarillo College
1314 South Polk Dr.
Amarillo, Texas 79101
Business & Industry Center Rm. 100
http://goo.gl/vvDj8A
(806) 371-2915
Tuesday, May 3

New Member Training
Continuing Education Training
Pittsburg (Live Seminar)
Region 8 Education Service Center
4845 HWY 271 North
Pittsburg, TX 75686
Conference Center, 3rd floor
http://goo.gl/Gvv1YV
(903) 575-2784

Training Registration

Registration Forms

The deadline to register is Feb. 12, 2016. There is no onsite registration. To register for an ARB seminar:

  • download the Excel registration form;
  • complete it using the drop down boxes (the little arrow on the side of the cell box);
  • save a copy of this as an Excel file (Do not save it as a pdf file.); and
  • email the form file to ptad.arb@cpa.texas.gov (Do not mail or fax these forms; only emailed forms are accepted.)

2016 ARB training seminar registration form

Late registration may require an ARB member to attend training at another location if the requested location is full. If ARB members are not appointed at the time of registration, enter TBA (To Be Appointed) to hold a slot at a particular location. ARB members receive priority at registration.

Registration Fees

The registration fee is $35 for an ARB member. The deadline for registration is Feb. 13, 2016. Register ARB members at the earliest available training session to allow opportunity to attend a later training session should they need to reschedule. Appraisal district staff may attend for free as space allows, but must be registered by the regular deadline.

Appraisal district staff registering ARB members should email or print the Informational Guide to Appraisal Review Board New Member and Continuing Education Training Seminars and provide it for ARB members to bring with them to the training session.

Make the registration check payable to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and mail it to Liz Alvarado at:

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Property Tax Assistance Division
1711 San Jacinto
Austin, Texas, 78701
Attn: Liz Alvarado

Please send any questions by email to ptad.arb@cpa.texas.gov or call PTAD's Information Services at 1-800-252-9121 (press 1 for the directory, then enter 5-1826).

Refunds

An appraisal district may request a refund prior to the registration deadline if an ARB member cannot attend a previously scheduled seminar. All refund requests must be in writing. To request a refund send an email to ptad.arb@cpa.texas.gov that includes:

  • the registrant’s name;
  • scheduled seminar date;
  • reason for requesting the refund; and
  • the check number of the original payment.

Refund requests must be received by Feb. 12, 2016. Refund requests received after that date will be processed after the end of the ARB season and may be subject to availability of funds.

Transfers and Substitutes

To transfer a registration to a different training session at no additional charge, send an email to ptad.arb@cpa.texas.gov including:

  • the registrant’s name;
  • the original registered seminar date;
  • the new seminar date; and
  • the check number of the original payment.

To substitute a registrant at no additional charge, send an email to ptad.arb@cpa.texas.gov that includes:

  • the original registrant and seminar date;
  • substituting registrant and seminar date and;
  • the check number of the original payment.

Requests for transfers and substitutions received after the registration deadline may be limited based upon location capacity.

Late registrants and registrants transferring to a different session within four days of the requested seminar date must print a copy of the Appraisal Review Board Manual or Continuing Education Course for Appraisal Review Board Members manual, as applicable, and the Informational Guide to Appraisal Review Board New Member and Continuing Education Training Seminars to bring to the training session.

Training Day Information

Session check-in is 30 minutes before the start of the training session which will begin promptly. Registrants must verify attendance by initialing the attendance sheet next to their name and pick up a copy of either the Appraisal Review Board Manual or the Continuing Education Course for Appraisal Review Board Members manual, as appropriate for their training session.

New member training sessions begin promptly at 8 a.m. and conclude at noon. Continuing education sessions begin promptly at 1 p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.

Session Starts Concludes
New member 8 a.m. Noon
Continuing education 1 p.m. 5 p.m.

At the end of each training session, attendees must sign and return the sworn statement indicating agreement to comply with Tax Code requirements. ARB members who submit signed certificates early or who leave prior to submitting the statement of compliance will not receive training certificates. Forms will only be collected at the training locations.

Non-ARB members must sign the attendance sheets at the beginning and end of class for the morning and afternoon sessions to verify attendance for each course.

While circumstances beyond an ARB member’s control may lead to late arrival to a training session or require an ARB member to leave early, the Comptroller’s office will not award certificates of completion to attendees who do not attend the entire training session.

ARB members who are unable to attend the session for which they registered or who fail to complete the session may attend another session at no additional charge.

Coffee and water will be provided at all live seminar locations and at some telecast locations. Attendees will be on their own for lunch. Parking should be available at no charge.

Certificates and Continuing Education Credit

Certificates of course completion will be emailed to the respective appraisal districts for ARB members and appraisal district employees who complete the training.

Continuing education credit of 3.75 hours is available with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) for property tax professionals. A TDLR number must be provided at registration to receive continuing education credit.

Please allow four weeks for continuing education credit to be posted with TDLR.

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