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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. ARB members are not allowed to participate in hearings until they complete the Comptroller's training course and a statement agreeing to comply with Tax Code requirements during ARB hearings.

During the second year of an ARB members term, the ARB member must complete the Comptroller's continuing education training course and complete a statement agreeing to comply with Tax Code requirements during ARB hearings. An ARB member who fails to timely complete the course is not eligible to participate in hearings, vote on a determination of protest or be reappointed to an additional term.

ARB members must complete the Comptroller's continuing education training course and complete 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 the Comptroller's continuing education training course and a statement agreeing to comply with Tax Code requirements during ARB hearings. 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.

The Comptroller's Property Tax Assistance Division (PTAD) conducts ARB training seminars across the state between February and May each year. Training seminars are offered as live seminars and as telecast seminars. Live seminars are taught by an instructor in the room with the audience. Telecast seminars are taught with the instructor in Austin and the audience in a variety of locations, watching on large screens. Attendees at the remote telecast locations are able to participate and ask questions during the training.

Training Calendar

Live seminars will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. Central Time Zone, except in El Paso which is Mountain Time Zone. Telecast seminars will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. Session check-in is 30 minutes before the start of each training session. Seminar dates and locations are listed below.

Date Location
(Click on link for map)
Telephone contact
For directions only
Tuesday, Feb. 24
New Member Training

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Continuing Education Training
Bastrop (Live Seminar)
Bastrop Convention Center
1408 Chestnut Str.
Bastrop, TX 78602
New Members: Rooms 1-4
Continuing: Ballrooms A & B
http://goo.gl/7KcOuv
(512) 332-8981
Tuesday, March 3
New Member Training

Wednesday, March 4
Continuing Education Training
Conroe (Live Seminar)
Lone Star Community Center
2500 Lone Star Parkway
Montgomery, TX 77356
New Members: Cissy Boulware
Continuing: Cissy Boulware
http://goo.gl/maps/TVi06
(936) 5978-5231
Tuesday, March 17
New Member Training

Wednesday, March 18
Continuing Education Training
Arlington (Live Seminar)
Arlington ISD
Mac Bernd Professional Development Center
1111 W. Arbrook Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76015
New Members: Room 301 A
Continuing: Room 301 A & B
http://goo.gl/maps/vFgQKe
(682) 867-7502
Wednesday, March 18
New Member Training
Thursday, March 19
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
Wednesday, March 25
New Member Training
Thursday, March 26
Continuing Education Training
San Antonio (Live Seminar)
Region 20 Education Service Center
1314 Hines Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78208
New Members: Hickory, Laurel & Magnolia
Continuing: Bexar, Atascosa & Bandera
http://goo.gl/rla8MJ
(210) 370-5673
Tuesday, March 31
New Member Training
Wednesday, April 1
Continuing Education Training
Beaumont (Telecast)
Region 5 Education Service Center
350 Pine Plaza
Beaumont, TX 77701
http://goo.gl/JxT7Cz
Tuesday, March 31
New Member Training
Wednesday, April 1
Continuing Education Training
Corpus Christi (Telecast)
Region 2 Education Service Center
209 North Water St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
http://goo.gl/yu1Pgu
Tuesday, March 31
New Member Training
Wednesday, April 1
Continuing Education Training
Edinburg (Telecast)
Region 1 Education Service Center
1900 West Schunior Street,
Edinburg, TX 78541
http://goo.gl/KE0zbK
Tuesday, March 31
New Member Training
Wednesday, April 1
Continuing Education Training
Houston (Telecast)
Region 4 Education Service Center
7145 West Tidwell Road
Houston, TX 77092
http://goo.gl/BwWUq4
Tuesday, March 31
New Member Training
Wednesday, April 1
Continuing Education Training
Huntsville (Telecast)
Region 6 Education Service Center
3332 Montgomery Rd.
Huntsville, TX 77340
http://goo.gl/K8ZZ3M
Tuesday, March 31
New Member Training

Wednesday, April 1
Continuing Education Training
Kilgore (Telecast)
Region 7 Education Service Center
1909 N. Longview St.
Kilgore, TX 75662
http://goo.gl/tdlVsd
Tuesday, March 31
New Member Training

Wednesday, April 1
Continuing Education Training
Midland (Telecast)
Region 18 Education Service Center
2811 La Force Boulevard
Midland, TX 79706
http://goo.gl/gN00gQ
Tuesday, March 31
New Member Training

Wednesday, April 1
Continuing Education Training
Victoria (Telecast)
Region 3 Education Service Center
1905 Leary Lane
Victoria, TX 77901
http://goo.gl/cFelvx
Tuesday, March 31
New Member Training

Wednesday, April 1
Continuing Education Training
Waco (Telecast)
Region 12 Education Service Center
2101 West Loop 340
Waco, TX 76712
http://goo.gl/6V2GCk
Tuesday, March 31
New Member Training

Wednesday, April 1
Continuing Education Training
Wichita Falls (Telecast)
Region 9 Education Service Center
301 Loop 11
Wichita Falls, TX 76306
http://goo.gl/jj5xuUQ
Tuesday, April 7
New Member Training
Wednesday, April 8
Continuing Education Training
Lubbock (Live Seminar)
Region 17 Education Service Center
1111 West Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79416
Main Hall
http://goo.gl/pJaOlt
(806) 281-5866
Tuesday, April 14
New Member Training
Wednesday, April 15
Continuing Education Training
El Paso (Live Seminar)
Region 19 Education Service Center
6611 Boeing Dr.
El Paso, TX 79925-1010
New Members: Paso Del Norte Rm. 1
Continuing: Paso Del Norte Rm. 1&2
http://goo.gl/imBz0e
(915) 780-1919
Tuesday, April 21
New Member Training
Wednesday, April 22
Continuing Education Training
Amarillo (Live Seminar)
Amarillo College
1340 South Polk Dr.
Amarillo, Texas 79101
Business & Industry Center Rm. 100
http://goo.gl/vvDj8A
(806) 371-2915
Tuesday, April 28
New Member Training
Wednesday, April 29
Continuing Education Training
Pittsburg (Live Seminar)
Region 8 Education Service Center
4845 HWY 217 North
Pittsburg, TX 75686
Room 2-South
http://goo.gl/Gvv1YV
(903) 575-2784
Tuesday, May 5
New Member Training
Wednesday, May 6
Continuing Education Training
San Angelo (Live Seminar)
Region 15 Education Service Center
612 South Irene St.
San Angelo, TX 76903
New Members: Llano
Continuing: Bluebonnet
http://goo.gl/YKjOMZ
(325) 658-6571
Monday, May 11
New Member Training
Tuesday, May 12
Continuing Education Training
Beaumont (Telecast)
Region 5 Education Service Center
350 Pine Plaza
Beaumont, TX 77701
http://goo.gl/JxT7Cz
Monday, May 11
New Member Training
Tuesday, May 12
Continuing Education Training
Corpus Christi (Telecast)
Region 2 Education Service Center
209 North Water St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
http://goo.gl/yu1Pgu
Monday, May 11
New Member Training
Tuesday, May 12
Continuing Education Training
Edinburg (Telecast)
Region 1 Education Service Center
1900 West Schunior Street,
Edinburg, TX 78541
http://goo.gl/KE0zbK
Monday, May 11
New Member Training
Tuesday, May 12
Continuing Education Training
Houston (Telecast)
Region 4 Education Service Center
7145 West Tidwell Road
Houston, TX 77092
http://goo.gl/BwWUq4
Monday, May 11
New Member Training
Tuesday, May 12
Continuing Education Training
Huntsville (Telecast)
Region 6 Education Service Center
3332 Montgomery Rd.
Huntsville, TX 77340
http://goo.gl/K8ZZ3M
Monday, May 11
New Member Training
Tuesday, May 12
Continuing Education Training
Kilgore (Telecast)
Region 7 Education Service Center
1909 N. Longview St.
Kilgore, TX 75662
http://goo.gl/tdlVsd
Monday, May 11
New Member Training
Tuesday, May 12
Continuing Education Training
Midland (Telecast)
Region 18 Education Service Center
2811 La Force Boulevard
Midland, TX 79706
http://goo.gl/gN00gQ
Monday, May 11
New Member Training
Tuesday, May 12
Continuing Education Training
Victoria (Telecast)
Region 3 Education Service Center
1905 Leary Lane
Victoria, TX 77901
http://goo.gl/cFelvx
Monday, May 11
New Member Training
Tuesday, May 12
Continuing Education Training
Waco (Telecast)
Region 12 Education Service Center
2101 West Loop 340
Waco, TX 76712
http://goo.gl/6V2GCk
Monday, May 11
New Member Training
Tuesday, May 12
Continuing Education Training
Wichita Falls (Telecast)
Region 9 Education Service Center
301 Loop 11
Waco, TX 76712
http://goo.gl/jj5xuUQ

Training Registration

Registration Forms

To register for an ARB seminar, complete the Excel form below using the drop down boxes (the little arrow on the side of the cell box) provided for registering all attendees, and save a copy of this Excel spreadsheet. (Do not save it as a pdf file.) Do not mail or fax these forms. Instead, email the completed Excel form to ptad.arb@cpa.texas.gov. The deadline to register is Feb. 13, 2015. There is no onsite registration.

2015 Appraisal Review Board 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 $50 for an ARB member. The deadline for regular registration is Feb. 13, 2015. An early bird registration of $45 for ARB members is available until Jan. 23, 2015. The fees and deadlines for early bird and regular registration are outlined below. Appraisal district staff may attend for free as space allows, but must be registered by the regular deadline.

Session Early Bird Registration Deadline Jan. 23, 2015 Regular Registration Deadline Feb. 13, 2015
New Member $45 $50
Continuing Education $45 $50

Register ARB members at the earliest available training session to allow opportunity to attend a later training session should they need to reschedule.

Make your registration check payable to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Mail your registration check to Devon Donald at:

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

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 6-8539).

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 including the registrant’s name, scheduled seminar date, reason for requesting the refund and the check number of the original payment to ptad.arb@cpa.texas.gov.

Refund requests must be received by Feb. 13, 2015. 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 including the registrant’s name, the original registered seminar date, the new seminar date, and the check number of the original payment to ptad.arb@cpa.texas.gov. Request for transfers received after the registration deadline may be limited based upon location capacity.

To substitute a registrant at no additional charge, send an email identifying the original registrant and seminar date, substituting registrant and seminar date, and the check number of the original payment to ptad.arb@cpa.texas.gov. Requests for substitutions received after the registration deadline may be limited based upon location capacity.

Training Day Information

Session check-in is 30 minutes before the start of the training session. 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, as appropriate for their training session. Live seminars will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. Telecast seminars will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 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 leave prior to submitting the statement of compliance will not receive training certificates. Forms will only be collected at the training locations. Registrants who submit signed certificates early will not receive training credit.

Non-ARB members must sign the attendance sheets for the morning and afternoon sessions to verify attendance for the entire 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.

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.

Post-Training Information

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 6.5 hours is available with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) for property tax professionals. Be sure to include and verify correctness of your TDLR number when you register to be eligible to receive the continuing education credit.

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

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