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.
The 2016 ARB training calendar will be posted in early December 2015.
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 email@example.com. The deadline to register is Feb. 13, 2015. There is no onsite registration.
The 2016 ARB training seminar registration form will be posted in early December 2015.
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.
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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call PTAD's Information Services at 1-800-252-9121 (press 1 for the directory, then enter 6-8539).
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Requests for substitutions received after the registration deadline may be limited based upon location capacity.
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.
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.