Workshops

Workshops: Various hours of instruction with optional examinations.

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Workshop 100 - Understanding Real Property Appraisal

This workshop is designed to provide the students with a basic understanding of the procedures and techniques used within a mass appraisal office.  This workshop introduces students to some of the concepts involved in using two approaches to value: the cost approach and the sales comparison approach. 

Workshop duration: 2 days
IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours 

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Workshop 150 - Mathematics for Assessors

This workshop is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the mathematical concepts and techniques applied in the appraisal and assessment administration disciplines. It is designed for both the beginning students, who has limited knowledge of mathematics, as well as those students who want to refresh their mathematical skills. Topics covered include a review of the basic mathematical functions, negative numbers, decimals, percentages, exponents, roots, mathematical notation, algebra, statistics, and graphs. Students who participate in this course are required to provide their own HP12-C calculator for use during the course. 

Workshop duration: 2 days
Exam included: Yes
IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours 

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Workshop 151 – Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (National)

This workshop covers materials from The Appraisal Foundation, Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice which includes: definitions, preamble, ethics rule, record keeping rule, competency rule, scope of work rule, jurisdictional exception rule and standards 1 through 3, and 6 through 10. Supplementary materials include The Appraisal Foundation Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)

Workshop duration: 2 days
Exam included: Yes

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours 

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Workshop 155 - Depreciation Analysis

This workshop provides a comprehensive, advanced treatment of the techniques of estimating depreciation of residential property. Through a series of market oriented case studies and demonstration problems, types of depreciation and generally recognized methods for measuring depreciation are covered, with emphasis on the observed condition method. Depreciation measurements are applied to a single subject property, providing experience in analyzing the advantages and limitations of each method. This workshop includes an exam. 

Prerequisites: Course 101
Workshop duration: 2 days
Exam included: Yes

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours 

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Workshop 157 - The Appraisal Uses of Excel Software

This workshop provides students with practical, hands-on instruction on the use of Excel to accomplish basic appraisal functions. To take this course, students are required to bring a laptop computer with a Excel version 2003 or 2007 installed and will receive a data set and a student reference manual. During this course, students will learn how to achieve value estimates for a small data set using the cost, sales comparison and income approaches to value.  Each student will have the opportunity to take their completed spreadsheets with them for use in their jurisdictions. 

Prerequisites: Laptop with Excel version 2003 or 2007 installed
Workshop duration: 2 days
IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours 

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Workshop 158 - Highest and Best Use

Highest and best use is a concept in real estate appraisal in which market value is achieved by the reasonably and probable legal land use that results in the highest value and is an essential step in the mass appraisal process that is required before the creation of market value estimates. Local law may mandate preferential assessments according to specific land uses such as agricultural, historic and so forth rather than the highest and best use. This workshop is designed to provide students with a more in-depth study and understanding of the role and purpose of highest and best use in the appraisal process. Finally, this course will feature discussions of the unique situations that sometimes arise in a highest and best use analysis.

Workshop duration: 2 days
IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours 

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Workshop 162 - Marshall & Swift Cost Approach (Residential)

This workshop provides an understanding of how to utilize Marshall & Swift Residential Cost Manuals. Several case studies are used to enhance the ability to apply this information. 

Workshop duration: 2 days
Exam included: Yes
IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours 

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Workshop 163 - Marshall & Swift Cost Approach (Commercial)

This workshop is designed to teach participants how to use the Marshall & Swift Commercial Valuation Guide. Participants will spend time working several case study problems to assist them in learning how to apply this service. 

Workshop duration: 2 days
Exam included: Yes
IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours 

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Workshop 171 - IAAO Standards of Professional Practice & Ethics

IAAO's "Code of Ethics, Canons and Standards of Professional Conduct" is covered in this course. This workshop is designed to provide performance standards for real property, mass, business and personal property appraisal and consulting. Case studies and exercises illustrate the material. 

Workshop duration: 1 day
Exam included: Yes
IAAO recertification credit: 7 hours 

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Workshop 181 - 7-Hour National USPAP Update for Mass Appraisal

This workshop is a National 7-hour USPAP Update offered for continuing education for licensure and certification through The Appraisal Foundation. The workshop provides a general overview of USPAP guidelines, advisory opinions, statements, and other appraisal practices with discussion, illustrations and case studies focused on issues relevant to the daily practice of mass appraisers. The course is updated yearly to address changes to USPAP and common misunderstandings. 

Workshop duration: 1 day

IAAO recertification credit: 7 hours 

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Workshop 191 – 7-Hour National USPAP Update

This workshop is a National 7-hour USPAP Update offered for continuing education for licensure and certification through The Appraisal Foundation. The workshop provides a general overview of USPAP guidelines, advisory opinions, statements, and other appraisal practices. The course is updated yearly to address changes to USPAP and common misunderstandings.

Workshop duration: 1 day
IAAO recertification credit: 7 hours 

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Workshop 252 - Valuing Property Affected by Environmental Contamination

This workshop is designed for the appraiser who needs to understand how to deal with valuation of contaminated properties. The course is based on the IAAO "Standard on the Valuation of Property Affected by Environmental Contamination" and addresses all of the issues presented in the standard, including: definitions and terminology, types of contaminating substances, effects of technology, factors affecting value, application of the three approaches to value, government regulations, and recent court decisions. Case problems are included to reinforce discussed principles. 

Prerequisites: Course 101, Course 102
Workshop duration: 2 days
Exam included: Yes
IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours 


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Workshop 257 – Fundamentals of Industrial Valuation

This workshop is a lecture-type class designed to teach the basics of appraising industry for ad valorem purposes. Although the course teaches fundamentals for industrial valuation, it does not teach general appraisal fundamentals, and is recommended only for students who have a basic knowledge of appraisal theory. Although it includes specific appraisal instruction, the course is also meant to teach an overview of industrial appraising, which should be valuable to appraisal supervisors and assessors, as well as appraisers. 

Workshop duration: 2 days
Exam included: Yes

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours 

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Workshop 260 – Valuation of Agricultural Land

Agriculture has always played a major role in the development of civilization and this class provides a good understanding of the various types and uses of land that are classified as agricultural. It also provides students with an understanding of the need for some type of preferential assessment, and will discuss historical as well as current land tax policy. The current assessment policies in various states as well as Federal Programs are also discussed.  Crop types and practices that affect classifications and valuations as well as stocking and carrying capacities are also part of the course discussion. Methods for describing land and the classification of soils by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) as well as understanding soil structures and the textural triangle are also topics featured in this course.

Workshop duration: 2.5 days

IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours 

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Workshop 354 – Multiple Regression Analysis for Real Property Valuation

This workshop provides an understanding of the mechanics and application of multiple regression analysis (MRA) in property valuation, as well as instruction in gathering and qualifying data for MRA application. The workshop shows how to develop and use MRA equations as appraisal tools and how to evaluate, using measures of goodness of fit and variable importance, the results of an MRA based practical drill and demonstration problems, and how to follow step by step explanations of the MRA process. Although the workshop is open to anyone wishing to acquire a greater understanding of MRA as an appraisal tool, it is particularly valuable for those whose offices are considering using MRA valuation techniques or whose assessments are reviewed by a supervisory agency using MRA. An understanding of both the sales comparison approach and fundamental appraisal statistics is assumed. This workshop includes an exam. 

Prerequisites: Course 101
Workshop duration: 1.5 days
Exam included: Yes
IAAO recertification credit: 11 hours 

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Workshop 403 - Property Tax Policy Alternatives and Modules

This workshop was customized from Course 402 Tax Policy and includes topics from modules one, five, and seven. This workshop provides students with an understanding of public and private sector roles, how state and local governments raise revenue, tax abatements and California-type control and the roles of property tax assessors in policy. Additional topics discussed include the features of a model assessment system and property tax system, budget and rate driven systems (state and local roles, advantages and disadvantages of current market value as a base for property tax and exemptions and controls on property tax). Issues relating to other taxes and contrasting their use strengths and weaknesses with those of property tax and major legal issues in property tax are discussed as well. The workshop is designed for assessment administrators and students of taxation, as well as professional policy advisors who guide and make decision in the area of tax policy on a regular basis. 

Workshop duration: 2.5 days
Exam included: Yes
IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours 

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Workshop 452 - Fundamentals of Assessment Ratio Studies

This workshop provides a very basic introduction to the development and uses of assessment sales ratio studies based upon the IAAO Standards on Ratio Studies: January, 2007.  The workshop covers the topics of sales analysis, sampling, and the development of assessment ratio studies. The workshop also covers managerial and technical issues, which include staffing, timing of studies, use of study results, statistical testing and assessment regressivity and progressivity. This workshop includes an exam.

Prerequisites: Course 101

Workshop duration: 2.5 days
Exam included: Yes
IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours 

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Workshop 551 - Valuation of Machinery and Equipment

This workshop is designed to provide a formal, systematic, comprehensive program of study for those who assess personal property, specifically machinery and equipment.  The very nature of most personal property item provides a challenge in proper valuation – the diversity, mobility or adaptability, and the forces affecting value of personal property frequently make it far more difficult than real property to discover, list and value.  The end goal in the appraisal of machinery and equipment is an estimation of market value that is both accurate and equitable.  There are three accepted approaches to value.  The content of this workshop includes specific application of the three approaches. 

Prerequisites: Course 500

Workshop duration: 2.5 days
Exam included: Yes
IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours 

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Workshop 552 - Basic Personal Property Auditing

This workshop provides a foundation for understanding basic financial records and discusses those records related to fixed assets. The balance sheet, depreciation schedule, and income statement are described and discussed in much detail. Emphasis is placed on the pertinent data relevant to the personal property appraiser. After this course, students will have the ability to use basic financial records and conduct "audits" of smaller businesses. This workshop includes an exam.

Prerequisites: Course 500

Workshop duration: 2.5 days
Exam included: Yes
IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours 

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Workshop 553 - Advanced Personal Property Auditing

This workshop expands the understanding of financial records provided Workshop 552 and presents advanced discussions of accounting and auditing theory as it relates to fixed assets.  Capitalization techniques are also discussed.  A case study, including sample financial records, is used to "discover" fixed assets that may otherwise be hidden from the appraiser. 

Prerequisites: Course 500, Workshop 552

Workshop duration: 2.5 days
Exam included: Yes
IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours 

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Workshop 650 - Cadastral Mapping

This workshop introduces assessment mapping and related information. It covers the functions and types of assessment maps, mapping techniques, methods of conveying property rights, base maps, land description systems, work maps, parcel identification, mapping system maintenance, and the use of computers in mapping. Practical exercises illustrate the mapping procedures described in the text. This workshop includes an exam. 

Workshop duration: 2 days
Exam included: Yes

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours

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Workshop 651 - Geographic Information Systems for Assessors

This is an introductory workshop in the IAAO’s mapping science curriculum. This workshop features discussions that illustrate GIS main concepts within the scope of assessment administration. If you already have GIS, the goal of this course is to have you thinking about how you currently use your system and considering possible new uses that will make you more productive at your job. If you do not have GIS, this course provides you with the knowledge to get started. 

Workshop duration: 2 days
Exam included: Yes (Optional)

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours

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Workshop 850 - CAE Case Study Review Workshop

This workshop provides a topical review and case study for the valuation of commercial property. Participants are to have had at least the basic appraisal courses and have experience in the appraisal of commercial property. This is not an introductory workshop. The workshop is approximately 25% lecture and 75% problem solving. There are seven sections consisting of: General Appraisal, Land Valuation, Cost Approach, Depreciation, Sales Comparison Approach, Gross Rent Multiplier and Ratio Studies and Statistics.

During the final four hours of the workshop, the students will take a practice case study followed by approximately one-hour of reviewing the case study solutions. The practice case study has fifty questions and ten pages of narrative about the subject jurisdiction and subject property. There is no graded exam.

Prerequisites: Course 101, Course 102, Course 112, Course 311 or 312, Course 400
Workshop duration: 2.5 days
Exam included: No (Practice case study only)

IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours

Workshop 851 - RES Case Study Review Workshop

This workshop provides a topical review and case study for the valuation of residential property. Participants are to have had at least the basic appraisal courses and have experience in the appraisal of residential property. This is not an introductory workshop. The workshop is approximately 25% lecture and 75% problem solving. There are seven sections consisting of: General Appraisal, Land Valuation, Cost Approach, Depreciation, Sales Comparison Approach, Gross Rent Multiplier and Ratio Studies and Statistics.

During the final four hours of the workshop, the students will take a practice case study followed by approximately one-hour of reviewing the case study solutions. The practice case study has fifty questions and ten pages of narrative about the subject jurisdiction and subject property. There is no graded exam.

Prerequisites: Course 101, Course 102, Course 112, Course 311
Workshop duration: 2.5 days
Exam included: No (Practice case study only)

IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours

Workshop 852 - AAS Case Study Review Workshop

The AAS Case Study Review Workshop will cover topics from the various required courses for the AAS Designation. Topics include assessment administration (budgeting and planning). the three approaches to value (cost, sales comparison, and income), the economic principles of appraisal, highest & best use, time & physical characteristic adjustments, aspects of appraisal accuracy (levels of appraisal and uniformity), calculations of statistical items such as the median, mean, coefficient of dispersion (COD), & standard deviation, tax policy issues, and Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Individual appraisal and assessment administration issues questions are also included.

During the final four hours of the workshop, students will take a practice case study followed by approximately one-hour of reviewing the case study solutions. The practice case study has fifty questions and approximately 14 pages of background information. There is no graded exam.

Prerequisites: Course 101, Course 102, Course 400, Course 402
Workshop duration: 2.5 days
Exam included: No (Practice case study only)

IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours

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Workshop 854 - CMS Case Problem Review Workshop

This workshop provides a comprehensive review of the methods and applications of cadastral mapping. Participants are to have had IAAO's two mapping science courses and experience in cadastral mapping. This is not an introductory workshop. There are three sections included in this course: Geometry of the Description, Public Land Survey System, and Rules for Construction of the County Cadastre. Students are exposed to typical mapping scenarios that they will encounter in the Cadastral Mapping Specialist (CMS) case problem. Each exercise is followed by a discussion of the solution. The workshop is approximately 30% lecture and 70% problem solving. There is no graded exam.

Prerequisites: Course 101, Course 600, Course 601
Workshop duration: 2.1 days
Exam included: No (Practice case study only)
IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours

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