Workshops

Workshops: Various hours of instruction with optional examinations.

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Workshop 100 - Understanding Real Property Appraisal

Understanding Real Property Appraisal 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.

Understanding Real Property Appraisal utilizes lectures, classroom discussion, and homework problems to emphasize the main concepts and procedures taught in the course. 

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours - 2 days

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Workshop 150 - Mathematics for Assessors

This two-day workshop is designed to provide the student who plans on attending IAAO programs with an understanding of the mathematical concepts and techniques applied in the appraisal and assessment administration disciplines. It is designed for both the beginning student who has limited knowledge of mathematics and those students who wish 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. This workshop includes an exam. Students will be required to provide their own HP12-C calculator for use in the class. 

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours - 2 days

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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). This workshop includes an exam. 

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours - 2 days

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Workshop 155 - Depreciation Analysis

Depreciation Analysis 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. 

Recommended: Course 101. IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours - 2 days

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Workshop 157 - The Appraisal Uses of Excel Software

The Appraisal Uses of Excel Software Workshop provides the participants with practical, hands-on instruction on the use of Excel to accomplish basic appraisal functions.  Participants will be required to bring a laptop computer with a 2003 or 2007 version of Excel installed.  They will be given a data set and a student reference manual.  The instructor will take them through a series of steps to achieve value estimates for a small data set using the cost, sales comparison and income approaches to value.  Each participant will be allowed to take the completed spreadsheets with them to use in their jurisdictions. 

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours - 2 days

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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.  Highest and best use is an essential step in the mass appraisal process and is necessary before market value estimates can be made.   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, there will be discussion of the unique situations that sometimes arise in a highest and best use analysis.

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours - 2 days

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Workshop 162 - Marshall & Swift Cost Approach (Residential)

This two-day 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.

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours - 2 dayss

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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 more time working several case study problems to assist them in learning how to apply this service. This workshop includes an exam. 

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours - 2 days

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Workshop 171 - IAAO Standards of Professional Practice & Ethics

IAAO's "Code of Ethics, Canons and Standards of Professional Conduct" will be covered. 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. This workshop includes an exam. 

IAAO recertification credit: 7 hours - 1 day

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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. 

IAAO recertification credit: 7 hours – 1 day

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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.

IAAO recertification credit: 7 hours - 1 day

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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." The workshop 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 demonstrate principles discussed. This workshop includes an exam. Recommended: Course 101, 102. 

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours - 2 days

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Workshop 257 – Fundamentals of Industrial Valuation

The Fundamentals of Industrial Valuation is a lecture-type class designed to teach the basics of appraising industry for ad valorem purposes. It is intended to be taught with the IAAO textbook of the same name. 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. This workshop includes an exam. 

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours - 2 days

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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 will provide a good understanding of the various types and uses of land that are classified as agricultural. It will also provide the student 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 will be explained. Crop types and practices that affect classifications and valuations as well as stocking and carrying capacities will be considered. 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 will be taught. Students will also be shown various methods that can be used in the valuation of agricultural lands. 

IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours - 2 ½ days

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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. 

Recommended: Course 101. IAAO recertification credit: 11 hours - 1 ½ days

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Workshop 403 - Property Tax Policy Alternatives and Modules

Workshop 403 was customized from Course 402 Tax Policy and includes topics from modules one, five, and seven. This workshop will provide 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 will be 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. This workshop includes an exam. 

IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours - 2 ½ days 

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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.

Recommended: Course 101. IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours - 2 ½ days

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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. This workshop includes an exam. 

Recommended: Course 500. IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours - 2 ½ days

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Workshop 552 - Basic Personal Property Auditing

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

Recommended: Course 500. IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours - 2 ½ days

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Workshop 553 - Advanced Personal Property Auditing

This workshop expands the understanding of financial records provided in the Basic Personal Property Auditing Workshop and presents advanced discussions of accounting and auditing theory as it relates to fixed assets.  Capitalization techniques will also be discussed.  A case study including sample financial records will be used to "discover" fixed assets that may otherwise be hidden from the appraiser. This workshop includes an exam.

Recommended: Course 500 and Workshop 552. IAAO recertification credit: 18.5 hours - 2 ½ days

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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. 

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours - 2 days

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Workshop 651 - Geographic Information Systems for Assessors

GIS For Assessors is an introductory workshop in IAAO’s Mapping Science Curriculum. This workshop employs a lecture and PowerPoint presentation to illustrate the main concepts of GIS within the scope of assessment administration. If you already have GIS, it is the author’s intentions that this course leaves you thinking about how you currently use your system and consider 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. This workshop includes a Student Reference Manual and an optional exam. 

IAAO recertification credit: 15 hours - 2 days

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Workshop 850 - CAE Case Study Review Workshop

The CAE Case Study Review Workshop provides a comprehensive 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.

Recommended: Course 101, Course 102, Course 112, Course 311 or 312, Course 400 - 18.5 hours CE

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Workshop 851 - RES Case Study Review Workshop

The RES Case Study Review Workshop provides a comprehensive 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.

Recommended: Course 101, Course 102, Course 201, Course 300, Course 311 - 18.5 hours CE

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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 will 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
 • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice

There will also be questions that deal with individual appraisal and assessment administration issues.

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 approximately 14 pages of background information. There is no graded exam.

Recommended: Course 101, Course 102, Course 400, Course 402 - 18.5 hours CE

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Workshop 854 - CMS Case Problem Review Workshop

Workshop 854 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 consisting of: Geometry of the Description, Public Land Survey System, and Rules for Construction of the County Cadastre. Students will be exposed to typical mapping scenarios that they will encounter in the Cadastral Mapping Specialist (CMS) case study. 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.

Recommended: Course 101, Course 600, Course 601 - 15.0 hours CE

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