Course Offerings

Lister Training

Certification Credit: VPA I
Prerequisite: N/A
Tuition: Municipal Officers: $75.00    Non Municipal: $100.00
Instructor:  PVR District Advisors
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

This two-day course provides a thorough overview of the job of a lister. You will learn about the various responsibilities of the office including lodging a grand list, downloading homestead declarations, and the obligations of the office. Attention is given to schedules, exemptions, current use calculation, and office administration.

Advanced Lister Training

Certification Credit: Re-certification Credit
Prerequisite: New Lister Training or Equivalent
Tuition: Municipal Officers: $75.00   Non Municipal: $100.00
Instructor:  PVR District Advisors
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

This class is designed for listers who have had three or more years of experience in their office and have attended New Lister Training. It covers the equalization study, along with a brief introduction to the various statistics within the study, tracking the market, reappraisal requirements, and utility valuation.

Current Use

Certification Credit: Certificate Provided
Prerequisite: None
Tuition: Municipal Officers: $75.00   Non Municipal: $100.00
Instructor:  PVR District Advisors and Current Use Chief
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

This course will cover and review all of the statutory changes enacted in the current calendar year as well as offer examples of how you as a lister will calculate excluded land for allocation. The Land Use Change Tax (LUCT) is now an ongoing task, and this seminar will walk you through all the related duties and expectations. A must for both new and seasoned listers and assessors, this course is open to all listers and assessors.

Data Collection

Certification Credit: VPA II
Prerequisite: Lister Training
Tuition: Municipal Officers: $100.00   Non Municipal: $150.00
Instructor:  PVR District Advisors
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

This four-day course is designed to train listers and others interested in the fine art of data collection and property inspection. It also covers the type of information a data collector needs to complete the data collection sheet in a manner that will generate a value using the MicroSolve CAMA program, as well as providing background for other systems. Topics include grading factors, determining quality and condition, and the data collector’s role in reappraisal. This course will be of interest to listers, assessors, appraisers, and mass appraisal firms.

State Statutes and Rules of Property Assessment: "There Must be Law"

Certification Credit: VPA III
Prerequisite: Lister Training
Tuition: Municipal Officers: $75.00   Non Municipal: $100.00
Instructor:  PVR District Advisors and Jim Knapp
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Learn from PVR District Advisors and former Director of PVR and real estate attorney Jim Knapp about the state statutes and rules regarding property assessment. Join with your colleagues to explore the sources of the law that regulate the process of establishing value and assessing property taxes. We will look at the major sources of laws, the constitution, statutes, cases and regulations. The sessions will provide you with the tools to find statutes, cases and regulations from various online resources and in the published materials.  The class will focus on the laws applicable the tasks that municipal assessing officials perform.

The discussions will include:

  • The sources of law
  • How laws are created and changed
  • How to find the law in the books and how to use online resources
  • How the judicial system operates and how cases are tried
  • Reading court decisions and how judges apply the law to factual situations

You will need to bring Title 32 and the index volume or a tablet/computer to access the online resources.

This course is a requirement for the Vermont Property Appraiser Level III certification. 

IAAO 101: Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal

Certification Credit: VPA II and IAAO Recertification Credit
Prerequisite: N/A
Tuition: Municipal Officers: $400.00   Non Municipal: $450.00
Instructor: Dave Cornell
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

The Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal is designed to provide the students with an understanding and working knowledge of the procedures and techniques required to estimate the market value of vacant and improved properties. This course concentrates on the skills necessary for estimating the market value of properties using two approaches to value: the cost approach and the sales comparison approach. The Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal utilizes lectures, classroom discussion, and homework problems to emphasize the main concepts and procedures taught in the course. 

Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) Courses

Certification Credit: TBD
Prerequisite: N/A
Tuition: TBD

All Vermont towns use the New England Municipal Resource Center (NEMRC) Grand List program and most towns use MicroSolve, a CAMA product that is supplied by NEMRC and the Marshall & Swift assessment program. The demand for computer courses has increased considerably in the past few years, along with the expectation of new learning environments.

For information on upcoming computer labs check the VALA and NEMRC websites.

Towns not using the NEMRC or Marshall & Swift/Boeckl programs should check with their CAMA provider for educational opportunities.


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