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New Webinar: Vermont State Statutes, Appeals and Real Estate Law for Municipal Officers. Register today.


Thank you for your interest in our course offerings for listers and assessors. We are confident that these courses will help you develop and refine your assessment skills to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Courses presented by Property Valuation and Review are offered free of charge to municipal officials.

Grants are available for municipal officials who must commute 50 miles or more one way and applications must be received prior to the date of the event(s). Classes that are scheduled after July 1, 2020 will require the 2020-2021 Grant Application.

Submit a Grant Application

How to Register

Please sign up only once for any course offered and note that a few courses are offered in multiple regions. Classes are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. It is critical that you register prior to arriving to a class to ensure we have a seat and materials for you, and will not be not exceeding capacity at the venue.

To register, please select the course(s) or webinar(s) you are interested in attending and complete the online registration form. Please contact us with questions at or (802) 828-5860.

Requirements to Register

  • You must be in good standing with the Vermont Department of Taxes
  • Currently be an elected lister or assessor in Vermont
  • Working in the field of assessment in Vermont
  • Be hired or an appointed assessor in Vermont


If you have registered and find you cannot attend, you must contact us by email or call (802) 828-5860. We reserve the right to turn away anyone who arrives for the class without registering and may begin charging $25 per person for no-show registrants.

On-Demand Webinars

Watch recorded webinars and Q&A sessions

Vermont State Statutes, Appeals and Real Estate Law for Municipal Officers Webinar

October 13, 15, 20, and 22, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

*This course is a requirement for the Vermont Property Assessor Level III certification; all four sessions must be attended.

Learn from former Director of PVR, Jim Knapp, Esq. about the state statutes and rules regarding property assessment. Four sessions (90 minutes each) will provide you with the tools to find statutes, siting cases and regulations from various online resources. The class will focus on the laws applicable to the tasks that municipal assessing officials perform. 

Instructor(s): Jim Knapp, Esq.

Location(s): Online Course

Additional Information: Access to the webinar sessions and reminders will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form.

Session Information

Session 1:  Tuesday, October 13, 2020,  10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Listers and the Law – Vermont State Statutes: We will review the process for creating a statute, how to find relevant statutes, and a survey of the statutes that affect how listers and assessors perform their obligations.

Session 2:  Thursday, October 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Explores how a civil case proceeds through the court system from dispute to final resolution before the Supreme Court of Vermont. Cases that are reviewed and decided by the Supreme Court create common law which is equally as important in the development of the legal principles applicable to developing a Grand List as the statutes that were examined in the first session.

Session 3: Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Using a combination of the statutes addressed in the first program, common law from the second program we will explore the area of exemptions with a focus on the public, pious and charitable exemption. An example or two will be offered to analyze the application of the exemption in what could be but is not likely a real-world example.

Session 4:  October 22, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The final segment of the series will look at the subject of tax appeals starting from the publication of the changes to the grand list through the appeal process at the municipal level, and then to the Director or the courts. The program incorporates the elements from the prior programs on statutes and common law to examine the elements of appeals primarily as viewed from the municipal officers’ side of the equation.


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