The Department of Revenue has produced an online orientation video for Florida value adjustment board members. This brief video provides an overview of Florida’s property tax system and describes the roles and responsibilities of board members, board attorneys, board clerks, and special magistrates. This video was designed for orientation purposes only and is not a replacement for the department’s value adjustment board training specified in section 194.035(3), F.S.
Information and instructions for completing the department's value adjustment board training specified in section 194.035(3), F.S., are below.
Who is required to take this training before conducting any VAB hearings?
Who may be interested in this training?
The department's 2016 training for boards and special magistrates has 11 training modules:
* Real property appraiser special magistrates must take Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 11.
* Tangible personal property appraiser special magistrates must take Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (Part 1 only), 8, and 11.
* Attorney special magistrates must take Modules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, and 11.
* Members of the value adjustment board and board attorneys who must take the training must take all 11 modules.
The department provides this training to comply with section 194.035, Florida Statutes. The information in this training is not a rule in the Florida Administrative Code and does not have the force or effect of law. It contains information about the law, along with the department's observations, explanations, examples, and recommendations, and its purpose is to assist boards, board attorneys, and special magistrates in performing their duties consistently with Florida law.
If you have comments or suggestions about this training, please send them to VABTraining@dor.state.fl.us.
For participants who HAVE a Blackboard CourseSites account from 2015 and are taking the SAME COURSE for 2016:
For participants who HAVE a Blackboard CourseSites account from 2015 and are taking a DIFFERENT COURSE for 2016.
For participants who DO NOT HAVE a Blackboard CourseSites account.
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After you have logged into Blackboard and enrolled in a course, review the information under "Announcements" and follow the instructions for completing the course.
Review all of the course materials and follow the instructions below to view and print your certificate of completion.
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If you have between three and five years of relevant experience and meet all other qualifications in section 194.035 (1), F.S., you must take an exam to become a special magistrate. If you pass the exam, you will receive a certificate from the department for successfully completing the training and exam.
Successful completion requires a score of 80 percent or higher. If your score is below 80 percent, you may retest at your convenience.
After successfully completing this training and exam, you may be hired as a special magistrate to hear petitions to the value adjustment board.
Testing is not required for other participants in the VAB training, but they may take an exam if they prefer. Members of the Florida Bar can become eligible for CLE credit by passing either the exam for VAB attorneys or the exam for attorney special magistrates. More information on these CLE credit opportunities is available at the corresponding links below.
If you need special accommodations to complete this exam, please contact the Training Team at VABTraining@dor.state.fl.us.
More information about the exam for VAB attorneys and for each of the three types of special magistrates is available at the following webpages:
If you are not taking an exam, please submit a copy of your certificate from Blackboard to VABTraining@dor.state.fl.us to add your name to the list of those who have taken the VAB training. This Blackboard certificate is your certificate of training.
If you are taking an exam, please submit a copy of your certificate from Blackboard with a copy of the email from “Hostedtest” with your exam results to VABTraining@dor.state.fl.us. Your name will be added to the list of those who have taken the VAB training, and you will receive a certificate of training completion.
If you have any questions about the training materials or have technical difficulties, please email VABTraining@dor.state.fl.us.
The PDF version of the 2016 VAB Training, which was last updated June 30, 2016, is for informational purposes only. Anyone who wants to take the training to comply with s. 194.035(3), F.S., must create a Blackboard account and complete the training via Blackboard. The redline version shows the changes from the 2015 VAB training to the current 2016 training.