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Valuation of Conservation Easements Education Schedule (PDF)
Education Catalog (PDF)
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Valuation of Conservation Easements is an intense, advanced-level educational endeavor dealing with one of the most controversial topics in the realm of valuation. It is designed for the advanced, general certified appraiser who understands the methodology in the approaches to value and is ready to embark on understanding the intricacies involved in one of the most misunderstood and difficult types of appraisals.

Over 4½ days, this intensive program will familiarize participants with conservation easement valuations in a variety of different situations, including conventional appraisals, appraisals that are required to comply with the Yellow Book, and appraisals involving non-cash charitable contributions that are required to comply with IRS standards. Learning objectives will be accomplished through a series of lectures, in-class discussions, problem solving, in-depth homework assignments, and case-law analysis.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants should be able to:
• Understand the methodologies and techniques commonly used in valuing conservation easements
• Grasp state, federal, and IRS regulations and requirements relating to conservation easements
• Understand the range of assignments that are common in valuing conservation easements
• Develop an effective scope of work for a conservation easement valuation assignment, apply concepts of highest and best use analysis to that assignment
• Utilize a range of techniques to effectively carry out a conservation easement valuation
• Identify the unique issues that may apply to conservation easements and complete the assignment(s) in accordance with the various state and federal agency requirements

Note. This course is in the Valuation of Conservation Easements Professional Development Program. For more information, click here.

This course is approved for GBCI CE Hours by the USGBC.

Program Overview
• Table of Contents and Overview (PDF)
• Schedule (PDF)

Recommended Text
• Real Estate Valuation in Litigation, 2nd ed.
• Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions
• Historic Properties: Preservation and the Valuation Process, 2nd ed.
• The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 5th ed.
• Appraising Conservation and Historic Preservation Easements

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A financial calculator is required. The accepted model used in the course is the HP-12C. Note: Cellular phones, tablets, iPads, and other devices that connect to the Internet are NOT permitted during the exam.

AI CE Credit for Designated Members and Practicing Affiliates
• Attend Only = 200 points
• Attend and Pass = 250 points

Must be a certified general appraiser

Who Should Enroll
Experienced general appraisers

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