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Valuation of Conservation Easements
Note: You must be a minimally Certified General Appraiser to register

CALL   Date: January 14 - 17, 2019, Secure Your Seat Before It's Gone!   Location: Lafayette, CA
Category  Other [Oth]  
Attendance Hours  28.0  
Exam Hours  2.0  
Current Price  $ 725.00 AI Price *  
$ 825.00 Full Price *  
* includes late fee
Late Fee  $ 30.00  
Nick A. Tillema, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS  
Name  Lafayette Library and Learning Center  
Address  3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard  
   Arts and Science Room  
City  Lafayette  
State  CA  
Zip  94549  
Click Here to check state approvals
  Sponsor / Contact  
Chapter  Northern California
Contact Name  Lisa M. Estes  
Phone  (925) 932-7753  
Fax  (925) 932-7754  
Valuation of Conservation Easements is an advanced course designed for the 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 4 days, this intensive program will familiarize participants with conservation easement valuations in a variety of situations, including conventional appraisals, appraisals that are required to comply with the Uniform Appraisal Standards of Federal Land Acquisitions, 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, 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.

Recommended Text

Real Estate Valuation in Litigation, 2nd edition
Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions, 6th edition
Historic Properties: Preservation and the Valuation Process, 3rd edition
Appraising Conservation and Historic Preservation Easements
The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 6th edition

Table of Contents and Overview (PDF)
Course Schedule (PDF)
Certified general appraisers; certified residential appraisers with conservation easement valuation experience
A financial or regular-function calculator is allowed. 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.
Recommended: certified general appraisers
Cancellation Policy
  • Up To 14 days prior to program start date, $50.00 cancellation fee.
  • 7 - 13 days prior to program start date, $75.00 cancellation fee.
  • Less than 7 days prior to program start date, forfeit of payment.
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Cancellation Policy
Written cancellations can be emailed to We reserve the right to substitute instructors, change facilities, to cancel or modify this program if sufficient registrations are not received by December 14 or due to other circumstances beyond our control. In the event of cancellation, tuition fees will be refunded. All other costs incurred are the registrant’s responsibility.

Special Accommodations
Special accommodations are available for individuals who have been professionally diagnosed as physically or learning disabled and can provide appropriate documentation in writing prior to the offering. Without advanced notification, accommodation may not be available.

Neither the Appraisal Institute nor the facility in which this event is being held is liable for lost or damaged items. This includes but is not limited to calculators, laptops, cell phones, etc. By registering for this event, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time and that your contact information may be placed in a roster designed for networking purposes.

Program materials can be downloaded by the student.
  Additional Information  

Course Location
Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Arts & Science Discovery Room
3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard (at First Street)
Lafayette, CA

>>>>> PARK ONSITE for FREE! The limited parking signs in the LLLC garage DO NOT APPLY to this offering; so take advantage of the onsite complimentary parking in the library garage or designated outside spaces.<<<<

Course Materials and Hours
Onsite check-in will begin at 8:00a.m. on Monday, January 14. The course will run from 8:30a.m. – 5:00p.m. Monday, January 14 – Wednesday, January 16. On Thursday, January 17, instruction will run from 8:30a.m. – 3:00p.m. followed by the 2-hour multiple choice course exam. Participants registered two weeks prior to the offering will be sent their course materials in advance unless the “download only” option is selected at the time of registration.

SAVE $15 - Select the "download only" material option. NOTE: Those selecting the "download only" version of materials are strongly encouraged to either print or save them to your laptop hard drive in advance of the offering as Internet access cannot be guaranteed. Hard-copy materials will not be provided to those who select the "download only" option.

Required Equipment
Laptops are NOT required. However, an HP-12C calculator and the HP-12C calculator user’s manual are required. Students must be familiar with the calculator operations when the course begins. The in-class and homework problems and solutions will utilize this calculator exclusively. See link below for free reviews and assistance with your calculator – Using a Financial Calculator: Formulas, Symbols, Math Review, and Sample Problems and Financial Calculator Practice Exercises. Students opting to bring laptops are responsible for bringing their own extension cords / power strips. A No. 2 pencil is required for the exam.

Optional Texts
While the following texts are not required for this offering - they are great additions to every appraisal library and can be purchased directly from the Northern California Chapter - 925/932-7753.

The Appraisal of Real Estate, 14th ed
AI - $103
Standard / Non-AI - $135.50
Add $7.25 for advanced shipment of text

The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 6th ed (2015)
AI - $103
Standard / Non-AI - $135.50
Add $7.35 for advanced shipment of text

Real Estate Valuation in Litigation, 2nd Edition
AI Price - $59.75
Standard Price - $70.25
Add $5.00 for advanced shipment of text

Text prices include CA Sales Tax. All texts are sent via U.S. Mail or UPS. Shipping fees do not apply to pre-reserved texts that are held for pick-up at onsite registration. To order texts, please contact the Chapter Office at 925/932-7753 by January 7.

Education Credit Hours
Full (100%) attendance is required for education credit; partial credit not available.

Appraisal Institute: Full attendance (100%) and successful completion of the course exam enable Designated Members, Candidates for Designation and Practicing Affiliates to receive 250 AI continuing education points; 200 points for “attendance only” (no exam). Partial credit is not available. Those seeking credit toward completing the Valuation of Conservation Easements Professional Development Program and listing on this registry must have full (100%) attendance and successfully complete the course exam.

BREA Basic/Qualifying: Valuation of Conservation Easements is not approved for BREA basic/qualifying education credit toward initial licensing / certification.

BREA Continuing: Valuation of Conservation Easements is approved for 28 hours of BREA CEC (#16CP754601238) for licensed / certified appraisers seeking renewal credit. Full (100%) attendance is required. Successful completion of the course exam is not required for BREA CEC.

The following hotels are within 1-5 miles of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center:

Diablo Mountain Inn - 925/937-5050
2079 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Walnut Creek

Lafayette Park Hotel – 877/283-8787
3287 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette

Embassy Suites (at Pleasant Hill BART) – 925/934-2500
1345 Treat Boulevard, Walnut Creek

Guest rooms have not been blocked at any of the hotels above. For additional lodging options in the Lafayette/Walnut Creek area visit

Directions, BART & Parking
- For best results when using your navigation system, enter the complete/exact street address - 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette.
- Ample complimentary onsite parking is available underground in the library's parking garage (enter garage off of Golden Gate Way).
>>>> The limited parking signs in the LLLC garage DO NOT APPLY to this offering; so take advantage of the onsite complimentary parking.<<<<
- Take Public Transportation! The Lafayette Library & Learning Center is conveniently located in downtown Lafayette and is within walking distance of the Lafayette BART station.

Verification of Attendance
Verification of attendance will be sent directly to you via email from our National Office in Chicago. Attendees should allow 15 working days for receipt of these results. Watch for an email from "". The Chapter Office does not receive copies of your results. Those in need of Express Verification should complete the Express Grading Request Form with appropriate payment to the National Office prior to the conclusion of this offering.

Dress in Layers
Meeting room temperatures are often difficult to control. Therefore, for your comfort, we recommend that you dress in layers.

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