Assessment Administration


Course Schedule

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county tax administration

Course Code Dates Time Instructor Fee Location



Course Code Dates Time Instructor Fee Location
AA-1001-FA21-1 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28; 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 9am-12pm Martin Lynch $760 Course is full
AA-1001-FA21-2 11/2, 11/9, 11/23, 11/30; 12/7, 12/14 5pm-9pm Melissa Rockwell $760 Online Canvas/Zoom



Prerequisite: PTA1

Course Code Dates Time Instructor Fee Location
AA-1002-FA21-1 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28; 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 6pm-9pm Melissa Rockwell $760               Online Canvas/Zoom
AA-1002-FA21-2 9/22, 9/29; 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27; 11/3, 11/10 3pm-6pm Diane Hesley $760 Online Zoom






Prerequisite:  PTA 1 and PTA 2, or PTA1 and IAAO 1, or IAAO 1 & 2

Course Code
9/10, 9/11                            
Diane Hesley
Online Zoom

This program is designed to train municipal tax assessors in the duties and responsibilities of their office and assist in staff development. It also provides general preparation for the State Certified Tax Assessors (CTA) examination (Please note that Assessment Administration courses are not prerequisites for this exam). Experienced professionals from state, county, and local government, as well as private-sector appraisal specialists, comprise the program’s coadjutant faculty.

Tax assessors, other municipal officials, and interested citizens may enroll in the individual courses, provided that they have satisfied any prerequisites and that space is available. Registration for all classes is determined by the Center for Government Services at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Typically, both fall and spring semester courses are scheduled in convenient and varied locations throughout the state, with times and sites announced in advance of each semester. One-day seminars, and the New Jersey Assessors Continuing Education Program, also are offered each year and are announced in separate program brochures.

Course Descriptions


Property Tax Administration

The 48-hour Property Tax Administration (PTA) course is divided into two parts.

Part 1 (24 hours) covers New Jersey government and the statutory basis of assessing, including administration of local government, public records, necessary equipment, deductions, and the assessor's calendar.

Part 2 (24 hours) covers valuation methods and applications, including three approaches to value, equalization, the appeals process, exemptions, abatements, farmland valuation and rollback, and reassessment/revaluation. Prerequisite: Part 1.

real property appraisal 1

This course covers the fundamentals of real property appraisal including the principles of value, steps in the appraisal process and appraisal terminology.  Land valuation methods and the cost approach to value are the major areas of study, including the use of the NJ Real Property Appraisal Manual’s residential classifications.

Review Course - Appraisal and Assessment Administration Course Review

This review course includes an intensive, two-day comprehensive review of the assessment appraisal processes, utilizing the cost, market, and income approaches to value. Prerequisites: PTA 1 and PTA 2, or RPA 1 and RPA 2, or PTA1 and RPA 1 or RPA 2.

County Tax Administration

This 24-hour course expands upon the Property Tax Administration course with an in-depth examination of property tax administered at the county level. The course covers county board organization, the sales ratio program, development of the equalized table and abstract of ratio, a review of exemptions, the tax appeal process, and supervision of assessors.

This course is mandatory for all new tax administrators and is advanced in nature. It is recommended that only students who have successfully completed all other property tax courses, or experienced CTA holders, enroll.

One-Day Semin​ars

As interest warrants, the Rutgers Center for Government Services offers one-day seminars dealing with various problems and the more advanced aspects of assessment administration on a state or regional basis.

Continuing Education

Licensed Certified Tax Assessors (CTAs) can receive Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit toward license renewal from the New Jersey Division of Taxation and the New Jersey Real Estate Appraisal Board when completing the following courses.

Course Division of Taxation Real Estate Board
Property Tax Administration, Part 1 21 in Administration 4
Property Tax Administration, Part 2 21 in Administration 10
Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal 30 in Appraisal 30
Income Approach to Valuation 30 in Appraisal 30
County Tax Administration 24 in Administration TBA


Certificates for each Assessment Administration course are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the class hours, passing the required examinations, and full payment of fees.



Information About the CTA Exam

For further information about the CTA exam, refer to N.J.S.A. 54:135.25 to 135.34, or contact the Local Property Branch of the New Jersey Division of Taxation at 609-292-7975 or visit the website.

IAAO Credit by Examination

Individuals wishing to challenge an IAAO examination without having taken Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal (IAAO Course 1) or Income Approach to Valuation (IAAO Course 2), students who withdrew from a course, and students who did not sit for the exam upon completion of a course or who failed an exam upon completion of a course may apply to sit for the exam. If a prerequisite is listed, applicants who have not taken the course are strongly urged to attempt the prerequisite examination. Applications are available from IAOO. For more information, contact IAAO at 800.616.IAAO (4226).

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Priscilla Hamilton
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