Effective March 1, 2015
Approved instructors are required to file reapplication at the end of each four-year approval period in order to remain approved to teach educational courses for property tax professionals. To reapply for approval as an educational course instructor, the instructor must complete Comptroller Form 50-800, Reapplication for Educational Course Instructor (PDF) and submit it together with a list of courses taught in the last four years; proof of an active license or designation; and proof of meeting continuing education and professional development requirements
An instructor applying for continued approval as an educational course instructor for property tax professionals must satisfy the following criteria.
Instructors must maintain their professional licenses or designations and complete the continuing education required by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) or other appropriate licensing organization. If an instructor fails to maintain his or her professional license or designation, instructor approval expires at the time that the license or designation expires. A list of qualifying licenses and designations can be found in the Comptroller's Instructor Approval Guidelines.
Instructors who achieved one of the required designations for qualification, but are no longer designated due to employment changes, are eligible to retain approved instructor status. In order to maintain instructor status, the instructor must complete eight (8) hours of instructor professional development and maintain the same level of continuing education required by TDLR for designees, including taking a Texas property tax laws and rules update course, and two (2) hours of ethics for property tax professionals.
Every four (4) years, regular instructors are required to file for reapplication indicating courses which they desire to continue to teach and provide dates of teaching within the last four (4) years. PTAD will verify courses taught using evaluations received for instructors during the expiring approval period.
Eight (8) hours of instructor professional development must be completed every four (4) years. Instructor professional development is instructor continuing education falling within one of four categories:
No more than two (2) hours in each category annually will apply to the four (4) year requirement of eight (8) hours of instructor professional development. Additional hours earned in any category may not be carried over to the next year.
All instructors are evaluated by students through surveys at the end of each course taught. PTAD will use information from student evaluations to determine instructor approval during the reapproval process. Instructors must receive a 70 percent positive student response to be eligible for reapplication.
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