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Arbitration Training Program

To become eligible to serve as arbitrators, Tax Code Section 41A.06 requires persons seeking to become arbitrators, except attorneys, to complete 30 hours of training on arbitration and alternative dispute resolution procedures from a college, university, legal trade association or real estate trade association. 

The Comptroller's arbitration training videos are in the process of being updated to reflect changes from the 85th Regular Session or changes to the Comptroller arbitration rules.

Persons seeking to become arbitrators may watch the PTAD videos on the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Property Tax Assistance Division page. For additional information or to request the videos links contact

Please closely review the State of Texas rules regarding qualifications to be accepted into our Arbitration Program.$ext.RegPage?sl=R&app=1&p_dir=&p_rloc=352434&p_tloc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_reg=352434&ti=34&pt=1&ch=9&rl=4258&issue=05/25/2018&z_chk=

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Barnham Graduate School and Seminary College

Texas Property Tax Arbitrators Alternative Dispute Resolution Update

  8 Hour Continuing Education Course

To be announced


This course is offered in a classroom setting and is intended for persons already on the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Property Tax Assistance Division Registry of Arbitrators.  The course teaches the updated rules and laws in dispute resolution.  This class will include SB / HB 2.


This course satisfies the Texas Comptroller's requirement that renewals for the Arbitrator Registry complete at least 8 hours of continuing education per Texas Comptroller Property Tax Code Section 41A.061.


Please note due to the online nature of the program there is NO TREC Credit, TSCPA Credit, or MCLE being offered at this time.




The course will start promptly at 9:00 AM and end at 6:00 PM with a one-hour lunch break.  Attendance will be handled through a variety of polling questions throughout the program.  Students who miss polling questions will have time deducted from their certificates.




ZOOM the secure login information will be sent once you have paid for the class but no sooner than February 10, 2021. 




Refund requests can only be made by contacting Loretta Higgins at 713.726.6414 at least 72 hours before the start of the course.  A $25.00 administration fee will be charged on all refunds for Houston. Refunds are issued via check and mail certified mail.  Those who register and do not attend will not receive a refund. 




Please have your camera on and wear clothing.




After the course, certificates will be emailed to the address of record.  Only paid participants who attend and answer the polling questions will receive their certificates.




The information and suggestions presented at the conference are subject to constant change and, therefore, should only serve as a foundation for further investigation and study. Further, any forms presented at such seminars or conferences are samples only and are not necessarily authoritative. All information, procedures, and forms contained or used in such conferences should be carefully reviewed and should serve as a guide for use in specific situations. Speakers and discussion leaders are expressing their own views or those of course authors. Such views and opinions have not been approved or endorsed by the Barnham Graduate School and Seminary.  Profits generated from this course are used to fund scholarships for seminary students.

Loretta L Higgins, CPA, MIM is a Texas Certified Public Accountant and Arbitrator listed on the Texas Arbitrator Registry.  She has over 20 years experience working with small businesses on issues that include property taxation, business taxation, and merger/acquisition issues. She obtained her Masters in Intercession Mediation (Alternative Dispute Resolution) from Barham Graduate School and Seminary College in 2016.


Loretta is the Professor and Department Chairperson of the Arbitration Programs at Barnham Graduate School and Seminary College in addition to pursuing her PhD in Business Related Research.  


Loretta currently resides in Houston, Texas with her husband Sean McQueen and their four children.   

Professor Loretta Higgins, CPA


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