Board of Review Training

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2020 Board of Review Training

(2019 DVDs are no longer available for purchase)

Please check back at the end of February for information on availability and purchasing

of the 2020 Board of Review Training materials.

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue-approved Board of Review (BOR) Training are now available in DVD format with accompanying materials.  You can order one or both of the two video courses offered.  (Read about course descriptions below and order).

Only one video course is required for certification of completing the BOR Requirement.

The BOR is a panel of local officials whose job it is to hear property owners’ objections to their tax assessments. Wisconsin Law requires that at least one member of the BOR obtain a Wisconsin Department of Revenue-approved training within two years of the BOR’s first two-hour meeting. It is recommended that all BOR members be trained, but the law requires only at least one member to do so. The Department of Revenue requires taking the current program, and will not certify attendance at training using materials or content dated prior to 2019. This is to ensure BOR members learn the best and most up-to-date information.

Find the Training You Need

 The 2019-2020 BOR video training provides the opportunity to select one of two BOR training courses which are:

  • Conducting the First-Meeting of Board of Review, or
  • Conducting a Board of Review Hearing

Each video comes with information materials, including the exam and affidavit that must be filed with the clerk to meet the certified training required by Wisconsin law.  Only one video training course is required, but you may choose to use both.

Because each course contains updated and revised content, BOR videos or materials dated prior to 2019 may not be used to meet the 2020 Board of Review training requirement.

Reviewers and past participants agree: seeing how to do it is better than just lecturing about it.

Again, watching and completing the exam for only one video course is required for certification.

Course Descriptions

Conducting the First-Meeting:
Every city, village and town in Wisconsin must hold a First-Meeting of the Board of Review.  State law spells out certain specifics requirements.  This video course shows how to do those and some best practices as suggested by the Department of Revenue and experienced professionals.  You learn how to begin, elect a chair, “receive” and examine the tax roll, and handle taxpayer procedural matters, such as a request for telephone testimony or hearing waiver.

Board of Review Hearing:
On taxpayer appeals, the Board of Review takes testimony and evidence and make decisions similar to judges.  In this video course you will see a hearing appealing the valuation of a tavern/residence.  You will see how to call a case, swear in witnesses, address member recusal requests and tips on handling an “over-active witness”.  Overall, you learn how to conduct a fair and legal hearing and make a decision.

How to Order

2020 videos and materials are not available at this time. Local Government Education is developing new video platforms in a addition to DVD for 2020. It is anticipated they will be available for order late February or early March, 2020

Please note: If you need to get started right now, you may use 2019 DVDs for your 2020 training. This is possible because there were only minor changes in the law and procedures for 2020. You may also complete the exam in the 2019 materials for submission to your clerk for 2020 certification. Clerks may include BOR members who used 2019 DVDs for their training in their affidavit they send to the Department of Revenue. The updated 2020 Videoss will be available at he end of February or early March, 2020.

Currently available: The Wisconsin Towns Association is currently training for 2020 Board of Review at their District Meetings.  Find out more here:

Wisconsin Towns Association District Meetings


After viewing the DVD and completing the written materials, complete the affidavit from the materials. Complete the exam (answers will be given during the program) and attach the exam to the affidavit. Your affidavit and completed test will be filed with the municipal clerk. Next, have your municipal clerk file an affidavit online with the Department of Revenue indicating that you have completed the training. Instructions for online filing are in the materials.



Local Government Center
Phone: 608-262-9960 or 608-262-9961
702 Langdon Street, Room 111 Pyle Center
Madison, WI 53706


The Department of Revenue has issued the following guidance regarding persons seeking a hearing
who has denied the assessor access to view their property’s interior:
Access the guidance at: