Step 1: Create Your Gauge Account
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For VAB special magistrates, members, or attorneys, click here to create your account and select the course you want.
Click here to view detailed instructions with pictures for help with registering for your Gauge account, taking a course and exam, and downloading certificates.
For participants wanting to take this training as qualifying education toward the Certified Florida Appraiser (CFA) or Certified Florida Evaluator (CFE) designations, click here to create your account.
Click here to view detailed instructions with pictures for help with registering for your Gauge account, taking the course, and taking the proctored exam.
Step 2: Complete the Training Modules and Course Evaluation
After you have logged into Gauge, click the “Content” tab or click “Choose your Course” from the main menu. Select a course and follow the instructions for completing the course.
After completing the course, please take a moment to complete the VAB training survey (located in the course after the last required module). You may also access the survey by clicking here. We seek to continuously improve this training and value your evaluation.
Step 3: Obtain your Certificate of Training
After completing the course and evaluation, follow the instructions below to view and print your training certificate. The training certificate is your documentation that you have received the VAB training course indicated on the certificate.
- Log in to Gauge.
- Click on the ”My Account” tab or the home icon.
- Click on the “Certificates” icon.
- Click the icon under “Cert.” (located on the far right).
- A PDF file will open in a pop-up window.
- Save this file.
Note: This certificate is not needed for participants taking the training toward CFA or CFE qualifying education. See step 4 for exam requirements for the CFA or CFE qualifying education.
Step 4: Take the Exam
If you have between three and five years of relevant experience and meet all other qualifications in section 194.035(1), F.S., you may complete an exam to become a special magistrate. If you pass the exam, you will receive a certificate from the Department for successfully completing the training and exam.
The exam is accessible through Gauge and becomes available after you complete the training. Successful completion requires a score of 80 percent or higher. If your score is below 80 percent, you may retest at your convenience.
After successfully completing this training and exam, you may be hired as a special magistrate to hear petitions to the value adjustment board.
Testing is not required for other participants in the VAB training, but they may complete an exam if they prefer. Members of the Florida Bar can become eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit by passing either the exam for VAB attorneys or the exam for attorney special magistrates. More information on these CLE credit opportunities is available at the beginning of the exam.
If you need special accommodations to complete this exam, please contact the Training team at VABTraining@floridarevenue.com.
The exam certificate will be available after successfully completing the exam. You may also access the exam certificate from the “My Account” tab or the home page in Gauge. The exam certificate is your documentation that you have completed the VAB training course indicated on the certificate and successfully passed the associated exam.
NOTE: For participants taking the training toward CFA or CFE qualifying education, successful completion of the exam is required. This exam is proctored by ProctorFree, our online proctoring vendor. A webcam, microphone, and government-issued I.D. are required. Please click here to make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements. Your exam certificate will be emailed to you after the review of your proctoring session is complete. Please allow up to two business days for the review.
Step 5: Submit Your Certificate of Training
If you are not taking an exam, please submit a copy of your certificate from Gauge to
VABTraining@floridarevenue.com to add your name to the list of those who have received the VAB training. This certificate is your proof of training.
Step 6: Submit Your Exam Certificate
If you are taking an exam, please submit a copy of your exam certificate from Gauge to
VABTraining@floridarevenue.com to add your name to the list of those who have received the VAB training and passed the exam. This certificate is your proof of training completion.
If you have any questions about the training materials or have technical difficulties, please email