Probate Referee

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California State Controller

Notice of Probate Referee Examination


Notice is hereby given that the State Controller's Office will conduct a qualifying examination for possible appointment as Probate Referee on April 29, 2017


The California State Controller is authorized by law to appoint at least one probate referee for each county. Currently, there are 112 appointed probate referees in California. Applicants must meet the minimum professional requirements discussed below, successfully pass an examination and be interviewed by a panel of judges and attorneys. The Controller will make his appointments after considering the recommendations from the interview panel.


Applicants for appointment must possess threshold academic and/or relevant professional experience in order to take the examination and be considered for appointment. Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree plus at least thirty (30) class hours in appraisal/valuation classes; or
  • 2,000 hours of experience within the last four years appraising real and/or personal property; or
  • Certified as an appraiser by the California Office of Real Estate Appraisers, the Appraisal Institute or the American Society of Appraisers; or
  • Attorney with a minimum of three (3) years as a member of the California State Bar; or
  • Certified Public Accountant with a minimum of three (3) years as a licensed CPA in California



Interested persons who meet the above requirements should
e-mail CPS HR Consulting at or call (916) 263-3624, select option #7, then #5, and request an application for Probate Referee. The application and testing information is also available at or Please return completed applications by mail to: CPS HR Consulting, Attn: Probate Referee Program, 241 Lathrop Way, Sacramento, CA 95815. Applications must be received by April 17, 2017. The examination will be given on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in a Northern California and Southern California location.



Please note that five (5) letters of recommendation from the references you list on your application will be required to be considered for an appointment. All letters are to be received by the State Controller's Office no later than May 5, 2017. Send letters to: State Controller's Office, Probate Referee Program, Attn: Amber Camarena, 300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1850, Sacramento, CA 95814.

300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1850, Sacramento, CA 95814 • P.O. Box 942850,
Sacramento, CA 94250 Phone: (916) 445-2636 • Fax: (916) 322-1220


Examination Information


Application for Probate Referee (This is a PDF file. It may take a minute or two to download this application)


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