Alameda County
Bar Association

Notice of Probate Referee Examination 

California State Controller
Notice of Probate Referee Examination

Read the notice from Betty Yee’s Office here.

Notice is hereby given that the State Controller’s Office will conduct a qualifying examination for possible appointment as Probate Referee on April 28, 2018 The California State Controller is authorized by law to appoint at least one probate referee for each county. Currently, there are 109 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 #4, and request an application for Probate Referee. The application and testing information are also available at or Please return completed application, with exam fee, by mail to: CPS HR Consulting, Attn: Probate Referee Program, 2450 Del Paso Road, Suite 220, Sacramento, CA 95834. Applications must be received by April 13, 2018. The examination will be available to take online on Saturday, April 28, 2018, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST, at a web link to be provided.

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 4, 2018. Send letters to:
State Controller’s Office, Probate Referee Program, Attn: Amber Camarena,
300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1850, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Read the notice from Betty Yee’s Office here.