The purpose of the AAS designation is to recognize professionalism and competency in administration of a variety of functions for property tax purposes.
IAAO members may use this designation in conjunction with the administrative and tax policy matters in accordance with IAAO's commitment to excellence.
10.2.9.1 To qualify for the AAS designation, the following general requirements must be applicable on the date of sitting for the master examination.
(a) The candidate must be an IAAO member and candidate in good standing in the AAS program.
(b) The candidate must have at least three (3) years of experience in the assessment field.
(c) The candidate must have credit for the following six (6) educational courses:
(1) IAAO Course 101: Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal
(2) IAAO Course 102. Income Approach to Valuation
(3) IAAO Course 400: Assessment Administration
(4) IAAO Course 402: Tax Policy
(5) Either IAAO 151 or a Foundation approved two-day USPAP course if an IAAO designation candidate prior to January 1, 2003 or if an IAAO designation candidate after December 31, 2002 then either IAAO 151 or a Foundation approved two-day USPAP course and either IAAO 171 Standards of Professional Practices and Ethics or IAAO online Standard of Practice and Professional Ethics Supplement. Examination cannot be challenged.
February 15, 1997 Deleted “and equivalent course not accepted.”
May 31, 1997 Deleted “equivalent course not accepted from # 3 & 4.
July 17, 1998 Deleted 10 year requirement on course look back.
May 17, 2003 Deleted “IAAO Workshop: Standards of Practice and Professional Ethics (examination cannot be challenged)”
November 15, 2008 Removed ‘or their equivalents’ from (C).
April 17, 2010 Changed 10.2.9.1 (C) AAS candidates required to have five educational courses instead of six.
(d) In addition to the above educational requirements, the candidate must have credit for an IAAO course from the 300 series.
(e) The candidate must have satisfactorily completed either:
(1) an assessment administration case study examination, or
(2) an assessment administration research project, or
(3) an evaluation of a jurisdiction's assessment practices.
If the candidate does not successfully complete the chosen requirement after two (2) attempts, a different requirement must be selected.
(f) The candidate must pass a four-hour AAS master examination. This examination can be given only after all other requirements have been met.
(g) Upon successfully completing the AAS master examination, the candidate must submit an affidavit attesting to experience before the designation can be conferred.
(h) The candidate must be a high school graduate or the equivalent.
April 17, 2010 Section 10.2.9.1 (C) (6) changed to 10.2.9.1 (d) and subsections (d) through (g) relabeled (e) through (h) because subsection (C) specifies the educational courses required while subsection (d) is a general educational requirement.
The Master Examinations — AAS
The written master of examinations for the AAS designation is specific to the subject. It is a test of competence, testing the candidate's knowledge of the specific subject. The examination is given only after all general and specific requirements have been satisfactorily completed.
The examination may be administered by a proctor at any location and on any date; it is preferred that the proctor be a CAE designee, or a designation holder in the specialty. However, the Professional Designations Subcommittee (PDS) may authorize a non-designee to proctor the examination. Proctors cannot be related to the candidate, nor may they proctor if there is any potential conflict of interest.
An oral examination may be required at the discretion of the PDS. A candidate failing a master examination is permitted to retake it after thirty (30) days.