The purpose of the CMS designation is to recognize professionalism and competency in cadastral mapping techniques that support proper valuation for tax purposes, property tax administration, and property tax policy.
IAAO members may use this designation in conjunction with the production of maps and other graphic images and objects that support property appraisal and assessment administration in accordance with IAAO's commitment to excellence.
10.2.7.1 To qualify for the CMS designation, the following general requirements must be fulfilled on the date of sitting for the CMS Master Examination.
(a) The candidate must be an IAAO member and a candidate in good standing in the CMS program.
(b) The candidate must have at least three (3) years of experience in cadastral mapping.
(c) The candidate must have credit for the following five (5) educational courses:
(1) IAAO Course 101: Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal
(2) IAAO Course 600: Principles and Techniques of Mapping
(3) IAAO Course 601: Cadastral Mapping Methods and Applications
(4) Either IAAO course 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 Practice and Ethics or IAAO online Standard of Practice and Professional Ethics Supplement. Examination cannot be challenged.
August 16, 1996 Deleted “and equivalent course not accepted.”
July 17, 1998 Deleted 10 year requirement on course look back.
December 2003Removed 151 requirement, and added IAAO Course 601.
July 28, 2006 Deleted the four -hour IAAO online course or the seven-hour course and added USPAP and cannot be challenged.
November 15, 2008 Removed ‘or their equivalents’ from (C).
(d) The candidate must pass an eight-hour Case Problem on Cadastral Mapping.
(e) The candidate must pass a four-hour CMS Master Examination. The examination can be given only after all other requirements have been met.
(f) Upon successfully completing the CMS Master Examination, the candidate must submit an affidavit attesting to experience before the designation can be conferred.
(g) The candidate must be a high school graduate or the equivalent.
The Master Examinations — CMS
The written master examination for the CMS 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.