Candidacy FAQ


Question: Must I be a member of IAAO to become a candidate in the Professional Designation Program?

Answer: Yes.


Question: I am considering becoming a candidate in the Professional Designation Program. I feel I have the knowledge and skills to challenge an examination for an IAAO course. Would it be advantageous to become a candidate prior to challenging the examination?

Answer: Yes. Normally the IAAO fee for a challenge examination is $200. As a candidate in the Professional Designation Program you may challenge IAAO course examinations with the exception of USPAP, Workshop 171, or the IAAO Standards Supplement for $50 per course.


Question: I have not yet met the experience requirement for a designation. May I become a candidate?

Answer: Yes, you may become a candidate. However, the experience requirement must be met by the time you sit for the master examination.


Question: How do I submit my experience for candidacy?

Answer: Complete the required IAAO Candidate Experience Record form to demonstrate your experience.  Along with this form you may submit optional, supporting documentation, such as a resume or letter from your employer. 


Question: Do I need to have all core course requirements met before I become a candidate in the Professional Designation Program?

Answer: No, you may enter the candidacy program at any time. You will have five years to complete all the requirements.


Question: I am ready to submit my demonstration appraisal report to IAAO for grading. Will my report be returned to me upon completion of the grading process?

Answer: No. All submitted demonstration appraisal reports become the property of IAAO and will not be returned to the candidate. Therefore, candidates are instructed to retain a copy of their report.


Question: I have heard that IAAO will now accept an electronic copy of my demonstration appraisal report for grading. Is that true?

Answer: IAAO will now accept either a hard copy of the project by mail or an electronic copy of the project. Please email the electronic copy of the project to Jarron Paronto.


Question: I am a candidate for the Assessment Administration Specialist (AAS) designation and want to complete an evaluation of a jurisdiction’s assessment practices. Does IAAO have any information to help me prepare the report?

Answer: Yes. IAAO offers the “Assessment Practices Self-Evaluation Guide” to assist candidates in writing the report. The book is available on the IAAO website under the Marketplace tab.


Question: I am a candidate in the Professional Designation Program and nearing the end of my five year candidacy. I feel that I need a little more time to complete my requirements. What can I do?

Answer: You may request a one-year candidacy extension. Contact Headquarters for more information.


Question: Does IAAO still accept course equivalencies toward a designation?

Answer: At this time course equivalencies are only accepted thru the University of British Columbia two year Certificate in Real Property Assessment program, specializing in mass appraisal and assessment administration.


Question: When can I take the master examination?

Answer: Candidates may take the master examination after all other requirements have been fulfilled.


Question: I have heard the requirements for the CAE and RES designations will be changing in the future. When will these changes occur and what are the changes?

Answer: Members applying for candidacy on or after January 1, 2014, must, prior to receiving the CAE designation, hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. Members applying for candidacy on or after January 1, 2014, must, prior to receiving the RES designation, hold an Associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college, junior college, community college, or university. Members applying for candidacy on or after January 1, 2015, must, prior to receiving the RES designation, hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college, junior college, community college, or university.
 

If you should have a question about the IAAO Professional Designation Program, you may contact Jarron Paronto via email or by phone at 816-701-8137.