Candidate to Designee Process

Congratulations on your accomplishment! The hard work and time you have invested have brought you to this moment: the awarding of your designation. The following describes what you need to do next to receive your designation and what to expect as you transition from candidate to professional designee.

Next Step

Download, complete, and return the following two forms within 30 days:
You must download each form to your computer for the forms to perform properly.

Biographical Data

What to Expect

The Professional Designations Subcommittee will vote to confer your designation. These votes typically take place during the last week of each month. New designees are then presented to the Executive Board for approval at their next regularly-scheduled quarterly meeting. 

Information from your Biographical Data Form will be used to write an announcement that will appear in Fair & Equitable, typically within two to three months after receipt of your forms and photo. 

Your designation will be shipped to you via UPS soon after it is signed by the Board President, typically within two weeks after the next Executive Board meeting.


Credit hours are required to maintain and keep your professional designation. But relax for now; your recertification cycle begins January 1 the year after your designation is awarded and progresses in five year cycles thereafter. 

Details on recertification can be found on our website here:  Recertification

Certificate Framing

IAAO has arranged professional framing services with Framing Success, the market leader in achievement framing. This is an excellent way to not only proudly display your accomplishment, but also to protect it. Frames are made from sustainably harvested hard wood and a tree is planted with every purchase. IAAO has chosen to waive its commission and pass the savings on to you. Many options and price points are available. Note that clicking the link above will take you to their website, which is independent of IAAO's website. Framing is optional; your designation certificate will arrive in an IAAO padded certificate holder.

Designation certificate shown with optional frame
Designation certificate with optional frame