Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How do I submit my continuing education hours for recertification credit?

Answer: Submit your hours using the IAAO Continuing Education Log (located on the IAAO web-site). You may submit your log by mail, email, or FAX. Keep proof of attendance and any other supporting documentation on file in case you are audited; there is no need to furnish these with your log.

Question: When should I submit my continuing education hours?

Answer: You may submit your hours during January and February of each year according to IAAO Procedural Rule 10.3.6 (below). Inquiries about qualifying hours may be submitted at any time for review by program staff.
Gaining Credit
Requests for recertification credit will be processed during January and February of each year. Requests received after March 1 will be processed the following January, except during an extension period. Requests for recertification credit during an extension period will be processed immediately upon receipt, and the PDS will render a decision within thirty (30) days thereof.

Question: I am required to complete at least 14 hours of educational courses on the Uniform Standards of Practice and Professional Ethics (USPAP). Can I take the two-day course?

Answer: The 15-hour USPAP Course no longer satisfies the USPAP recertification requirement for IAAO designees. Approved courses are IAAO Workshops 181 and 191, and any Appraisal Foundation approved 7-hour National USPAP Update course. Two 7-hour USPAP courses must be completed during each recertification cycle.

Question: How will I know if the course, seminar, or workshop that I plan to attend will qualify as continuing education for my IAAO designation?

Answer: The IAAO Procedural Rules gives a thorough overview of qualifying courses, seminars, and workshops. Please consult the rules (beginning with Procedural Rule 10.11).

Question: Can I access my recertification hours on the IAAO web-site?

Answer: No – not at this time.

Question: How often can I expect to receive an updated recertification credit summary?
Answer: Summaries are provided each time a log is processed and upon request.

Question: I am nearing the end of my recertification cycle. I have not yet completed the required number of educational hours. What can I do?

Answer: You may request a one-year recertification extension. Contact us for more information – 800/616-4226 ext. 8137 or

Content provided for informational purposes only. IAAO’s Designation Program is governed by IAAO Procedural Rules. In the event of a discrepancy, the Procedural Rules prevail.