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 IAAO does not recognize individual non-IAAO courses toward our designation requirements. Candidates may challenge the examination at a reduced rate for any of the non-standards and ethics courses to gain credit for the required IAAO courses. Further, holders of select non-IAAO designations and graduates of certain University of British Columbia programs are eligible to receive established equivalencies toward some of our designations. See the section "Equivalencies with Other Organizations" under each affected designation's description to learn more.

Question: When can I take the master examination?

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

Question: Is financial assistance available to assist with the cost of membership and earning a designation? 

Answer: Yes, IAAO has a scholarship program. Please visit the scholarships page for more information. 

Question: Is it true that you no longer need a bachelor's degree to earn a designation? 

Answer: Yes, IAAO has established alternative requirements in lieu of holding a bachelor's degree and changed the degree requirement on some of our designations. Higher education degree requirements can now be satisfied by a high school diploma along with a defined number of years of experience, completing specified college-level courses, or a combination of both. See the requirements of each professional designation for details of what is accepted.

Question: Can I receive credit for a professional designation I've earned through another organization? 

Answer: IAAO grants equivalent credit towards certain designation requirements on some of our professional designations for select non-IAAO designations.  See the section "Equivalencies with Other Organizations" under each affected designation's description to learn which non-IAAO designations are recognized and the credit granted for each.

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.

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.