Designation Recertification

IAAO designees are expected to continue professional growth and competence by participating in educational events. Facilitating this expectation, the IAAO Recertification Program provides a structured process to keep a designation in good standing. The following information outlines the program and its requirements.

Recertification Requirements

  • Cycle Time Frame

    Recertification cycles begin on January 1st, and continue for five consecutive years ending on December 31st, e.g. 1/1/2011 – 12/31/2015.

    For a candidate that has just achieved a designation, the recertification cycle begins on January 1st of the year following the date the designation is conferred.

  • Credit Hours

    All designees must complete at least 70 credit hours of structured educational programs during each recertification cycle, including the required hours listed below. Recertification credits may also be obtained for instructing educational programs*, having original articles published, or other activities as approved by the IAAO Professional Development Department.

    *For cycles beginning January 1, 2018 and after, the maximum hours allowed during one cycle for instructing is 35 hours. (USPAP instruction applied towards the USPAP requirement does not count towards this limit.)


    Designees (with the exception of the CMS designation) are required to complete at least two 7-hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) update courses. Please note that the 15-hour USPAP course will no longer satisfy the USPAP recertification requirement. USPAP credit hours are included in the 70 credit hour requirement

    *For cycles beginning January 1, 2017 and after, international designees (e.g. Canadian) must comply with the USPAP requirement or supply proof of compliance with a local standards regime, such as CUSPAP, in lieu of USPAP. This applies only to recertification cycles beginning 2017 and after.

  • IAAO Workshop 171

    Designees, optional for CMS holders*, are required to complete IAAO Workshop 171 (classroom or online) during five-year cycle.

    *CMS designees must complete either the IAAO Workshop 171 (classroom or online) or the IAAO one-day forum on Standard 6.

  • Credit Hour Submission

    Credit hours are to be submitted in January or February of each year, or when all recertification requirements have been fulfilled. The Continuing Education Log can be used to enter and track hours any time throughout the year, then submit hours for credit when complete.

  • More Information

    Please see IAAO Procedural Rules for specific requirements for recertification.

    To see more commonly asked questions and answers visit our Designation FAQ.

    Still have questions? Contact us via e-mail.

Recertification Forms


Information on Completing the Continuing Education Log Form
This information sheet explains how designees should use the log form to track and submit continuing education credits.

Continuing Education Log
Designees track and submit their continuing education hours using this online log.

Recertification Extension Application
This is the form a designee must complete to request a one-year recertification extension.  The Professional Development Committee must approve all such requests.

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.