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To provide the best possible service to Indiana taxpayers, the Department conducts a mandatory continuing education program to ensure assessing officials across the state receive and remain up to date in assessment information. For more information about the statutory requirements for the Assessor-Appraiser Examination and Certification, see IC 6-1.1-35.5.
Beginning in November 2010, the Department will be offering online tutorials to allow individuals to work through the course material at their own pace. For access to the tutorial and more information about the self-paced work application, please see Level I and Level II access tutorials below.
To be certified as a Level I Assessor-Appraiser, an individual must:
To be certified as a Level II Assessor-Appraiser, an individual must:
To achieve Level III Assessor-Appraiser certification, an individual must achieve Level II Assessor-Appraiser certification and successfully complete the following International Association of Assessing Officials (IAAO) courses:
Classes taken to achieve a Level III Assessor-Appraiser certification can count as continuing education credits for a person's Level II continuing education requirement. There are no online tutorials for the Level III courses.
Under IC 6-1.1-35.5-4.5, the Department may approve courses that are equivalent to the IAAO courses listed above to count toward Level III Assessor-Appraiser certification. These courses must be offered by a course sponsor approved by the Department.
To be approved by the Department, a potential course sponsor must complete the Course Sponsor Approval application and submit it to the Department. To submit a course for approval by the Department as an equivalent course, an approved course sponsor must complete the Course Approval application and submit it to the Department one hundred and eighty (180) days prior to the beginning of the course.
Level I Assessor-Appraisers are required to earn 30 hours of continuing education credits during a two-year cycle following initial certification and every two years thereafter.
Level II and Level III Assessor-Appraisers are required to earn 45 hours of continuing education credits during a two-year cycle following initial certification and every two years thereafter. Once a two-year cycle is completed and certification requirements are met, a new cycle begins January 1.
The Department tracks the continuing education credit hours for all individuals who hold a Level I, Level II or Level III Assessor-Appraiser certification. Individuals interested in a current list of their individual continuing education credits can e-mail a request to Donna Bratcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assessors should maintain a current address on file with the Department to ensure continuing education updates are received in a timely manner. Assessors should advise the Department of any change in address (home and business), telephone numbers and any name changes. Changes can be reported to Donna Bratcher at email@example.com.
If continuing education requirements are not met, as a Level I, Level II or Level III Assessor-Appraiser, disciplinary proceedings according to 50 IAC 15-3-5 may commence. Assessor-Appraiser certifications will be revoked and, if revoked, assessors will be required to retest to regain certification.