Continuing Education Information for Assessing Officers and Technicians
Michigan Certified Assessing Officers (MCAO), Michigan Advanced Assessing Officers (MAAO), Michigan Master Assessing Officers (MMAO) and Michigan Certified Assessing Technicians (MCAT) must annually complete continuing education and pay their renewal fees to maintain state certification. The State Tax Commission issued guidance on how to renew 2020 certifications in the Assessor Certification Bulletin 10 of 2018. The bulletin is mailed annually to certified assessors and available at the following link: State Tax Commission Bulletin 10 of 2018, Assessor Certification. Below is a list of approved continuing education courses for renewal and completed continuing education reports for reference.
Assessing Officer Approved Continuing Education Courses:
Completed Continuing Education Reports:
Commonly Asked Questions
1. What continuing education must a MCAO, MAAO and MMAO assessor complete to renew his/her certification for 2020?
MCAO, MAAO and MMAO assessors must complete 16 hours of continuing education between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019. In order to receive credit, courses must be approved by the Commission. Assessor can complete all 16 hours through approved online courses either through the STC Online Education Portal or through an online course approved by an outside organization.
2. What continuing education must a MCAT assessor complete to renew his/her certification for 2020?
Michigan Certified Assessing Technicians must complete the 2019 State Tax Commission Key Topics for Assessors 4 hour continuing education course, between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019. This course will be offered at various locations throughout the State as well as online through the STC Online Education Portal.
3. How do Assessing Officers access assessor online continuing education portal?
The link to the assessor online continuing education portal site is https://coned.mi-stc.org. This site is only available to Michigan certified assessors and technicians. Log in instructions were sent to all assessors in May 2018 and all Technicians in January 2018. Anyone who is newly certified as a Technician or MCAO will receive a separate email with log in instructions.
As a reminder, assessors must complete all requirements of the course before you will receive your certificate and course credit. If a certificate is not emailed to you, then you likely did not complete one or more of the requirements. The requirements that must be completed are listed at the top of each course and as you complete each one, they will be removed from the list.
4. How do Assessing Officers find Approved Continuing Education Courses?
Assessing Officers may obtain continuing education credit by completing assessor education courses that are approved by the State Tax Commission. Approved courses are listed on the Approved Continuing Education Course List for 2020 Renewal. Prior to registering or completing a course for the current renewal cycle, assessing officers should verify the course is approved by the State Tax Commission and eligible to receive continuing education credit. The approved continuing education course list is available at the following link: Approved Continuing Education Course List for 2020 Renewal
5. Can an assessor take the same continuing education courses that were taken in the last renewal period?
No. An assessor may not take the same continuing education courses two renewal periods in a row. An assessor may take a course on the same topic but not a continuing education course with the same exact title as the previous continuing education renewal period.
6. How can assessor check his/her continuing education hours?
Allow 1 week for credits to be posted to the State Tax Commission's website www.michigan.gov/statetaxcommission. A list of completed hours for the renewal period by assessor will be available in the completed continuing education report under the "Assessor Certification and Education" tab. As a reminder, the assessor must attend the entire continuing education course to receive credit. Parial credit will not be given. The assessor is required to initial in and out in each space provided on the STC approved continuing education sign in sheet in order to receive continuing education credit. If after review of the completed education report an assessor believes his/her hours are inaccurate, please contact the State Tax Commission's office to verify the sign-in sheet has been received and continuing education credit has been applied.
7. How to obtain assessor continuing education credit for a completed Appraisal Institute (AI), American Society of Appraisers (ASA) or International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) Course?
An assessing officer who wishes to receive continuing education credit for a completed AI, ASA and IAAO course that has been issued pre-approval and is listed on the Approved Continuing Education Course List for 2020 Renewal may email the Certificate of Completion from the sponsoring organization to the State Tax Commission at State-Tax-Commission@michigan.gov. Assessing Officers should allow two weeks for credit to be issued and then review the 2020 Assessor Completed Continuing Education Report for verification.
8. How should assessors submit a request for approval of an AI, ASA or IAAO Course that is NOT pre-approved and listed on the 2020 Approved Continuing Education Course List?
Certified Assessing Officers may request approval of an AI, ASA or IAAO course that is NOT on the 2020 Approved Continuing Education Course List by submitting a completed Form 5569, Application to Request Approval of an Appraisal Institute, American Society of Appraisers or International Association of Assessing Officers Educational Course to the State Tax Commission not less than 30 days prior to the start date of the course. Courses are approved for even hours only and are not approved for less than four hours. Online courses are limited to a maximum of eight hours of credit. Notification of the approval or denial of the course will be provided to the Assessing Officer in writing.
Questions regarding Assessing Officer or MCAT continuing education or certification renewal may be submitted to the State Tax Commission by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning (517) 335-3429 and selecting Option 5.