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 2021 certifications in the Assessor Certification Bulletin 7 of 2019. The bulletin is mailed annually to certified assessors and available at the following link: State Tax Commission Bulletin 7 of 2019, 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 2021?
MCAO, MAAO and MMAO assessors must complete 16 hours of continuing education between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020. In order to receive credit, courses must be approved by the State Tax Commission (STC). An assessor can complete all 16 hours through approved online courses either through the STC Online Education Portal or through an STC approved online course offered by an outside organization.
2. What continuing education must a MCAT assessor complete to renew his/her certification for 2021?
Michigan Certified Assessing Technicians have two options for completing their continuing education for 2021 renewal cyle (November 1, 2019 - October 31, 2020). The first option is to complete the 2020 STC Key Topics for Assessors course, offered at various locations throughout the State or online through the STC Online Education Portal. The second option is to complete a STC online continuing education course of their choice (excluding the Learning the HP12C Calculator Course) offered 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. Newly certified Technicians or MCAO's will receive a separate email with log in instructions. If you have an issue with your log in credentials email the State Tax Commission at email@example.com.
As a reminder, assessors must complete all requirements of the online course before you will receive your certificate and four hours course credit. If a certificate is not emailed to you, then you likely did not complete one or more of the course 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 2021 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.
5. How can an assessor check his/her continuing education hours?
Assessors can check their continuing education hours by logging into the CERTS system and checking your profile page. Total hours remaining to be completed are listed on the assessor's profile page in CERTS as well as the completed classes that have been properly logged. Assessors are responsible for logging their own continuing education hours in CERTS. As a reminder, the assessor must attend the entire continuing education course to receive credit. Partial credit will not be given. When logging credit, be sure to pick the correct course, date, location and upload proof of attendance.
6. How to obtain assessor continuing education credit for a completed Appraisal Institute (AI), Amercian Society of Appraisers (ASA) or International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) Course?
An assessing officer may receive continuing education credit for a completed AI, ASA and IAAO course that has been issued State Tax Commission pre-approval and is listed on the Approved Continuing Education Course List for 2021 Renewal. The assessor must log the continuing education and upload the certificate of completion to their profile in CERTS.
7. How should an assessor submit a request for approval of an AI, ASA or IAAO Course that is NOT pre-approved and listed on the 2021 Approved Continuing Education Course List?
Certified Assessing Officers may request approval of an AI, ASA or IAAO course that is NOT on the 2021 Approved Continuing Education Course List by submitting a completed Form 5569, Application to Request Approval of an Appraisal Institute, Amercian 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. 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.