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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 2025 certifications in the Assessor Certification Bulletin 8 of 2023.  The bulletin is available on the State Tax Commission's website at www.michigan.gov/statetaxcommission or available at the following link: State Tax Commission Bulletin 8 of 2023 - 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:

Approved Continuing Education Course List for 2025 Renewal

Approved Continuing Education Course List for 2024 Renewal

Approved Continuing Education Course List for 2023 Renewal

Approved Continuing Education Course List for 2022 Renewal

 

Completed Continuing Education Reports:

Assessor & MCAT Completed Continuing Education Report for 2024 Renewal

Assessor & MCAT Completed Continuing Education Report for 2023 Renewal

Assessor & MCAT Completed Continuing Education Report for 2022 Renewal

Assessor & MCAT Completed Continuing Education Report for 2021 Renewal

Assessor & MCAT Completed Continuing Education Report for 2020 Renewal

Assessor & MCAT Completed Continuing Education Report for 2019 Renewal

 

Commonly Asked Questions

1.  What continuing education must a MCAO, MAAO and MMAO assessor complete to renew his/her certification for 2025?

MCAO, MAAO and MMAO assessors must complete 16 hours of continuing education between November 1, 2023 and October 31, 2024.  Assessing officers will need to complete the 2024 State Tax Commission Updates Course in addition to the 16 hours of continuing education.  The 2024 State Tax Commission Updates Course can be completed in-person or through the STC Online Education Portal.  In order to receive credit, courses must be approved by the State Tax Commission (STC).  Assessors can only complete eight (8) of the required 16 hours of continuing education through approved online courses.   Online continuing education hours can be completed through the STC Online Education Portal or through an STC approved online course offered by an outside organization.  Individuals enrolled in a MCAO, MAAO, or MMAO educational program still must complete the 2024 State Tax Commission Updates course to recertify for 2025.

2.  What continuing education must a MCAT assessor complete to renew his/her certification for 2025?

Michigan Certified Assessing Technicians must complete four (4) hours of continuing education for the 2025 renewal cycle (November 1, 2023 - October 31, 2024).  In order to achieve the required 4 hours of continuing education, Technicians have the option to complete any continuing education course approved by the STC for assessing officers or an STC online continuing education course of their choice (excluding the Learning the HP12C Calculator course) offered through the STC Online Education Portal.  An individual certified at the MCAT level who is interested in advancing their assessing knowledge, may take additional approved assessing administration courses during the same renewal period that will not be inputted in the Commission's online CERTS System or result in continuing education credit being issued for recertification purposes.

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 state-tax-commission@michigan.gov.

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 2025 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), American 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 2025 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 2025 Approved Continuing Education Course List?

Certified Assessing Officers may request approval of an AI, ASA or IAAO course that is NOT on the 2025 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.  Notification of the approval or denial of the course will be provided to the Assessing Officer in writing.

Form 5569, Application to Request Approval of an Appraisal Institute, American Society of Appraisers or International Association of Assessing Officers Educational Course

How to File Application Form 5569

 

Contact Information:

Questions regarding Assessing Officer or MCAT continuing education or certification renewal may be submitted to the State Tax Commission by email at state-tax-commission@michigan.gov or by phoning (517) 335-3429 and selecting Option 5.