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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 2024 certifications in the Assessor Certification Bulletin 6 of 2022. 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 6 of 2022, 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 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 2024?
MCAO, MAAO and MMAO assessors must complete 16 hours of continuing education between November 1, 2022 and October 31, 2023. Assessing officers will need to complete the 2023 State Tax Commission Updates Course as part of these 16 hours. The 2023 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 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 2024?
Michigan Certified Assessing Technicians must complete the 2023 State Tax Commission Updates Course in order to recertify for the 2024 renewal cycle (November 1, 2022 - October 31, 2023). The 2023 State Tax Commission Updates Course can be completed in-person or 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 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 2024 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 2024 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 2024 Approved Continuing Education Course List?
Certified Assessing Officers may request approval of an AI, ASA or IAAO course that is NOT on the 2024 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
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.