MAAO COURSE OFFERINGS

 Certified Minnesota Assessor Required Courses


Accredited Minnesota Assessor Courses


Minnesota Assessment Laws & Procedures (ALP)

Assessment Laws and Procedures is an introductory 30-hour course dealing with the assessment field in Minnesota.  Participants will learn about property tax laws in Minnesota, real estate law and assessment procedures.  This course is designed for individuals who are just beginning their study of the assessing field, but also can serve as a review for persons currently working in assessment. This is a required course for the Certified Minnesota Assessor level of licensure.  This course is also approved by the Minnesota Board of Assessors for 30 hours of continuing education. 


Residential Appraisal Principles

This introductory 30-hour course plus exam provides an overview of real property concepts and characteristics, legal considerations, value influences, real estate finance, types of value, economic principles, real estate markets and analysis, and ethics in appraisal through lecture and problem solving.  Have you ever wondered: 
  • Why we have a specific date for our values?
  • Why we don’t use the actual cost of a fireplace or swimming pool in our values?
  • What is the difference between a trust, warranty, or special warranty deed?
  • What is the difference between tenancy in common and joint tenancy?
  • What is the difference between personal property and trade fixtures?
  • What are characteristics of value?
  • How do I know if the property’s use is legal?
  • Are there any types of value other than assessed or market value?
  • What is highest and best use?  How does that pertain to my job?
  • What is the difference between a supply and a demand market?
  • What is the neighborhood life cycle? 

The emphasis of this course is on the three approaches to value and is the third sequential course required for the Certified Minnesota Assessor level of licensure.  This course has been approved for 30 hours of continuing education with the Minnesota State Board of Assessors and the Minnesota Department of Commerce. 


Residential Appraisal Procedures 

This introductory 30-hour course plus exam provides an overview of real estate appraisal approaches to valuation, procedures, value, property description, residential applications, commercial applications, improvement construction, home inspection, and appraisal math through lecture and problem solving.  Have you ever wondered:

  • What should I look for when I visit a property?  Condition?  Quality?
  • How do I calculate size?
  • How do I calculate depreciation?
  • How do you calculate the cost of a house or another building?
  • How do I calculate a site value?
  • How do I know at what stage a new house is, in the construction cycle?
  • What are the differences between the cost, income, and sales comparison approaches to value?
  • What are different types of appraisal reports?
  • How do these things affect an appraiser?

The emphasis of this course is on the three approaches to value and is the third sequential course required for the Certified Minnesota Assessor level of licensure.  This course has been approved for 30 hours of continuing education with the Minnesota State Board of Assessors and the Minnesota Department of Commerce. 


Mass Appraisal Basics

This introductory 30-hour course plus exam introduces participants to the concepts and procedures of ad valorem mass appraisal through lecture, problem solving, and case studies.  Emphasis is on the practical application of mass appraisal techniques in the three approaches to value, statistics and sales ratio studies and is the fourth sequential course required for the Certified Minnesota Assessor level of licensure.  This course has been approved for 30 hours of continuing education with the Minnesota State Board of Assessors and the Minnesota Department of Commerce.


Minnesota Assessment Administration 

Minnesota Assessment Administration covers:  the role of the assessor in the property tax system; assessment office reporting practices; sales and the sales ratio study; the appeal and assessment review process; communication and public relations; and technology in the assessment process.  This is an approved assessment administration course for the Accredited Minnesota Assessor level of licensure.  This course is also approved by the Minnesota State Board of Assessors for 30 hours of continuing education.


Basic Income Approach

This 30-hour course introduces the students to the income approach through lecture and problem solving.  Emphasis is on practical application of this approach rather than theory.  Course materials include development of net operating income and use of direct capitalization using a multiplier and a rate.  This course is recommended prior to taking IAAO Course 102 - Income Approach to Valuation, but it is not required.  This course is an approved income course for the Accredited Minnesota Assessor licensure.  It is also approved by the MN State Board of Assessors and the MN Department of Commerce for 30 hours of assessor/appraiser continuing education. 


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Other Education Links:

International Association of Assessing Officers

North Central Regional Association of Assessing Officers

Appraisal Institute

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

Minnesota Department of Revenue