Become a CIAO

You can choose one of three paths to qualify for the Certified Illinois Assessing Officer designation: Option 1, Option 2, or Option 3. You may take the required and elective courses in any order.

Option 1  

Required Courses:
•    Basic Assessment Practices, Option 1-IPAI course, 2-1/2 days
•    Property Valuation-IPAI course, 4-1/2 days
•    Introduction to Mass Appraisal Techniques-IPAI course, 2-1/2 days

Elective Courses (you must take two):    

•    Office Management-IPAI course, 2-1/2 days
•    Introduction to Residential Assessment Practice-IDOR course, 2-1/2 days
•    Introduction to Commercial Assessment Practice-IDOR course, 2-1/2 days
•    Introduction to Sales Ratio Studies-IDOR course, 2-1/2 days
•    Introduction to Farmland Assessments-IDOR course, 2-1/2 days
•    Introduction to Mapping for Assessors-IDOR course, 2-1/2 days

Option 2

Required Courses:
•    Basic Assessment Practices, Option 2-IPAI course, 2-1/2 days
•    Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal-IAAO course, 4-1/2 days
•    Income Approach to Value-IAAO course, 4-1/2 days
•    Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice-Appraisal Foundation approved course, 2-1/2 days

Option 3

In order to choose Option 3, you must have an Illinois Certified Real Estate Appraiser License in "good standing."

Required Courses:

•    Basis Assessment Practices, Option 1-IPAI course, 2-1/2 days
•    CIAO, Option 3 Home Study-IPAI course


Applying for your CIAO

Once you have completed the necessary courses, complete the CIAO application form and turn in to the IPAI office. Designations are dated the year in which you complete your final course. You need to begin taking courses for designation maintenance in the first full cycle after you are awarded your CIAO. For example, if your CIAO is dated June 1, 2016, your designation maintenance cycle begins January 1, 2019. 

CIAO Application Form
(Adobe PDF File)