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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fall Education Session

The Michigan Assessors Association offers quality education for Members and Non-Members in four separate locations throughout the State and is recognized for its outstanding continuing education and certification preparation content.  The curriculum is comprised of classes developed by the
Michigan Assessors Association and is supplemented by courses developed by the State Tax Commission for individuals seeking Assessor Certification.


Education Committee


Evelyn Markowski, Chair
Phone: 517-206-5015
Email the Committee Chair


On-line Registration

With on-line registration, participants can use a credit card or check to pay for their course.  On-line registration ensures that you are registered and guaranteed a seat in the class.
* We accept all major credit cards.

MAA Members receive a significant savings in education and conference costs.  If you are not currently an MAA Member, consider joining now, before you register for a class, and save some money.  The cost of a one-year membership is only $75.00 and that's $50.00 less than the additional fee to register as a non-member.

Spring Education Sessions

Annual Summer Conference

Summer Education Sessions

Fall Education Sessions

Durk Ashley and Mark Mullet
Memorial Scholarship Funds

The purpose of these two funds is to assist Michigan Assessors Association (MAA) members whose employers provide no funding for education and who are financially burdened to self-fund educational opportunities.  The funding for these scholarships is made available by the Executive Board of the Michigan Assessors Association and private donations to provide greater opportunities for members to attend educational courses and seminars.  The funding is awarded to any MAA member who demonstrates a financial need, and intends to use the funds to complete an educational activity.

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Fall Education Program
Bellaire Sessions

October 2 - 6, 2017


The deadline to register for all classes is September 1, 2017.

LATE REGISTRATIONS OR REGISTRATIONS NOT ACCOMPANIED WITH
FULL PAYMENT OR A P.O. NUMBER WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


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Shanty Creek Room Reservation

Courses are held at Shanty Creek Resort, 5780 Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire, MI 49615

Course Content & Descriptions


State Tax Commission Courses (Tested)

Basic Property Tax Administration (STC Tested)

Basic Property Tax Administration
Instructor:
Robert Brandmier & Jamie Houserman
October 2 – 6, 2017; Monday-Friday; 8:00am to 5:00pm

This course provides instruction on a variety of topics that are not covered through other MAAO courses but are critical to the requirements to hold MAAO certification. This course will cover the most common property tax exemptions and abatements including the principle residence exemptions, transfer of ownership and personal property tax valuation and administration, including the recently implemented personal property exemptions.

This class is available only to students pursuing MAAO certification
Approved for 20 hours of STC Assessor Continued Education Credit
Limit 35 students

Michigan Certified Assessing Technician (STC Tested)

Michigan Certified Assessing Technician
Instructors:
Shila Kiander & Donna VanderVries
October 2 – 4, 2017; Monday-Wednesday; 8:00am to 5:00pm (Wednesday 8:00am to 1:00pm)

This course is intended to provide education in assessment administration for assessing personnel that are not required to certify an assessment roll. This course will provide an “Overview of Assessment Administration” and will focus on matters such as Principle Residence Exemptions, Property Transfer Affidavits, the Board of Review process and requirements, as well as the clerical aspects of Personal Property. Other important topics will be a General Overview of Operations of an Assessing Office, Assessment Administration Terminology and a basic overview of Property Descriptions. This class is tested and provides limited certification: students must pass a written examination with a score of 75%. MCAT certificate holders may not certify an assessment roll.

Recommended for: Individuals who work in assessing but are not required to be certified
Approved 16 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Educations Credit
Limit 35 Students

Advanced Income (STC Non-Tested)

Advanced Income
Instructor:
Pete Arbour
October 2 – 5, 2017; Monday-Thursday; 8:00am to 5:00pm

In this course, the relationship of mortgage terms and conditions upon the equity position and consequently, investment decisions is explored. Students will develop mortgage constants, amortization schedules, balloon payments and the percentage of loan paid-off at any time. Returns to the equity position are discussed with the concept of leverage. Students will also be introduced to income property models, discuss the relationship of overall property rates to property yield rates and study yield capitalization and equity yield rates. Students must be familiar with the operation of a financial calculator. A Hewlett-Packard-12C, 17B or equivalent calculator is required. No class time will be devoted to instruction in the operation of the calculator. However, a power point is provided that should be reviewed prior to the course.

This class is available only to students pursuing MMAO certification
Approved for 20 hours of STC Assessor Continued Education Credit
Limit 35 students

Advanced Market Analysis (STC Non-Tested)

Advanced Market Analysis
Instructors:
Michael Woolford
October 2 – 5, 2017; Monday-Thursday; 8:00am to 5:00pm

This course examines in detail the sales comparison approach, components of the approach and the application of the approach. Individuals interested in attending this course must possess a valid MAAO certification and be actively working toward MMAO certification.

This class is available only to students pursuing MMAO certification
Approved 20 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 35 Students

Advanced Depreciation (STC Non-Tested)

Advanced Depreciation
Instructors:
Anthony Meyaard
October 2 – 5, 2017; Monday-Thursday; 8:00am to 5:00pm

This course will take a detailed look at where depreciation fits into the overall appraisal process, including a detailed study and analysis of all forms of depreciation, their calculation and application. Too often depreciation is seen as merely a mathematical exercise following a set formula or pattern. It is often used to shift the final value towards a predetermined level.

This class is available only to students pursuing MMAO certification
Approved 20 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 35 Students

Apex Sketching – Integration and Beyond (MAA Non-Tested)

Apex Sketching – Integration and Beyond
Instructors:
Brian Woolard
October 2 – 4, 2017; Monday-Wednesday; 8:00am to 5:00pm (Wednesday 8:00am to 1:00pm)

This class will focus on Apex within BS&A Software. We will be sketching land, residential, agricultural and commercial/industrial buildings. During this class, you will learn how to integrate Apex with BS&A.Net (pricing out residential, agricultural and commercial/industrial buildings to the sketch). We will show how to sketch in the field with an iPad and/or tablet, and you will also learn how to use the Photometrics application with Apex. If you have a laptop, please bring it (Not required but highly recommended)>/strong>. There will be at least one to practice on during breaks.

Recommended for: All assessors
Approved 16 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit

Land Descriptions-Property Tax (MAA Non-Tested)

Land Descriptions-Property Tax
Instructors:
Richard Steffens
October 2 - 4, 2017; Monday – Wednesday; 8:00am to 5:00pm (Wednesday 8:00am to 1:00pm)

This course will deal with REAL PROPERTY TAX DESCRIPTIONS for platted and un-platted land, parcel numbering and tax mapping procedures. Special emphasis will be placed on the basics relating to minimum description standards necessary for a valid Real Property Tax Assessment Description. Calculator is required along with an Engineers Scale and a Protractor.

Recommended for: All assessors
Approved 20 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit

Assessing.NET Report Writer (MAA Non-Tested)

Assessing.NET Report Writer
Instructors:
David Kirwin
October 4 – 6, 2017; Wednesday-Friday; 8:00am to 5:00pm (Friday 8:00am to 1:00pm)

This course will introduce users of the Assessing.Net System to the features and functions of the new Report Designer. Sample custom reports will be created in class in addition to instruction on creating and using filters and queries. In order to get the most out of this class Bring A Laptop.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 20 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit

Appraisal Review (STC Non-Tested)

Appraisal Review
Instructors:
Deborah Ring
October 4, 2017; Wednesday; 8:00am to 5:00pm

This course is recommended for individuals wishing to apply to the STC MMAO Program. This course is not a required MMAO Pre-Requisite course. The Appraisal Review course is designed to pull together all the information students have studied during the MMAO Pre-Requisite courses. In Appraisal Review, students will analyze and review the components of an appraisal by reviewing the sections of a case study. Students will analyze each component of the case study, identifying errors, omissions and items that were completed correctly. The case study is broken down into five components to mimic the items covered in the STC MMAO course: Sales comparison and vacant land sales, cost approach with economic life analysis, income approach, highest and best use with area analysis, neighborhood analysis and tax analysis and finally reconciliation.

This class is available only to students pursuing MMAO certification
Approved 8 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit

Lakefront Valuation (MAA Non-Tested)

Lakefront Valuation
Instructors:
Laurie Spencer
October 2, 2017; Monday; 8:00am to 5:00pm

This class includes basic development of land value determinations including land value development methods but with the primary focus being waterfront properties. The class is geared towards concepts that explain why waterfront is so difficult to value and covers six common waterfront valuation errors. Waterfront land appraisal differs from other land appraisal types. Waterfront land often carries a much higher value than land even a few blocks away from water. Identification of lakeshore characteristics, waterfront rights, setbacks, zoning and waterfront problem solving techniques will be covered. The class also covers some lake speaking terms.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 6 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit

Leadership in Today’s World (MAA Non-Tested)

Leadership in Today’s World
Instructors:
Phillip Bertolini
October 2 – 4, 2017; Monday-Wednesday; 8:00am to 5:00pm (Wednesday 8:00am to 1:00pm)

A course designed to build leadership skills amongst assessing officers. Whether a leader is born or made over time, they must be able to influence people to accomplish a goal. Assessors lead in many different ways as well as follow in many different ways. The effectiveness of their leadership can be the difference between failure and success. This course will identify the skills needed to become an effective leader.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 20 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit

Developing ECF’s Using Sale Data & Other Market Analysis
(MAA Non-Tested)

Leadership in Today’s World
Instructors:
Timothy Schnelle
October 4, 2017; Wednesday; 8:00am to 5:00pm

This course discuss the development of ECF neighborhoods and estimating Economic Condition Factors. Students will also evaluate two case studies involving a commercial and an industrial property where there may be insufficient sales data to develop an ECF in the traditional manner.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 8 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
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