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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Summer 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.

Scholarship Application

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The Summer Education Session
has Concluded for the Year


Educational opportunities for next summer are now in the planning stages.  Please be sure to check back this fall to see the outstanding opportunities we plan to offer!

The Michigan Assessors Association also offers a series of educational opportunities for Assessment Administrators and Appraisers in the fall.  The Fall Education Sessions curriculum consists of classes developed by the Michigan Assessors Association and Michigan State Tax Commission.

Be sure to check our Fall Sessions for additional educational opportunities.


Michigan Certified Assessing Technician (STC Tested)

Michigan Certified Assessing Technician
Instructors:
Shila Kiander & Donna VanderVries
August 14 – 16, 2017: Monday – Wednesday; 8:00am – 5:00pm (Wednesday 8:00am – 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 Principal 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 minimum 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

Principles of Appraising (STC Tested)

Principles of Appraising
Instructor:
Richard Steffens
August 14 – 18, 2017: Monday – Friday; 8:00am – 5:00pm (Friday 8:00am – 1:00pm)

The purpose of this course is to provide a course on study of valuation concepts, focusing on factors, trends and forces that affect value and specifically on the proper execution of the sales comparison approaches.

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

Basic Income (STC Tested)

Basic Income
Instructors:
Jamie Houserman & Chuck Zemla
August 14 18, 2017: Monday – Friday; 8:00am – 5:00pm (Friday 8:00am – 1:00pm)

Basic Income is an introductory course which explores the economic concepts in the Income Approach to Value. Students are exposed to the economic principles underlying the Income Approach. The process of estimating potential gross income, operating expense analysis and the development of net operating income are discussed. Sources of income and expense information for various property types and techniques for gathering this data are explored. Basic capitalization processes are identified with emphasis placed on rate development from direct capitalization methods. Calculator is required.

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

Commercial/Industrial Valuation (STC Tested)

Commercial/Industrial Valuation
Instructors:
Anthony Meyaard & Paula Jastifer-Givens
August 14 – 18, 2017: Monday – Friday; 8:00am – 5:00pm (Friday 8:00am – 1:00pm)

This course focuses on the concepts involved in valuing properties that are often referred to collectively as commercial and industrial properties. The topics discussed in this course include identifying properties by their relevant characteristics; studying the proper market and its characteristics (i.e., market analysis); evaluating a property’s highest and best use; the three approaches to value; and applying proper judgment and determination in reconciliation. Relevant characteristics are examined including legal, physical and economic components. Locational attributes are considered a part of examining a property’s physical characteristics, although it is generally expressed separately. This course presumes a base of knowledge in Appraisal Principles and Basic Income. Students will want to refer to their Basic Income text in their course work.

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

Equalization & Data Collection (STC Tested)

Equalization & Data Collection
Instructors:
Ed VanderVries & Laurie Spencer
August 14 – 18, 2017: Monday – Friday; 8:00am – 5:00pm (Friday 8:00am – 1:00pm)

This course introduces students to the equalization process. Data Collection and the Equalization Process are linked through the requirement to determine the market value of property within a local unit. Assessors are required to sift through massive amounts of data in order to determine which data can and should be used when determining the market value of property, reviewing an appraisal, writing an appraisal, conducting sales studies or any of the other million things that an assessor must evaluate on an annual basis. This course will examine in detail the equalization and data collection process.

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

Finance, Management & Valuation Disclosure (STC Non-Tested)

Finance, Management & Valuation Disclosure
Instructors:
Robert Brandmier
August 14 – 17, 2017: Monday – Thursday; 8:00am – 5:00pm

This course will cover areas that individuals who wish to hold Master level certification will need to understand in order to be a successful MMAO. Master level assessing officers must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing. They must employ strong management techniques and must understand government finance. Finally, they must have a detailed understanding of assessment administration in order to apply their knowledge of property valuation.

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

The Art of Public Speaking for Assessors (MAA Non-Tested)

The Art of Public Speaking for Assessors
Instructors:
Phil Bertolini
August 14 – 16, 2017: Monday – Wednesday; 8:00am – 5:00pm

This course will focus on the skills necessary to effectively present to groups of all sizes. Many assessors consider public speaking to be their lowest priority but in reality, they cannot perform their functions without effectively communicating with the public and various governmental groups. This course will provide a hands-on experience where everyone will have the ability to present to a group on various topics. An attendee should expect to the requisite skills and be qualified to present in front of people by the end of this course.

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

To Exempt or Not to Exempt (MAA Non-Tested)

To Exempt or Not to Exempt
Instructors:
Shila Kiander & Donna VanderVries
August 16, 2017: Wednesday; 8:00am – 3:00pm

This course is designed to give an overview of Property Tax Exemptions in Michigan. Exemptions that are applied for and approved by the STC and/or the Local Assessor/Unit of government will briefly be referenced. However, the course is designed to cover the property tax exemptions found in statute that do not have a standard statutory application and approval process.

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