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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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


Sandra Birkenshaw, Chair
586-469-5260
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Beth Botke
Education Administrator
517-204-3752
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Debby Ring
Curriculum-Instructor Development Coordinator
616-570-2497
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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 $90.00 and that's $35.00 less than the additional fee to register as a non-member.

Spring Education Sessions

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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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2019 Fall Education Program

September 30 - October 4, 2019
Boyne Highlands
600 Highland Drive
Harbor Springs, MI 49740-9556


The deadline to register for State Tax Commission tested classes is August 27, 2019
The Deadline to register for all other classes is September 20, 2019*
*Continuing Education classes to be announced soon.

LATE REGISTRATIONS OR REGISTRATIONS NOT ACCOMPANIED WITH
FULL PAYMENT OR A P.O. NUMBER WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
PURCHASE ORDERS MUST BE PAID IN FULL PRIOR TO CLASS ATTENDANCE.


Member On-line Registration      Non-Member On-line Registration     

Print Fall Brochure       Boyne Highlands Reservations

Cancellation/Transfer/Substitution Policy

Important Information Regarding all MAAO/3 Certification Courses
MAAO candidates must complete seven tested courses and a USPAP Course in order to achieve MAAO Certification.  Students must first take Principles of Appraising, then Statistics and then Basic Income before any other courses can be taken. MAA students are advised to check the STC’s MAAO Self-Paced Course Credit Report on their website to be certain they are in compliance with the prerequisites before registering for class.  Questions should be addressed to Treasury staff.

Course Content & Descriptions


Introducing New "Session Tracks"
Fall classes are categorized into subject “tracks” to assist students interested in pursuing a specific course of study. Students may register for individual classes within any track, however, MAA encourages students to register for all classes in a track to take advantage of the full range of instruction provided within the specified track.

STC Certification Program

Equalization & Data Collection (STC Tested)

Equalization & Data Collection
Instructor:
Laurie Spencer
September 30 - October 4, 2019; Monday – Friday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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 is a tested course and students must pass the exam with 75% or higher to receive credit for the course.

Restricted to:  Individuals taking the self-paced courses to obtain MAA0/3 certification who meet the prerequisite requirements.The use of a cell phone as a calculator is prohibited during the exam.
Limit 35 Students; Minimum 12 Students

Introduction to Appraisal Statistics (STC Tested)

Introduction to Appraisal Statistics
Instructor:
Tony Meyaard
September 30 - October 4, 2019; Monday – Friday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This course will assist students in developing techniques for reviewing, for analyzing and for condensing data in hopes of finding single values that typify most of the data. Students will also learn techniques that will allow them to draw inferences about a data set from a sample of the data. This is a tested course and students must pass the exam with 75% or higher to receive credit for the course.

Restricted to:  Individuals taking the self-paced courses to obtain MAA0/3 certification who meet the prerequisite requirements.The use of a cell phone as a calculator is prohibited during the exam.
Limit 35 Students; Minimum 12 Students

Principles of Appraising (STC Tested)

Principles of Appraising
Instructors:
Bob Brandmier and Josh Simmons
September 30 - October 4, 2019; Monday – Friday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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 is a tested course and students must pass the exam with 75% or higher to receive credit for the course.

Restricted to:  Individuals taking the self-paced courses to obtain MAA0/3 certification who meet the prerequisite requirements.The use of a cell phone as a calculator is prohibited during the exam.
Limit 35 Students; Minimum 12 Students

Assessing Technology Track

Assessing and Today’s Technology (Non-Tested) New the year

Assessing and Today’s Technology (Part of Assessing Technology Track)
Instructor: David Kirwin
October 1 - 3, 2019; Tuesday and Wednesday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

“New Class 2019” This class will be going over the latest that technology has to offer within the assessing community. We will discuss the latest and greatest computers, iPads, and tablets. What are programs are out now and what we should except to be coming down the line for future planning and budgeting. We will go over that latest that GIS has to offer and what roll that can/will play in the assessing community. We will go over the latest mobile apps and the best technology to use with them.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved for 16 hours of Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Damage Assessment Reporting (FEMA) (Non-Tested) New the year

Damage Assessment Reporting (FEMA)(Part of Assessing Technology Track)
Instructors: Matthew Woolford, Steve Rickers, Brenda Ritchie, Caryn Rasch and David Kirwin
October 3, 2019; Thursday; 1:00 am – 5:00 pm

“New Class 2019” When disaster strikes our units, assessing officers are called upon to quickly estimate damage amounts in dollars as well as the extent of damage to structures (including exempt buildings, bridges, and roads). While the mandated reporting has not changed substantially over the years, technology can enable the assessor’s team to rapidly make educated estimates of loss. Working with BS&A and their GIS, Kent County requested additional parcel record fields to be used to log the extent of damage by parcel and the resultant value loss estimate by parcel and in the aggregate. This four-hour class will cover the use of the reporting capabilities of BS&A by Kent County instructors drawing on their experiences with flood, straight wind and tornado damage. David Kirwin of BS&A will also be a part of the team for technical answers to questions. Attendees are expected to leave with the skills to comply with the damage assessment reporting requirements of FEMA should their communities face natural disaster.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved for 4 Hours of Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Assessing Essentials Track

AMAR 2.0 (Audit of Minimum Assessment Requirements) (Non-Tested)

AMAR 2.0 (Audit of Minimum Assessment Requirements) (Part of Assessing Essentials Track)
Instructor Shila Kiander
October 1, 2019; Tuesday; 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course is designed to review the requirements of the AMAR for 2018 – 2022. Requirements as well as best practices for assessment administration will be included. Examples and ideas of how to implement corrections will be covered.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved for 4 Hours of Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Database Audit & Cleanup (Non-Tested)New the year

Database Audit & Cleanup (Part of Assessing Essentials Track)
Instructor: Gail Dolbee
October 1, 2019; Tuesday; 1:00 am – 5:00 pm

“New Class 2019” This course is designed for assessors who want to dig deeper into the data that is in their database. How is it organized? What reports can be run find out? What needs to be cleaned up? Does your database look the same as it did when you took over the roll? While this is not a “BS&A” class, it is suggested that students bring their laptop.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved for 4 Hours of Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Fundamentals of Assessment Administration (Non-Tested)

Fundamentals of Assessment Administration (Part of Assessing Essentials Track)
Instructor: Shila Kiander
October 2, 2019; Wednesday; 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

This course offers 6 different subjects in 6 hours. Each hour will consist of a hybrid lecture, class participation, Q&A, subject scenario and networking. The is a fast-paced, high energy course that includes resources, procedures/best practices and the “hot topic” of each subject. The goal is a course is to cover each subject for students who are new to the profession and those with years of experience

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved for 6 Hours of Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Get the 411 on Forms (Non-Tested) New the year

Get the 411 on Forms(Part of Assessing Essentials Track)
Instructors: Shila Kiander
October 3, 2019; Thursday; 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

“New Class 2019” Assessors, Equalization Directors and staff for both are inundated with forms. Forms need to be completed and filed with other government agencies in property assessment administration. Assessors receive forms that have to be processed and the information is used for work in the office. Some forms are printed from CAMA software and require very little time once completed, others require in-depth analysis and are very time consuming. Where does all of the data come from, what is it for and how is it used? This course will attempt to answer those questions.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved for 6 Hours of Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Real Estate Appraiser Credit Track

Forum 932 – Restructuring Income/Expense Statements (Non-Tested)

IAAO Forum 932 – Restructuring Income/Expense Statements (Part of Real Estate Appraiser Credit Track)
Instructors: Roger McCarty and Deborah Ring
October 1, 2019; Tuesday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This Find out the importance of restructuring of income and expense statements for use in the Income Approach to Value. Learn how to take an owner’s income statement and restructure it applying knowledge learned in this forum. Income and expense items that are not permissible for valuation purposes and items that are allowable, but not reported by property owners will be discussed and reviewed. A CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved for 8 Hours of Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Approved for 8 Hours of Appraiser Continued Education Credit Limit 45 Students

Residential Site Valuation & Cost Approach (Non-Tested) New the year

Residential Site Valuation & Cost Approach (Part of Real Estate Appraiser Credit Track)
Instructor: Roger McCarty and Debby Ring
October 2 - 3, 2019; Wednesday and Thursday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

“New Class 2019” This course begins with a discussion of valuation principles leading to a discussion of the determination of Highest and Best Use for properties. The course then covers the single property valuation of land and building by the cost approach for residential properties. These skills are directly related to appeal situations as well as mass appraisal analysis of individual property differences which may indicate functional obsolescence. Calculator is required. The text is a preprinted, bound book.

Recommended for: All assessors
Approved for 16 Hours of Continuing Education Credit
Approved for 20 hours of Appraiser Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Continuing Education Courses

Real Property Description (MAA Non-Tested) New the year

Real Property Description
Instructor:
Michael Neese
October 1 - 3, 2019; Tuesday and Wednesday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday; 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

“New Class 2019” Beginning with property rights, this class will cover conveyances, easements, fractional interests, the Land Division Act, legal versus tax descriptions (and reading and writing both), tax maps, tax sales, boundary disputes and many other related topics. This class will give detailed, practical instructions appropriate for assessing offices. The text is newly written for this class and a team of experts has been preparing an excellent class for our member students. A calculator is required for the class.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved for 16 Hours of Continuing Education Credit
Approved for 16 Hours of Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Valuation of PFAS Contaminated Properties (Non-Tested) New the year

Valuation of PFAS Contaminated Properties
Instructors:
Jason Rosenzweig and Jeff Miller
October 1, 2019; Tuesday; 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

“New Class 2019” Parts of Kent County have been found to have ground water contamination by PFAS. For properties on wells, this has potential health repercussions. How have property values been impacted? How have assessors dealt with taxpayer inquiries and appeals? The instructors will share their experiences over the past several assessment cycles.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved for 4 Hours of Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

MTA BOR Advanced Session: What’s New and In Review (Non-Tested) New the year

MTA BOR Advanced Session: What’s New and In Review
Instructor:
Dulcee Ranton
October 3, 2019; Thursday; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“New Class 2019” PA 660 will require each assessing district have a BOR which acts within the GPTA. BOR members will be required to take bi-annual training. Usually these classes are offered in February when the weather conditions and workloads preclude many in assessing offices from attending. MTA’s 2019 class is being offered at a more convenient time. This class covers statutory requirements of the BOR as well as restrictions on their powers.

Recommended for: Appropriate for all assessing officers, technicians, BOR members, and elected officials
Approved for 4 Hours of Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Valuation & Assessment of Wireless Communications Towers (Non-Tested) New the year

Valuation & Assessment of Wireless Communications Towers
Instructors:
Timothy Schnelle
October 2, 2019; Wednesday; 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

“New Class 2019” To teach Course participants proper application of the State Tax Commission recommended assessment and valuation procedures for communications towers, along with the practical uses and limitations of those procedures and to provide the participant with sufficient knowledge and understanding of the industry and its assessable property so that he or she can evaluate taxpayer contentions of over-valuation and can, if necessary, undertake the defense of the existing true cash value determination, including analysis of the potential valuation methods and their applicability and determination of the discovery needed from the taxpayer before the analysis can be properly completed.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved for 6 Hours of Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Approved for 6 Hours of Appraiser Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

2019 Overview of STC Bulletins, Policy and Case Law (Non-Tested) New the year

2019 Overview of STC Bulletins, Policy and Case Law
Instructor:
Kari Miles
October 3, 2019; Thursday; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“New Class 2019” This session will highlight recent State Tax Commission Bulletins, policy issues, and legislation impacting assessment administration. The course will also provide an overview and discussion of relevant Michigan Tax Tribunal, Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court decisions.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved for 4 Hours of Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students
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