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Monday, April 23, 2018

Spring 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
Phone: 586-469-5260
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Education Services Coordinator
Beth Botke
517-641-6728
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Curriculum-Instructor Development Coordinator
Debby Ring
616-554-0272
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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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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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Spring Education Session
Registration is now Closed


The deadline to register for the Spring Session was April 6, 2018.

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

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

 Okemos Conference Center 

Cancellation/Transfer/Substitution Policy

Course Content & Descriptions


Principles of Appraising-Sales & Cost (STC Tested)

Principles of Appraising-Sales &Cost
Instructor:
Tony Mayaard and Paula Jastifer
May 7 – 11, 2018; Monday-Friday; 8:00 am to 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 and cost 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 MAAO/3 certification.
Limit 35 students; Minimum 12 students

Equalization & Data Collection (STC Tested)

Equalization & Data Collection
Instructors:
Laurie Spencer
May 7 – 11, 2018; Monday-Friday; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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 MAAO/3 certification.
Limit 35 students; minimum 12 students

Michigan Certified Assessing Technician (STC Tested)

Michigan Certified Assessing Technician
Instructor: 
Robert Brandmeir
May 7 - 9, 2018; Monday-Wednesday; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (8:00 am to 1:00 pm Wednesday)

This course provides training necessary to obtain MCAT certification. This course provides 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 covered include: General Overview of Operations of an Assessing Office, Assessment Administration Terminology and a basic overview of Property Descriptions. This class is tested and students must pass a written examination with a score of 75% or higher in order to obtain certification. MCAT certificate holders may not certify an assessment roll.

Restricted to: Individuals wishing to obtain MCAT certification
Limit 35 students

IAAO - Forum 931 –Reading and Understanding Leases

IAAO - Forum 931 –Reading and Understanding Leases
Instructors: 
Roger McCarty and Debby Ring
May 8, 2018; Monday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Enhance your ability to read, analyze, and interpret leases. Learn why extracting all pertinent information from a lease is a critical step in determining property value by the income approach. Terminology, types of leases, common clauses, and custom leases will be reviewed. The impact that these issues have on value will also be discussed.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 8 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 30 Students

Using the HP12C Calculator

Using the HP12C Calculator
Instructors:
Amy L. DeHaan
May 8, 2018; Tuesday; 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

This class is designed to provide attendees with knowledge of the basic functions of the HP12C calculator. Use of the HP12C has long been used in appraising and assessing functions. Many know how to use its general math functions, but do not understand what else this calculator can do. We will review its basic use, and also explore in more depth some of the additional functions that an assessor might use, including: interest and amortization, ECF analysis and statistical functions. An HP12C Calculator is required.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 6 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limit 50 Students

Introduction to New, Loss, Additions, Losses & Adjustments

Introduction to New, Loss, Additions, Losses & Adjustments
Instructors: 
Matthew Raftary
May 9, 2018; Wednesday; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

This class will involve a brief discussion of the history and definitions of equalization new, loss, and adjustment as well as Headlee and capped value additions and losses. Students will learn to determine new, loss, adjustment, additions and losses and the differences between Headlee and capped value additions and losses as they apply to the capped value formula. The instructors will guide students through study problems involving splits and combinations, exemptions, new construction, Board of Review actions, etc., and calculate assessed, capped and taxable values based upon various scenarios. A silent, portable calculator is required.

Recommended for: All assessors
Approved 8 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limited to 50 Students.

Application of IAAO’s “Commercial Big Box Retail” Paper in Michigan

Application of IAAO’s “Commercial Big Box Retail” Paper in Michigan
Instructors: 
Roger McCarty & David Heinowski
May 9, 2018; Thursday; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The “Dark Store Theory” has had a significant impact on the valuation of Big Box stores in Michigan for property tax purposes. The Theory has been used in many property tax appeals at the Tax Tribunal with significant success in both Michigan and other states. Dark Store Theory has become a significant issue in Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas and other states. In response to this issue, the International Association of Assessing Officers established a special committee to study the Big Box issue and provide guidance to assessors in determining value for property tax purposes. The paper went through peer review and several revisions. This class will discuss the issues raised and expand on some of the points that have caused controversy.*

* This paper was designed by IAAO for universal use. The instructors will discuss its significance and application as they relate to the State of Michigan.
Recommended for: All assessors
Approved 4 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit

Key Topics: 18 Things Assessors Need to Know for 2018

Key Topics: 18 Things Assessors Need to Know for 2018
Instructors: 
Department of Treasury Staff
May 9, 2018; Wednesday; 1:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Department of Treasury’s Key Topics for 2018 includes the 18 important things that every assessor needs to be aware of for 2018. Topics include; Audit of Minimum Assessing Requirements (AMAR), Assessors Manual, Disabled Veterans Exemption Mid-Year Changes, Disabled Veterans Exemption Unremarried Surviving Spouse, Board of Review Authorities, Changes to the PRE Statute Public Acts 121 and 122 of 2017, Charitable Exemptions (MCL 211.7o)), EMPP and ESA Reminders, Small Business Taxpayer Exemption (MCL 211.9o), Sales Ratio Study Date Changes, Personal Property – Leasehold Improvements, Qualified Forest Statutory Changes, Qualified Agricultural Statutory Changes, Submitting MCL 211.154 Forms, Poverty Exemption Guidelines, Assessor Recertification Requirements, STC Offered Educational Programs, 2018 Property Tax Calendar Key Dates.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 4 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit

Preparing for a Reappraisal

Preparing for a Reappraisal
Instructors: 
Scott Engerson
May 10, 2018; Thursday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The objective of this course is to provide assessors with the necessary training to adequately prepare for and plan a unit-wide reappraisal. The course will focus on measuring the reliability of existing data as an essential first step. Pros and cons of traditional on-site physical inspection models versus modern desktop review models will be discussed. Students will learn to establish realistic goals, outcomes, and time lines based on the level of available resources.

Recommended for: Assessor preparing for a community-wide reappraisal
Approved 8 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit

CAMA Data Standards: Better Land Valuation & ECF Analysis

CAMA Data Standards: Better Land Valuation & ECF Analysis
Instructors: 
David Kirwin
May 10, 2018; Thursday; 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Discuss and demonstration of CAMA Data Standards and how they relate to the real world applications. This presentation will cover concepts related to Land Valuation and ECF analysis and how to improve data quality.

* A personal laptop with the most current version of BS&A Software’s Equalizer Software is required. Students are also encouraged to also bring their own assessment data which will enable them to convert their data during the presentation. Students representing multiple units time may be limited on how many databases you will be able to convert. All students

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 6 hours of STC Assessor Continuing Education Credit
Limited to 40 students
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