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Monday, August 20, 2018

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


Sandra Birkenshaw, Chair
Phone: 586-469-5260
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Education Services Coordinator
Beth Botke
517-204-3752
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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.

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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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2018 Summer Education Session
Registration is now Closed


The deadline to register for the Summer Session was August 7, 2018.

The Michigan Assessors Association also offers a series of educational opportunities for Assessment Administrators and Appraisers in the fall.  The Fall Continuing Education Session 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.

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Course Content & Descriptions


Basic Property Tax Administration (STC Tested)

Basic Property Tax Administration
Instructors:
Robert Brandmier & Jamie Houserman
August 27 – 31, 2018: Monday – Friday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Friday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm)

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 principal residence exemptions; transfer of ownership; and personal property tax valuation and administration, including the recently Implemented personal property exemptions. This is a tested course and students must pass the exam with 75% or higher to receive credit for the course.

This class is available only to students pursuing MAAO certification
Recommended for: Individuals taking the self-paced courses to obtain MAAO/3 certification

Limit 35 Students; Minimum 12 Students

Introduction to Appraisal Statistics (STC Tested)

Introduction to Appraisal Statistics
Instructor:
Anthony Meyaard
August 27 – 31, 2018: Monday – Friday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Friday 8:00 am – 1:00 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.

This class is available only to students pursuing MAAO certification
Recommended for: Individuals taking the self-paced courses to obtain MAAO/3 certification

Limit 35 Students; Minimum 12 Students

Basic Income Approach(STC Tested)

Basic Income Approach
Instructor:
Pete Arbour
August 27 - 31, 2018: Monday – Friday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Friday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm)

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
Recommended for: Individuals taking the self-paced courses to obtain MAAO/3 certification

Limit 35 Students; Minimum 12 Students

Assessing.NET Report Writer (Non-Tested)

Assessing.NET Report Writer
Instructor:
David Kirwin
August 28 – 30, 2018: Tuesday – Thursday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Thursday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm)

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 , students should bring a laptop with BS&A Assessing.NET loaded.

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

Apex Sketching - Integration and Beyond (Non-Tested)

Apex Sketching - Integration and Beyond
Instructor:
Brian Woolard
August 29 – 31, 2018: Wednesday – Friday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm)

This class will focus on Apex within BS&A Software. Students will sketch land and residential, agricultural and commercial/industrial buildings. During this class, students will learn how to integrate Apex with BS&A.Net (pricing out residential, agricultural and commercial/industrial buildings based on the sketch). Students will also be shown how to sketch in the field with an IPad and/or a tablet, and will also learn how to use the Photometrics application with Apex. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop with Apex installed (A laptop is not required but highly recommended. There will be at least one to practice sketch done during breaks.

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

Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use (Non-Tested)

Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use
Instructor:
Matthew Schmidt
August 27 – 28, 2018: Monday – Tuesday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Identifying and analyzing market forces affecting the buyers' and sellers' behavior is key to understanding and reporting values. This course is designed to give students the tools needed to properly collect and analyze market data. Markets, sub-markets, market segmentation, supply side analysis, demand analysis and the importance of market analysis to the appraisal process are covered in the first half of this course. The second half focuses on the theory of Highest and Best Use. The two-step analysis along with the four tests for Highest and Best Use are covered in detail. Drill problems and a short case study allow students to put into practice the techniques presented in the course.

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

CAMA Data Standards: Better Land Values & ECF Analysis (Non-Tested)

CAMA Data Standards: Better Land Values & ECF Analysis
Instructor:
David Kirwin
August 27, 2018: Monday; 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Through discussion 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. For students representing multiple units, time may be limited restricting the number of databases which may be converted.

Recommended for: All Assessors
Approved 6 Hours of Continuing Education Credit
Limit 35 Students

To Exempt or Not to Exempt: That is the Question (Non-Tested)

To Exempt or Not to Exempt: That is the Question
Instructors:
Donna VanderVries & Shila Kiander
August 27, 2018: Monday; 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

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 needing to Convert to the Recommended CAMA Data Standards Adopted by the State Tax Commission on April 4, 2018.
Approved 6 Hours of Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students

Appraisal Review for Office Buildings (Non-Tested)

Appraisal Review for Office Buildings
Instructors:
Matt Dingman & David Heinowski
August 28, 2018: Tuesday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Whether the appeal is for Michigan Tax Tribunal or March Board of Review, Assessors are often called upon to review and analyze narrative appraisals as part of their daily tasks. Each market segment brings its own market participants, demands, characteristics that are required in determining market value. Although the general concepts may not change, the application may have differing emphasis utilized.

This course will assist Assessors with what key areas to look for within the appraisal report, what requirements need to be met, and what questions to ask when analyzing the quality of the appraisal document. The advanced concepts in this course require an understanding of Highest and Best Use and the three Approaches to Value. It is ideally suited for those students with an MAAO or MMAO designation.

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

Personal Property Refresher (Non-Tested)

Personal Property Refresher
Instructors:
 Donna VanderVries
August 28, 2018: Tuesday; 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

This program provides a personal property refresher and will cover discovery and basic auditing. It is about the assessor’s requirement to discover, list and value as it applies to personal property. Discussion will include distinguishing real from personal property including leasehold improvements which may seem to be categorized as real or personal for various purposes. Important questions such as what is assessable personal property, who to assess, when to assess, how to assess and valuation will be covered. All real and personal property in this state is assessable if not specifically exempt. The applicable statutes will be discussed and some personal property exemptions found in 211.9 et. seq. will be covered. Discovery will be reviewed including the annual canvass and other sources of discovery. Basics for statement review and auditing will be discussed as well as some unusual situations. Some problems will challenge the students’ thinking.

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

2018 ESA/EMPP Update (Non-Tested)

2018 ESA/EMPP Update
Instructors:
Dave Buick & Kyle TenBroeke
August 30, 2018: Thursday; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This course will cover the most current information relative to the reporting and processing of EMPP and levying of ESA for Michigan manufacturers. What qualifies as EMPP? Should the assessor correct incorrect entries on the taxpayer’s forms? Included will be direction relative to the correct handling of extended IFT’s and other complex issues.

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

AMAR 2.0 (Non-Tested)

AMAR 2.0
Instructor:
Shila Kiander
August 28, 2018: Tuesday; 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course is designed to review the requirements of the new 2018 AMAR. New 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 4 Hours of Continuing Education Credit
Limit 45 Students
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