CE Requirements

The IPAI requires all active CIAO's to complete 60 hours of continuing education (CE) over a four-year cycle. All CIAOs are on the same CE cycle as detailed below. If you fail to complete CE hours, your designation will become inactive and will be reported as such to the Illinois Department of Revenue.


Continuing Education Cycle Schedule:

CE Cycle 11 - 14: January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2014

CE Cyle 15 - 18: January 1, 2015 – December 15, 2018

CE Cycle 19 - 22: January 1, 2019 – December 15, 2022

CE Cycle 23 - 26: January 1, 2023 - December 15, 2026 (Current Continuing Education Cycle)

CE Cycle 27 - 30: January 1, 2027 – December 15, 2030



Do I need continuing education?

Yes, depending on when you received your CIAO designation!

  • Before January 1, 2023 – You need 60 hours of CE as outlined above.
  • After January 1, 2023 – You do not need to begin CE until January 1, 2027.
  • I am working toward my CIAO – You do not need CE until after you have your designation.

For a complete list of IPAI courses, visit the course schedule of our website. CIAOs may also take courses through the Illinois Department of Revenue and International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). If you take a course from a provider other than the IPAI or IDOR, you are responsible for reporting that course by sending a copy of your completion certificate to the IPAI office. See the Reporting CE Hours page for more details.


How do I check my CE status?


Can I repeat courses?

You may only take the same course once with the four-year CE cycle. Courses repeated within the same CE cycle will not count toward CE credit.

The Illinois Department of Revenue has different requirements for individuals seeking a stipend that only allow you to take the same course once every ten years. Contact IDOR for more information on these requirements.


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