CIAO Advanced Designations

The Illinois Property Assessment Institute confers three advanced designations: CIAO-I, CIAO-S, and CIAO-M. You must first obtain a CIAO before pursuing an advanced designation. All candidates for advanced designations must have already completed the Ethics for New Assessment Professionals or Exploring Assessment Ethics courses prior to being awarded the advanced designation.

 

Applying for an Advanced Designation

You may apply for an advanced designation by completing the application form below. Your application must be approved by IPAI and a $100 fee paid prior to sitting for your exam. Qualifying core courses do not count toward the minimum required advanced designation CE hours.

Applicants may only test for the same exam once in a 365-day period. For example, if you take the exam on December 1, 2021, you cannot sit for the same exam again until December 1, 2022. Successful individuals will be honored at the annual IPAI Celebration Banquet at the State Conference.

 Advanced Designation Application Form 

 

CIAO-I
Intermediate

Recipients of the CIAO-I designation have successfully completed the following requirements:

  • Completed 30 hours in 4 categories for a total of 120 hours
  • Worked in the assessment field for a minimum of 3 years
  • Passed a 100-question exam that covers material from IPAI Qualifying and Level 1 courses
  • Successfully completed Ethics for New Assessment Professionals (qualifying course) or Exploring Assessment Ethics (CE course).

CIAO-M
MASTER

Recipients of the CIAO-M designation have successfully completed the following requirements:

  • Completed at least 30 hours in all 6 categories for a total of 180 hours
  • Worked in the assessment field for a minimum of 8 years
  • Passed a 100-question comprehensive exam that covers material from IPAI Qualifying, Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3 courses
  • Successfully completed Ethics for New Assessment Professionals (qualifying course) or Exploring Assessment Ethics (CE course).

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