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. For a listing of course levels and categories listed below, see the Course Descriptions section of our website.

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 prior to sitting for your exam. There is no fee to apply or to sit for the examination. 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, 2018, you cannot sit for the same exam again until December 1, 2019. Successful individuals will be recognized at the annual Spring Conference Recognition Luncheon.

 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
CIAO-S
Specialist
Recipients of the CIAO-S designation have successfully completed the following requirements: Completed 45 hours from 4 categories for a total of 180 hours Worked in the assessment field for a minimum of 5 years Passed a 100-question exam that covers material from IPAI Qualifying, Level 1 & Level 2 courses
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
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