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