Beginning in 2019, individuals may request reinstatement of their Certified Illinois Assessing Officer (CIAO) designation at any time in the continuing education cycle after the designation has become inactive.
Reinstatement is only permissible for individuals who have allowed their CIAO to lapse after the most recent CE cycle (currently 2015-2018 CE cycle). CIAOs who lost their designation after a previous CE cycle will be required to complete the CIAO Qualifying Series (90 hours of exam courses).
Once your Request to Reinstate form is received, IPAI staff will contact you within five business days with the necessary steps to complete the process.
Steps to reinstatement must be completed within 90 days of submission of your Request to Reinstate form, or within an approved reinstatement plan outlined by the IPAI. Missing the 90-day deadline will require the individual to resubmit the Request to Reinstate form and pay an additional $400 non-refundable fee.
The non-refundable fee must be submitted, and outstanding continuing education hours must be completed, prior to reinstatement. After all steps are complete, the individual will receive a CIAO letter in good standing from the IPAI. Remember, the 90-day clock starts ticking when you submit your application. If you have to take more than 15 outstanding CE hours, we suggest catching up before submitting your application.
Note: Use of the CIAO designation with your name, title, or office are not permitted until a formal reinstatement letter is received.