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CIAO Appraiser Option Updated

June 11, 2019

The IPAI Board of Directors has announced updates to the CIAO Certified Appraiser option. Anyone using this path to obtain a CIAO designation must possess a “Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser” or “Certified General Real Estate Appraiser” license in good standing.  (Associate Real Estate Trainee Appraiser does not qualify). The following requirements must also be met:


Required Assessment Courses:

  1. Introduction to Property Tax, IDOR Course, 15 hours with exam
  2. Basics of Mass Appraisal, IPAI Course, 15 hours with exam

(These courses are taken in the classroom)

Required 100 Question Comprehensive Exam

In addition to the above courses and exam, those seeking the CIAO Certified Appraiser Option must successfully complete a 100-question exam covering material from:

  • IPAI Courses “Introduction to Assessment in Illinois”, Property Valuation”
  • IDOR courses “Introduction to Residential Assessment Practice”, “Introduction to Commercial Assessment Practice”, and basic concepts from “Introduction to Farmland Assessments”

(Materials provided for home study leading up to scheduled exam)


This option will be available July 1, 2019. Applicants may begin registering for courses now, but the 100-question exam and completion of the CIAO Certified Appraiser application may not be completed until after July 1.

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