MAAO Recertification Program

 

In 1996 the MAAO instituted recertification procedures for its Professional Designation Program.  In order for a designee to maintain his/her designation specific continuing educational requirements were established.  These requirements must be met over a three year period related to the birth date of the individual.  Failure to meet the requirements results in the designation becoming inactive and may not be used by the individual in any professional manner.  The designations of those that have not met the requirements of recertification are currently considered “inactive” and those individuals should refrain from using their designations (MAA, RMA, CMA).   It should be noted that Chapter 6 of the MAAO Code of Ethics is quite clear in the fact that unauthorized use of any professional designation is a violation of the Code. I have included the pertinent chapter from the Code of Ethics below.

 

6. REPRESENTATION OF QUALIFICATIONS

Use no M.A.A.O. professional designation unless duly authorized to do so by the

association and claim no qualifications in reports, testimony or elsewhere, which are not

factual or which may be subject to erroneous interpretation.

 


On May 14, 2013 the Professional Admissions Committee agreed to accept on-line courses

for recertification purposes only.  Any on-line courses that are accepted by the Massachusetts State Licensing Commission, Board of Real Estate Appraisers, will be accepted.  This includes the online USPAP 7 Hr. Update.  Any other online course must be submitted to the Professional Admissions Committee for approval.  The 15 Hr. USPAP Course will not be accepted for primary education but it can be applied towards recertification requirements.  On-line courses will not be accepted as primary education requirements for the initial awarding of any of our designations; MAA, RMA, CMA.

This change took effect on May 14, 2013.


Necessary Forms are Below

For a recert application that you can fill out and print go herePreferred On-Line Excel Recert Form


For a PDF copy of the application go herePDF Recert Form


The recertification requirements are listed below.

 


 

PROCEDURE AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

FOR RECERTIFICATION OF PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS
C.M.A. - R.M.A. - M.A.A. (Effective 9/14/2014)

 

I. Each designated member of the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers must apply for recertification by their birthday every three years.

 

II. The Applicant is responsible for supplying the necessary documentation for recertification of approved credit hours to the Executive Director.

 

III. The Applicant if responsible for the recertification requirements for the highest designation that they have achieved.

 

IV. To maintain their certification a member must attend forty-five (45) hours of continuing education over the three year period.

For the MAA Designation attendance in either, the “National USPAP 15 hour Course” or the “National USPAP 7 hour Update” must be included in the total of 45 hours.

For the RMA Designation attendance in either, the “National USPAP 15 hour Course” or the “National USPAP 7 hour Update” must be included in the total of 45 hours. Also, a minimum of 10 hours must be in appraisal related courses, seminars, or workshops.

For the CMA Designation attendance in either, the “National USPAP 15 hour Course” or the “National USPAP 7 hour Update” must be included in the total of 45 hours. Also, a minimum of 20 hours must be in appraisal related courses, seminars, or workshops.


V. All courses/seminars/workshops documentation should be submitted to the Executive Director and approved by the Professional Admissions Committee. 


VI. A fee of $50.00 will be charged for recertification and is payable at the time of application.

 

VII. Any designee who is no longer active as a Regular Member of the M.A.A.O. and who's designation is current at the time of leaving active service, may apply for retired status by the anniversary of their birthday, every three years. The fee for this status will be $20.00.





Current recertification Policies:


As approved May 14, 2013 amended Sept. 10, 2013, and November 12, 2013, Sept. 14, 2014, and October 21, 2014.

  1. Subscribing and Associate Members who hold any MAAO designation will have to meet the same recertification requirements as regular members.  Members who are classified as Retirees under the bylaws may maintain their designations by submitting an application every three years and paying the appropriate fee.  No continuing education credits are required.

  2. Any designee taking any MAAO course (1, 2, 3, 5, or 4) for recertification credits only shall have the option to take the exam, which they must pass, to obtain full credit of 34 hours or not take the exam and receive 30 hours of continuing education credits.

  3. Attendance policy:  If a student is taking the exam they must attend 4 of the 5 days the course is offered.  If the student is not taking the exam they must attend all of the 4 days of classroom studies. 

  4. Online courses will be accepted for recertification purposes only.  Any online course that is accepted by the Massachusetts State Licensing Commission will be accepted by the MAAO.  Any other online course will have to be submitted to the Professional Admission Committee for approval.  The same policy also applies to in-class courses taken at other than MAAO functions.

  5. Any member who had retired or had left the profession and who has not maintained their designation may, upon returning to active membership, reactivate their designation by submitting 45 hours of continuing education credits, 7 of which must be the 7 hour USPAP update along with the $50 recertification fee.  Added 9/10/2013

  6. Any designee who is no longer active as a Regular Member of the M.A.A.O. and who’s designation is current at the time of leaving active service, may apply for retired status by the anniversary of their birthday, every three years. The fee for this status will be $20.00