Maintaining Your CIAO Designation

The IPAI requires that all active CIAO's complete 60 hours of continuing education over a four year cycle. If you fail to complete CE hours, your designation will expire.

Cycle Schedule:

Cycle 1: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2014
Cycle 2: January 1, 2015 - December 15, 2018

Cycle 3: January 1, 2019 - December 15, 2022 - Current Continuing Education Cycle


Do I need continuing education?

When did you receive your CIAO designation?

  •  Before January 1, 2019 - Yes, you need 60 hours of CE as outlined above.
  • After January 1, 2019 - No, you do not need to begin CE until January 1, 2023.
  • I am working toward my CIAO - You do not need CE until after you have your designation.


For a complete list IPAI course, visiting the 2019 Conference & Workshop page of our website. CIAOs may also take courses through the Illinois Department of Revenue, the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), or other IDOR approved provided. Currently, CIAOs are required to enter all courses they take (including IPAI courses) into their online student profile. If you take a course from a provider other than the IPAI, you are responsible for reporting that course by sending a copy of your completion certificate to the IPAI office. Individuals who are elected, appointed, or contracted must also complete requirements set forth in 35 ILCS 200/2-45 and 35 ILCS 200/3-5.

Beginning January 1, 2016, the Illinois Department of Revenue no longer requires assessors to meet level and category requirements.


IDOR Update

Two big changes to the Illinois Department of Revenue education program begin January 1, 2016. First, you will no longer need to meet level and category requirements. This means you'll be able to take the classes that are most interesting to you and most relevant to your work. You'll also be allowed to repeat courses you took ten or more years ago. This applies to any course approved for continuing education credit.

The Illinois Department of Revenue's, Adrianne Bailey, explains the upcoming changes and what they mean for you.