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IAO Membership
INSTRUCTIONS FOR IAO CANDIDATES - To apply for membership in the Institute of Assessing Officers (IAO), download an application. IMPORTANT: Signing up for the IAO-1 Course does NOT sign you up for the IAO Exam. Read the instructions carefully!

Additional information about the exam is available by clicking on the following link: INSTRUCTIONS FOR CANDIDATES.

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Application for Membership
Instructions for Candidates

Submit Completed Application To:
NYS Assessors' Association
David Briggs, FIAO, Executive Director
PO Box 5586
Cortland, NY 13045

Telephone: (315) 706-3424
Fax: (315) 410-5660
E-Mail: [email protected]


Candidates must be an officer or employee of a state or local government of New York.

Candidates must be members of the New York State Assessors’ Association.

Candidates must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, as well as two years of additional acceptable educational experience.

Candidates must have a minimum of five years full time experience as an Assessor or non-clerical equivalent experience in assessment administration. Other equivalent experience may include, but not limited to, authoring a publication relating to assessment theory or technique, appraisal reports, special educational qualifications, and designated membership in other assessor or appraiser organization. A minimum of two years of such other equivalent experience must be in actual field appraising.

Candidates must be favorably recommended as to moral character, integrity and qualifications. Candidates must achieve a passing grade on the comprehensive written examination.

Note: Candidates may challenge the exam once they have completed four years of the required five years of experience, however, admission to the Institute requires five years experience as well as successful completion of the exam.

IMPORTANT: Signing up for the IAO-1 Course does NOT sign you up for sitting with the IAO Exam. Read the instructions carefully!