ILLINOIS PROPERTY ASSESSMENT INSTITUTE
Illinois Property Assessment Institute
was established more than 50 years ago to provide educational opportunities to
assessment professionals throughout the state of Illinois. The mission of the
Institute is to provide
educational courses on property
appraisal and assessment administration. To adhere to that mission, a
comprehensive curriculum has been developed and is offered annually throughout
All Institute courses
are pre-approved by the Illinois Department of Revenue for
All Institute classes
are taught by practicing assessment and business
The Institute confers
the Certified Illinois Assessing Officer (CIAO) designation
which is the primary designation used to qualify for election
or appointment in the state of Illinois.
ILLINOIS PROPERTY ASSESSMENT INSTITUTE STAFF
Rebecca Rossi, Executive Director
Brenda Corcoran, Registrar
ILLINOIS PROPERTY ASSESSMENT INSTITUTE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Representing the County Assessment
Robert Yergler, Iroquois County
Larry Wilson, Rock Island County
Representing the Illinois Assessing Officer's
Deb Lane, Meriden-Ophir-Troy Grove MTAD
Sheridan Meadows, Mt. Vernon Township
John Dabrowski, Bloomingdale Township
Grace Vetter, Princeton Township
Representing the Certified Illinois Assessing Officer's
Rhonda Novak, Will County
IPAI OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS - 2014
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – New Year's Day
Monday, January 20, 2014 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 17, 2014 – Presidents' Day
Monday, May 26, 2014 – Memorial Day
Friday, July 4, 2014 – Independence Day
Monday, September 1, 2014 – Labor Day
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – Veterans' Day
Thursday, November 27, 2014 – Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 28, 2014 – Day after Thanksgiving Day
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 – Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 25, 2014 – Christmas Day
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long will it take to find out what my grade
IPAI will make every effort to grade exams as
quickly as possible. As a general rule, exams will
be graded as quickly as possible after receiving the
exams from the instructor. The grades will be
reported in your permanent record and certificates
will be mailed to you. If you have not received your
grade within two weeks of the class, please call the
IPAI office. For courses taken at the Spring
Conference, please allow four weeks. As of January
1, 2003, exam scores will not be given over the
What if I do not pass the exam?
If you fail to receive a minimum score (70%) on an
exam, you will be notified. You re-take the exam if
so desired.. Students must wait seven (7) days from
the original test date and no longer than December
21 of the calendar year. The fee for re-taking an
exam is $50.00. Students will be required to take
the exam at one of the designated testing locations
or the IPAI office. Call the IPAI to sign up for a
How long do I get for the exam?
Students will get a maximum of three hours for an
How can I make sure that I will receive
credit for a course?
With the new educational requirements in place, it
is extremely important that students make sure they
will get credit for the course. Students should take
the time to review and understand their official
IDOR transcript. Department of Revenue is no longer
able to check for class credit. Therefore, prior to
students registering for any class, they should:
- Check the course description for any
classes that would keep them from receiving
- Check their transcript to see whether
they have received credit for the class or
any exception class previously.
- Check their transcript to be sure they
have available hours in the level and in the
category in the level.
If a student has not received a passcode from DOR,
they may find the "Internet Access Request" form at
the bottom of the Education webpage at the
Department's website –
When will stipend payments come out?
The annual stipend for Illinois assessing officials is administered by
Illinois Department of Revenue. Questions concerning the stipend should
be directed to the IDOR.
This class should be a higher level. How come the IPAI put it at
The IPAI does not put the levels or categories on courses. Courses are
submitted to the Department of Revenue and, if approved, a level and
category is assigned by DOR.
How come there are not very many level 3 courses?
The IPAI believes that courses should be developed that are both
meaningful and relevant to the assessment officials work. Courses are
not developed with a predetermined level in mind. Good, quality,
relevant, and useful courses are the goal.
How come you don’t have a course on ……..?
The IPAI is always interested in new course ideas. Students can submit
course ideas in writing to the IPAI Education Director.
I’ve got an idea for a course. Who can I contact?
All course ideas should be submitted to the Education Director. The idea
should be presented in an outline form.
How do I become an Instructor?
Anyone wishing to become an instructor for IPAI should submit a resume,
along with a detailed listing of their specific areas of expertise, to
the Education Director.
Can I take my test early?
Students may not take the exam early. If a student cannot take the exam
at the scheduled time, arrangements should be made with the IPAI to take
the exam at another time. The student will be required to take the exam
at the IPAI offices or at one of the designated testing locations
throughout the state. The student can obtain a listing of the testing
locations by contacting the office.