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Interim certification for assessors

Interim certification for assessors

20 NYCRR 8188 (§8188-2.7)

The Real Property Tax Law requires that an uncertified assessor show progress toward permanent certification by completing courses during each year of service. Certification is required for assessors within three (3) years of beginning a term of office. Components required during each year are listed below.

As a result of an assessor's successful participation in training to achieve assessor certification, he or she will be issued an Interim Certificate after year one and year two. The Interim Certificate remains in effect while the assessor continues to make appropriate progress toward certification. However, it will not remain in effect past the date that certification is required.

Year one:

  • Orientation
  • Ethics
  • Fundamentals of assessment administration

Note: If Fundamentals of Assessment Administration was completed prior to beginning a term of office, another component must be completed. Choose one component listed below.

Year two:

  • Cost, market, and income approach to value

Year three:

  • Fundamentals of data collection (This course has no prerequisite and may be completed during the first year in office.)
  • Fundamentals of mass appraisal
  • Introduction to farm appraisal (for most municipalities)

Note: If farm appraisal is not required, then an elective must be completed.


Choose one of the following:

  • Introduction to farm appraisal
  • Fundamentals of forest valuation
  • Commercial and industrial appraisal

Interim certification for county directors

20 NYCRR 8188 (§8188-4.7)

County directors must complete a course of training within four years of beginning the initial term of office.

The State Certified County Director designation is awarded after successful completion of the basic training program. County directors must show progress toward certification by completing:

  • orientation, ethics and two (2) or more components in the first year
  • a total of five (5) or more components by the end of the second year
  • a total of eight (8) or more components by the end of the third year in office

Ethics requirement: Completion of an approved Ethics component is required for uncertified county directors no more than one year prior to or one year after appointment to office.