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Mass Appraisal Basics - March 2021
Monday, March 15, 2021, 8:00 AM to Friday, March 19, 2021, 12:00 PM CST
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Mass Appraisal Basics

 Monday, March 15 - Friday, March 19, 2021

Lake Elmo, MN


Registration will close at midnight, Sunday, March 7, 2021.

Description: This introductory 28-hour course plus 2-hour exam introduces participants to the concepts and procedures of ad valorem mass appraisal through lecture, problem solving, and case studies.  Emphasis is on the practical application of mass appraisal techniques in the three approaches to value, statistics and sales ratio studies and is the fourth sequential course required for the Certified Minnesota Assessor level of licensure.  This course has been approved for 28 hours of continuing education, 30 hours with exam, with the Minnesota State Board of Assessors and Appraiser Continuing Education with the Department of Commerce.



COVID-19 Considerations: MAAO has worked with the event venue for this offering to ensure proper social distancing, adherence to the Governor’s orders of not exceeding 25% meeting room capacity for events, and COVID-19 catering accommodations. Additionally, sanitizing stations will be provided, face masks will be required at all times, no-contact forehead temperatures will be taken at the beginning of each day, and there will be no passing of paperwork throughout the class. We have talked in detail with the event venue and feel confident that every reasonable precaution is being taken for attendees' health and safety.  This offering is subject to cancellation if mandated by the Governor.  A 100% refund will be processed for any registrant due to a Covid-related cancellation. Attendance at this course is at the risk of the employer and attendee. MAAO will not be held liable.

Date:  Monday, March 15, 2021 8:00 AM - Friday, March 19, 2021 12:00 PM

Registration:  7:30 - 7:50 am on the first day of class

  Joy Kanne, Mower County Assessor and Stephen Hacken, Winona County Assessor

Prerequisite:  Six months work experience, Assessment Laws and Procedures, Basic Appraisal Principles, and Basic Appraisal Procedures are all recommended.

Materials & Requirements:
  A calculator with a power key is required. Course materials will be provided the first day of class.

Class size:  Mass Appraisal Basics will have a minimum of 32 and a maximum of 48 participants.

Early registration fee if registered before February 15, 2021:  MAAO Member - $400, Non-Member $505

Course registration fee if registered on or after February 15, 2021: MAAO Member - $470, Non-Member $575


Payment: Credit card only

Food & Beverages:  For student, instructor and employer convenience, lunch and a limited variety of refreshments and snacks are included in your registration fee for this course. (Note: In order to keep registration fees lower, co-sponsored courses such as Principles and Procedures, and IAAO courses hosted by MAAO will offer beverages, a.m. and p.m. breaks only; lunch will not be provided.)

Location:  Holiday Inn Lake Elmo, 8511 Hudson Blvd, Lake Elmo, MN 55042 

Hotel Group Rate:  For your convenience, a block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn, Lake Elmo for $116/night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (651) 714-8068 and mentioning the MAAO block rate.  To ensure availability and the group rate, please make reservations by 2/19/21.

Student Expectations:  This course includes 28 hours of classroom instruction during which students will be expected to participate in discussions, group activities, and coursework that may include but is not limited to reading, homework, problem solving, etc. both during and outside classroom hours.  There is also a 2-hour exam at the end of the course the student should plan to review for.  If alternative testing options are required please contact the course coordinator via email as soon as possible to discuss and we will attempt to make reasonable accommodations.

Scholarships:  MAAO offers weeklong course scholarships to anyone that is interested in pursuing a career in the assessment field and demonstrates a financial need.  Courses eligible for a scholarship include Assessment Laws and Procedures (ALP), Appraisal Principles, Appraisal Procedures, and Mass Appraisal Basics.  More information and a scholarship application are available by Clicking Here.

ADA Policy: If you have a disability and may require some accommodations at any event, please notify us via email at least two weeks prior to the course and we will attempt to make reasonable accommodations.

Cancellation Policy: 
Cancellation requests received prior to 8:00 a.m., 5 business days prior to the start of the course will be issued a refund, less a $30 administration fee.  Cancellations requests received after this time or registrants who fail to attend the course are responsible for the entire fee.  If a registrant is unable to attend the event, a substitute from the jurisdiction that paid the registration fee can attend at no additional charge.  Please send written notification of this change or cancellation requests to [email protected]Although it is not the policy of MAAO to cancel a course or seminar, MAAO reserves the right to do so and provide a full refund if the minimum enrollment level is not reached.  Refunds will be issued within 30 days of the date of the course or conference.


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Contact: MAAO Education Coordinator, Emily Squyres: [email protected]