Alberta Assessors Association

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What is an Assessor?

Assessors measure value on all types of property, from houses to industrial facilities, from shopping centers to oil and gas pipelines and farmland. Assessors place a value on property for taxation purposes

Where do assessors Work?

Assessors generally have job opportunities in the following areas:

  • Municipalities including Cities, Towns, Counties, Municipal Districts, Villages and Summer Villages

  • Private Assessment Firms

  • Industry - consulting or managing property

  • Provincial Government, Alberta Municipal Affairs

  • Federal Government

What is the difference between an Appraiser and an Assessor?

Essentially the client, or the end-user of the data - Assessors value property for municipal tax purposes. Appraisers value property for property owners, banks, realtors, etc.

what are the Educational requirements of an assessor?

While some employers may have additional requirements, generally after obtaining your high school diploma, you will need post-secondary education plus field experience before you can be a fully qualified assessor eligible for accreditation.

The Accredited Municipal Assessor of Alberta (AMAA) designation is awarded to people who have earned the designation through a combination of work experience and education. (See Education Requirements) It typically takes between four and  eight years after you have been working in the assessment field to become accredited.

Students interested in a career in assessment in Alberta may fulfill their core education requirements:

  • by attending Lakeland College in Lloydminster, Alberta's full-time two-year Business Administration diploma with a major in Appraisal and Assessment; or,

  • via distance learning through the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business Diploma in Urban Land Economics (DULE) with a specialization in assessment.

  • by meeting UBC's non-resident student requirements for the Diploma in Urban Land Economics (DULE) program; or

  • by obtaining a letter from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business that indicates the course requirements for the AMAA Fast Track option have been met.

Does the designation, AMAA, have a benefit outside of Alberta?

The Terms of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)allows labour mobility in Canada for certain regulated professions. Alberta was one of the first provinces to regulate Assessors and to be subject to the mobility requirements of CFTA. Now, Saskatchewan and Ontario are also regulated and the three provinces are obligated to ensure reciprocity for regulated, accredited members.

How long will it take the Association to process my membership?

Membership applications are reviewed by the Registration Committee. The Registration Committee meets upon the call of the Chair which may depend on the number of membership issues pending. Generally, membership applications are processed within 30 days.

What does a membership include?

Membership includes access to networking with other professionals in the field, to discussion forums, to Practicing Assessment in Alberta Handbook free of charge, education activities at reduced rates, voting rights and an emailed link to the Association newsletter as soon as it is published.

What is the TOOLS course?

The Tools Course, or “Tools for Practicing Assessment in Alberta” is an online course designed by the Association to consolidate all of the learning and experience a Candidate has had to that point. It is a test of an Assessor’s legislative knowledge relative to Assessment in Alberta.

What are the course requirements to become designated?

Lakeland College Appraisal and Assessment Diploma or University of British Columbia Diploma in Urban Land Economics.

How do Assessors determine value?

There are three approaches to determine the market value based assessment of a property. The three approaches for estimating market value-based assessments are: the sales comparison approach; the cost approach; and the income approach.One or more of these approaches is used to arrive at a property’s assessed value using the market value-based standard.

What are the Job Prospects?

The Association regularly posts positions requested by municipalities.  In addition, member companies accept resumes on an ongoing basis (see Current Job Postings)

What Do I Do Next?

If you would like to talk to someone who is involved in assessment as a career, call the Alberta Assessors' Association. They can put you in touch with a working assessor who will give you a brief description of what the job is like.

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Candidate (Oral) Examination - October 20, 2020
Tools Course - November 16, 2020
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