The Institute of Iowa Certified Assessors is a professional organization of individuals. Each of its members has demonstrated by an examination that they possess a high level of professional competence in the field of property assessment for ad valorem tax purposes.
The assessment of property has come to be recognized as a profession requiring special knowledge, skill and study. As a result of the desire of Iowa Assessors to develop professionalization in this, their chosen career, the Iowa State Association of Assessors instituted the I.C.A. program in 1965, by adopting the following:
WHEREAS, assessors who meet certain prescribed qualifications and who have attained outstanding ability in the assessment field should be recognized, and,
WHEREAS, it is deemed necessary that the Iowa State Association of Assessors recognize assessing ability within the assessing profession by conferring upon those members who qualify, a professional designation, and,
WHEREAS, it is essential that the necessary machinery be set up to formulate this professional designation,
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Executive Board of the Iowa State Association of Assessors that the President appoint a committee to be known as the Certification Committee and that this committee shall be composed of present holders of the I.A.A.O., C.A.E. designation who are also members in the Iowa State Association of Assessors and that this committee shall draw up a complete plan for an I.S.A.A. professional designation and submit same to the Executive Board for approval with the least practical delay.
As approved by the Executive Board of
The I.S.A.A. on September 15, 1965
Des Moines, Iowa
The certification program for Iowa Assessors began in 1965 under the auspices of the Iowa State Association of Assessors with a five member committee in charge. Andrew S. Regis, ISAA President appointed a committee of five CAE designees from Iowa. The members are listed in the following resolution.
On June 29, 1966 the first exam was given in the Wapello County Courthouse in Ottumwa, Iowa. Eight Iowa Assessors took the first exam.
Because of the scope and magnitude of such a project, it soon became necessary to place the program under the jurisdiction of a separate and distinct organization. This led to the founding of the Institute of I.C.A. in 1968.
Three years after conception of the I.C.A. program, the INSTITUTE OF IOWA CERTIFIED ASSESSORS was founded as per this resolution:
WHEREAS, the Iowa State Association of Assessors deemed it important that assessors who meet certain prescribed qualifications and who have attained outstanding ability in the assessment field should be recognized, and,
WHEREAS, the Iowa State Association of Assessors, wished to recognize assessing ability within the assessing profession by conferring upon those members who qualify, a professional designation, and,
WHEREAS, pursuant to Sec. VI of the Constitution of the I.S.A.A., the President on January 1, 1966, appointed the following C.A.E.'s to a committee known as the Certification Committee to set up the necessary machinery to formulate this professional designation,
J.C. McGowan, Ottumwa
Dennis Nelson, Council Bluffs
Robert S. Cook, Adel
Louis Barr, Clarinda
F. Ross Henry, Clarion
the Certification Committee has implemented a certification program, and has conferred the professional designation upon several assessors, and,
WHEREAS, Sec. VII of the Constitution of the I.S.A.A. provides that the INSTITUTE OF CERTIFIED IOWA ASSESSORS shall now be organized, and,
NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved that the group which is composed of Assessors presently holding the C.I.A. designation, proceed to draw up a complete plan for the organization of the Institute of Certified Iowa Assessors, with the least practical delay, so that this Institute may assume the duties of conducting its affairs and add to the membership thereof by continuing the program of certifying Iowa Assessors.
Unanimously approved August 1, 1968
Ray Brown, C.I.A.
President, Iowa State Association of Assessors
- To develop professionalization in assessment administration.
- To raise the standards of the profession.
- To attain recognition by governmental authorities of the assessing profession.
- To gain for the member's recognition as qualified objective, unbiased assessors of property values.
- And, to award the designation of Iowa Certified Assessors to those who meet their requirements and qualify.