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Last Updated: 4/23/2018

Certified Minnesota Assessor (CMA)

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If you help a local or county assessor make decisions about property values, classification, or tax exemptions, you must get a Certified Minnesota Assessor (CMA) license within three years of being hired. During that time, you may work only under the supervision of a licensed assessor.

  • CMA Requirements - Learn about required courses and work experience to get a Certified Minnesota Assessor license.

  •  CMA Application is located on the Assessors Licensing System. You will need to either Sign in or Create an Account to access the application. All CMA applications are reviewed by the board for approval at the next board meeting.  

Types of CMA License

There are two levels of Certified Minnesota Assessor license: CMA and CMA-IQ (Income Qualified). CMA-IQs complete additional courses and may appraise commercial properties. See the table below for details. 

Type of License

  Duties/Requirements

Certified Minnesota Assessor (CMA)








  • ​May classify any type of property
  • May appraise only non-commercial property:
    • Agricultural
    • Residential (including mobile homes)
    • Seasonal recreational (cabins)
    • Vacant land
  • Cannot appraise income-producing (commercial) property
  • Must complete minimum CMA requirements

Certified Minnesota Assessor-Income Qualified (CMA-IQ)

  • May perform any of the CMA duties (above)
  • May appraise income-producing (commercial) property
  • Must complete two board-approved income courses in addition to the minimum CMA requirements

Note: The Assessor Accreditation law was changed during the 2017 legislative session. This change affects assessors who are  now licensed as a Certified Minnesota Assessor or Assessor Specialist (CMA or CMAS). For details, see Assessor Accreditation Deadline.