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Accreditation Waiver for Qualifying Assessors

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A recent law change provides a potential waiver from the Accredited Minnesota Assessor (AMA) licensing requirement for qualifying assessors who have been licensed since 2004.

Note: The law change also extends the deadline to meet the AMA license requirement. For details, see Assessor Accreditation Deadline.

Who qualifies for the waiver?

You may apply for a waiver from the AMA license requirement if you:

  1. Were licensed as a Certified Minnesota Assessor (CMA) before July 1, 2004.
  2. Have had an assessor’s license in Minnesota since July 1, 2004.
  3. Pass a comprehensive test that is "substantially equivalent" to the AMA test before May 1, 2020.
  4. Apply to the State Board of Assessors for the waiver by July 1, 2022.

You may only take the test once to meet the waiver requirements, and the waiver is subject to certain restrictions. For more information, read the statute on the Legislative Revisor's website. (Click More Info to go to the law change.) 

AMA Waiver Exam

The Minnesota State Board of Assessors, Minnesota Department of Revenue, and Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers have created a free, comprehensive exam for eligible assessors to complete to apply for the waiver.  

  • The free, comprehensive exam will be worth 125 points and will take 4 – 6 hours to complete.
  • You may only take the test once to meet the waiver requirements, and the waiver is subject to certain restrictions. 
  • We will provide more information about the exam after you submit your registration.


To register for the AMA waiver exam you must meet all of the requirements listed above.  You will be given the option to choose from a list of locations where the exam will be offered during the registration process.  Upon completion of registration you will receive an email from the Minnesota State Board of Assessors with more information.

Register for the AMA waiver exam.


AMA Waiver Application

Upon successful completion of the waiver exam your completed registration form will be submitted to the board as your AMA waiver application.  The board will review your application the next board meeting and notify you of their decision.