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Last Updated: 4/8/2019

Minnesota State Board of Assessors

Becoming a Minnesota Licensed Assessor

Assessors play a key role in our property tax system. They evaluate land, buildings, and other structures for property taxes, the main source of funding for local governments in Minnesota.

What do assessors do?

Their main duties include:

  • Classify each property by type (residential, commercial, agricultural, etc.)
  • Estimate the property value for tax purposes.

Counties and other local governments use this information to calculate property taxes for the year.

Where do assessors work? 

Assessors work for counties, cities, or townships across Minnesota. They work mainly at an office but also spend some time each year inspecting properties in-person. Most city and county assessors work full-time, while many township or contract assessors work part-time. 

How do I become a licensed Minnesota assessor?

To earn a Minnesota assessor's license, you need to: 

  • Complete a series of required courses. For a list of courses, see Licensure Education.  
  • Work under a licensed assessor for up to three years to gain experience in the field.
  • Apply to the State Board of Assessors and pay an annual fee. 

Assessor licenses are good for one year (July 1 - June 30). To renew your license at the end of a four-year cycle you must complete 50 to 60 hours of continuing education and pay the annual fee. 

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