Acadia Assessor Petitjean achieves CLA designation

CROWLEY - Acadia Parish Assessor James “Jimbo” Petitjean has received the “Certified Louisiana Assessor” (CLA) designation from the State of Louisiana and the Louisiana Assessor’s Association.

Petitjean, who is in his first term as assessor of Acadia Parish, completed his course work in May 2013. To date, Petitjean has completed 137 educational hours.

To attain the CLA designation, candidates must complete a rigorous schedule of International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) educational classes. The assessors’ professional certification program was established to formalize and recognize the professional standards of assessors engaged in the assessment of property for ad valorem taxation purposes in Louisiana.

The objective of the program is to ensure compliance with the requirements of the constitution and laws of the state governing the assessment of property and to assure the citizens and taxpayers of the state that property will be assessed fairly and equitably.

A Certified Louisiana Assessor must be a person holding the office of Assessor in Louisiana at the time of certification. The educational requirements for certification are:

• A passing grade on the examination for the International Association of Assessing Officers course 101 Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal.

• A passing grade on the examination for the International Association of Assessing Officers course 102 Income Approach to Valuation.

• A passing grade on the examinations or other evidence of successful completion of two electives equal to or greater than sixty course hours among the courses offered by the International Association of Assessing Officers.

• A passing grade on the examination for the International Association of Assessing Officers Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Once elected, Louisiana assessors have five years to complete their requirements for the CLA designation. Upon being certified, recertification is required every five years.

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