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Equivalency Program



A.        INTRODUCTION     (Revised October, 2012)


The Institute of Municipal Assessors (IMA) has a policy of granting course equivalencies toward the entry level A.I.M.A. designation and the M.I.M.A. Accredited designation.


This new policy is intended to accommodate candidates who have:

-         Successfully completed courses that sufficiently demonstrate required competencies of specific IMA courses.

-           Achieved education through other reputable and recognized appraisal and assessment institutions without compromising the recognized high standard of qualification represented by the A.I.M.A. and M.I.M.A. designations.

-           Practiced or have been educated through recognized professional property assessment and appraisal associations/agencies, and/or similar educational institutions within and/or outside the Province of Ontario.


In rare circumstances, the IMA may recognize certain competencies that can be demonstrated through work-related assessment experience.  However this objective/aspect of the equivalency policy requires proper understanding and consistent application by the accreditation committee. The IMA is first and foremost, “an educational body”, and the best demonstration of course equivalency is through other courses.


There may be unique instances where candidates can clearly demonstrate fluency and understanding of course competencies through work-related experience. For example, someone who has taught a course for a significant period or has taken advanced related courses, may be considered to have the required competencies for an IMA course.


The Accreditation Committee is charged with the responsibility of approving the equivalencies applications. As a rule, no candidate should be allowed exemption from more than 1 IMA course through experiential qualification. As well, the Accreditation Committee has the authority to assess each equivalency application on the basis of specific individual merits.







Applicants may apply/register for an equivalency exemption by making written application to the IMA Accreditation Committee.


The Accreditation Committee will accept or deny a candidate, based on the merit of each application.


Minimum Requirements


1.  Must be a member in good standing of the Institute of Municipal Assessors or must be an applicant of the A.I.M.A. designation.


2.  The applicant must demonstrate/possess equivalent academic achievement/competencies as that of the current IMA criteria


Application Process


1.   Any member, who meets the above requirements, may apply in writing to the IMA office for the Accreditation Committee to review and process the candidate application.


2.   Applicant must submit all relevant education transcripts, certificates, diplomas and any supporting documentation to support the equivalent academic achievement requirements.

3.   An original letter from the employer may be submitted to support the relevant experience qualifications. The letter should outline the length of service, duties performed, and any other relevant details related to the candidates work performance.


4.    A fee of $100, (plus taxes, non refundable) is payable to the Institute of Municipal Assessors at the time of the application.

5.    The Accreditation Committee, within 30 days of receipt of the application, will review the candidate’s application and determine whether the applicant qualifies for an equivalency exemption.




1.    The Accreditation Committee will notify the applicant in writing of their decision, including any relevant recommendations.


1.   A.I.M.A. designation.

2.   Three (3) years of related Work Experience

3.   IMA 401, Law and the Assessor part 2.

4.   IMA 412, The Assessor and the Courts.

5.   IMA 423, World of the Assessor.

6.   IMA 433 (a), Senior Income Part 1.

7.   IMA 433 (b), Senior Income Part 2.

8.   IMA 444, Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal, (UBC Course).

9.   Written Exam and Oral Interview (
which will include: Knowledge of the
      I.M.A., its Functions, Aims, Purpose, Objectives, and Code of Ethics).


            1.   IMA 301, Mass Appraisal: Three Approaches to Value

2.   IMA 311, Residential Data Collection & Sales Investigation

3.   IMA 321, Law and the Assessor Part 1

            4.    IMA 334, Municipal Land Use Planning & The Assessor

            5.   IMA 344, Statistical & Computer Applications and Valuation (UBC Course)


The above is the official stated requirement for the IMA designations.


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