Upon its passage on March 17, 1987, the Assessors Certification Act required that all persons responsible for the valuation of real property for ad valorem taxation purposes be certified a Certified Pennsylvania Evaluator (CPE) by the State Tax Equalization Board. Effective March 17, 1992, the responsibility to certify assessors shifted from the State Tax Equalization Board to the State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers. This Act covers all assessors and personnel from mass appraisal companies conducting reappraisals in the Commonwealth. Specifically, to be certified by the State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers, the assessor must:
Possess a high school diploma, or its equivalent, or two years of assessing experience.
- Shall be at least eighteen years of age.
- Shall be a resident of this commonwealth for at least six months.
- Shall file a Declaration of Intent, with State Board of Real Estate Appraisers, to obtain a CPE designation.
- Shall have successfully completed a minimum of 90 hours of the basic course of study of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) or the basic courses of the Assessors' Association of Pennsylvania (AAP) covering the appraisals/assessing profession or any other professional courses acceptable to the Board.
Any person employed as an assessor after March 17, 1987, has three years from start of employment to become certified. This act shall not apply to counties of the first-class (Philadelphia County).
CPE Class Fall 2021 - This round of classes is now closed, next round of classes will be offered in 2022. Contact Lori Lawyer at llawyer@pacounties with any questions.