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Equivalency Program


A.                 INTRODUCTION


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 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.


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.


In such circumstances, the IMA may recognize certain competencies that can be demonstrated through work-related assessment experience. However, this aspect of the equivalency policy requires proper understanding of the job related experience to ensure 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 that cover similar subject matter.


               The Accreditation Committee is charged with the responsibility of approving the equivalencies applications and to assess each equivalency 

                application on the basis of specific individual merits.




Applicants may apply for an equivalency exemption by making written application to the IMA Accreditation Committee using the online application form.


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.



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. The 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 60 days of receipt of the application, will review the candidate's application and

    determine whether the applicant qualifies for an equivalency exemption.





The IMA will notify the applicant in writing of the decision made by the Accreditation Committee, including any relevant recommendations.





The requirements for the IMA's designations are officially stated on the web site:  


Accreditation Overview

Updated October, 2018




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