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Designation Program


Designation Overview


The Institute of Municipal Assessors (IMA) develops and maintains robust continuing education programs for our members to help them excel in the field of property assessment. Designed to meet their specific and varying member needs, our designation courses equip members with the specialized knowledge and skillset required to succeed in the profession.

By completing courses and pursuing the A.I.M.A. Designation and M.I.M.A. Accreditation, you are making an investment in your future. With two designations to pursue, the program supports members at every stage of their careers.

Protected under the Institute of Municipal Assessors Act, the A.I.M.A. and M.I.M.A. designations are widely recognized and respected across Canada. They open up new professional opportunities and provide professional status within the assessment community. Many employers require IMA designations as a condition of employment.

Achieving a designation is a rewarding experience and demonstrates a level of professional and personal accomplishment. A designation also provides a level of professional confidence and recognition from peers, clients and the general public.


Why Pursue an IMA Designation?


  • Professional Credibility – Completing designation courses equip you with the knowledge and standing as a proficient professional
  • Expert Standing - Designated members are readily recognized as expert witnesses in Assessment Tribunals and Courts across Canada
  • Professional Advancement – Courses provide the tools and education to advance in your career
  • Career Opportunities - Many employers have classified the IMA designations as a condition of employment, while others list them as a strong asset in their hiring process
  • Increased Earnings – Many employers offer enhanced compensation levels for designated employees
  • Advocacy – Our members provide a credible voice that promote and advocate the interests of the profession
  • Relevance - Members commit to ongoing professional growth through the IMA's CPD Program
  • Mobility - IMA designations are recognized Canada-wide

What Do Our Members Say?

"Instant credibility from the ARB chairperson."

  - Nick Macri, M.I.M.A. (MPAC)

"The M.I.M.A. designation is respected across Canada by assessment review tribunals and the legal profession."

- Jim Derbyshire, M.I.M.A. (Life)


"The M.I.M.A. is not only a designation, but a fresh perspective, a confidence and a higher standard. It's an opportunity to extend your knowledge and expertise towards great career opportunities."

- Caterina Chiarandini, M.I.M.A. (PS Johnson)

“I strongly encourage assessors to participate in the IMA and to pursue their designations. M.I.M.A. accreditation is widely accepted at the Assessment Review Board (ARB). Proposed experts with the IMA's designation are rarely challenged on their qualification to give opinion evidence to the Board. In addition to the Board's recognition, I believe the IMA offers assessors an accessible, affordable source of assessment and valuation information that is not available anywhere else and is directly relevant to what they do every day."

- Karey Lunau, Affiliate (Conway Davis Gryski)

Do you Hold an Equivalent Designation from Another Regulatory Authority in Canada?

In accordance with the Ontario Labour Mobility Act, if a member holds a designation by a regulatory authority in another province or territory, which is considered to be equivalent with a designation of the IMA, they will be able to apply for that designation (A.I.M.A. or M.I.M.A. as per the Accreditation Committee). Read More.



A.I.M.A. Designation

Review the requirements for the A.I.M.A. designation

M.I.M.A. Accreditation

Review the requirements for M.I.M.A. accreditation


Get recognition for external course completions

CPD Program

Learn about our Continuing Professional Development program