ACADIA PARISH ASSESSOR JAMES PETITJEAN
ANNOUNCES CLDA DESIGNATIONS
CROWLEY – Acadia Parish Assessor James “Jimbo” Petitjean has announced that additional Assessor’s office staff members have attained the “Certified Louisiana Deputy Assessor” (CLDA) designation from the State of Louisiana and the Louisiana Assessor’s Association. Joel O’Quain and Lisa Faulk completed their required course work in 2016. They received their certification pins at the 85th Annual Louisiana Assessor’s Association Conference on June 14, 2017. O’Quain has been with the Acadia Assessor’s office for 9 years while Faulk joined Petitjean shortly after he took office in January 2013. With the recent designees, 90 percent of the office personnel are either certified assessors or deputy assessors, an all-time high.
To attain the CLDA designation, candidates must complete a rigorous schedule of International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) educational classes. The Deputy Assessors’ professional certification program was established to formalize and recognize the professional standards of deputy 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 Deputy Assessor shall be a person holding the office of Deputy 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 employed, Louisiana Deputy Assessors have 5 years to complete their requirements for the CLDA designation. Upon being certified, recertification is required every 5 years.