Our FACM Education Committee would like to announce a last minute class being offered this month. The City of Lakeland has asked that we instruct FACM Course 1, Mathematics for the Cadastralist, in their facility the week of April 22-26, 2013. They have graciously allowed us to open up attendance to all FACM members who may wish to attend.
- The class will be in the City of Lakeland Utilities Building, 501 E. Lemon St., Lakeland, FL.
- Registration is $375 with a copy of the digital book and a drafting kit provided for the student to print before attending class.
- If the students would like a printed book which FACM provides, the cost is increased to $425 to cover the cost of the book printing. Class hours will be 8:30 AM to 4PM daily.
- The city has offered to let the students stay and use the conference room after class for a couple hours each night if they need to do their homework or just want some quiet study time.
Registration deadline will be April 12, 2013 and you must specify if you will print your own book or you want FACM to print you a book. Please fill in the registration form and mail to Ellen Edwards at the address on the bottom of the form, fax it to the attention of Ellen Edwards at 863-534-4753, OR email to email@example.com.
Click here for Registration Form
The City of Lakeland will provide coffee and snacks for breaks, as well as an in-house lunch each day for instructor and students. The city will also provide dinner (pizza, sandwiches, etc.) to students who plan to stay past the 4PM end time each day to study.
Because this is a city sponsored class, you will need to find your own hotel accommodations, but the following hotels are the closest to downtown Lakeland:
The Terrace Hotel (1 block away)
329 East Main St.
Lakeland, FL 33801
Toll Free 888.644.8400
Hyatt Place at Lakeland Center (5 minute drive)
525 West Orange Street
Lakeland, FL 33815
Phone: 863 413 1122
Fax: 863 413 1133
FACM is pleased to announce
that effective April 1st, 2013 the following
materials are available from the FACM website,
FREE for download:
FACM 01 - Mathematics for the Cadastralist
FACM 02 - Public Land Survey System for
the Cadastral Mapper
FACM 03 - Interpretation of Real Property
FACM 04 - Basic Map Compilation
If you do not have the
ability to download, hard copy versions are still
available from FACM for a cost of $50.00 each.
Please contact the Education Chair at
to place an order. Due to this new availability,
please note that as of this date the FACM Course
Challenge fees will be as follows:
FACM members: Course Challenge:
$250.00 (Course Challenge Re-examination - $150.00
Non FACM members: Course Challenge:
$325.00 (Course Challenge Re-examination - $250.00)
We are also looking for FACM instructors.
To become an instructor you must be an MCF, CCF, or CCM designation
holder. We also contract with professional surveyors to be our
instructors when needed. You must be a member of FACM and will need to
shadow an instructor and participate in some instruction before you are
certified to instruct our courses. If interested please see a member of
the FACM Education Committee.
If you have any
questions please contact the FACM Education
Committee via email
information click the Scholarships link under
Quick Links on the left side of this page.
All courses are recommended to be taken
in class order and should not be deviated from. By taking them in order
the students alleviate any problems by having the knowledge to go to the
next course. The courses are now being given in course order which will
help students target their educational needs. Each course now will have
a prerequisite that is recommended to be taken before the subject
course. By establishing these guidelines the FACM board is trying to
establish a higher quality of education, a more respected Designation
and a easier path to final designation.
In order to achieve this Objective, FACM
and the Florida Department of Revenue have partnered to deliver these,
and IAAO courses, from time to time throughout the year. Please see the
DOR Training Plan for more details at;
There are two designations that are
obtainable by completing all four FACM courses. One is the CCF
(Certified Cadastralist of Florida) designation that is awarded to those
members that successfully take all four FACM courses and IAAO
Course 600 or Course 601 and currently work for a Property Appraisal
Office or the Florida Department of Revenue. Those members not
working for a Property Appraisal Office but completing the same CCF
course requirements can apply for the CCM (Certified Cadastral Mapper)
designation. Also offered is a MCF (Master Cadastralist of
Florida) designation that is tested on the culmination of all phases of
the cadastral mapping profession. The requirements and applicant
form are given below the following information. Complete Information and requirements
and courses for the CCF and CCM designations are listed immediately below.
Information on Certified Cadastral of
Florida (CCF) and
Certified Cadastral Mapper Designation (CCM)
Detailed Course Descriptions and Cadastralist Program
(includes CCF Application)
CCM Designation Description
CCM Designation Application Form
Click for DOR GIS and Cadastral Workshop Schedule Nov 2010
to October 2011
here for DOR FACM Course Descriptions
Click here for IAAO Course Descriptions
Click Here for Florida Property Tax Oversight Program Calendar
To register for FACM course 01, 02, 03 or 04, complete the
FACM Course Enrollment
IAAO course 101 Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal
*IAAO course 600 Principles & Techniques of Cadastral Mapping or
IAAO course 601 Cadastral Mapping Methods and Applications
* Required course to obtain CCF designation
Taking a Course
Each student who wishes to still take a course through DOR should follow
the DOR requirements. (see hyper-link)
All Counties who wish to hold a course should submit a
with dates and approved places to hold the
course to the Education Chairman. There should be at least 2 months of
preparation time to allow for getting course material copied and to find
a suitable instructor with an approved date. The Instructor will be paid
for all incidentals and for teaching the course. The county will not
have to pay the Instructor.
There is a minimum
requirement of 10 students @ $300 per student. Even if there are not 10
students the county can pay for 10 students and still hold the class.
There will be a posting on
the FACM web site under events of all courses being held with there
dates and places. If the county hosting wishes to open up the course for
surrounding counties to help defray cost, then it will rest with that
county to do so.
Any individual who wishes
to challenge any course may do so by submitting a
The request form should be mailed to the FACM Treasurer
with payment (see payment fees below). Course material for the course
ordered will be mailed to the individual for studying prior to taking
the course test. The individual will have 30 days from the shipping of
material to schedule for a proctor to administer the test. To arrange
for a proctor the individual must submit to the Education Chairman in
writing or via e-mail when they are ready to take the test. If the
individual fails to submit for a proctor in the allotted time frame they
will then have to submit all over again for a proctor minus any fees for
material already received. The Proctor must be from another county and
cannot be from the same office or county to avoid any conflict. If the
individual passes a certificate will be issued to that person. If they
fail they can re-submit to take the course again minus the fees for
course material after 60 days from notice of failure.
Books and Testing
FACM Members only:
Course Books $50
Test (1st time) $250
Re-Test (each time there after) $150
Non FACM Members:
Course Books $100
Test (1st time) $325
Re-Test (each time there after) $250
These fees also apply to
any individual who takes a course through DOR, On-Site courses or
challenges who fail, can also re-test with these requirements.
Proctor List & Proctor
Rules for Challenging Courses: Approved Proctor List
1) Each proctor will be
approved by the FACM board and will be listed on the web site of
2) The Proctor will be notified by the Education Chairman and will
arrange for a suitable time and place to give the test.
3) The Proctor will be mailed the test and will be required to mail it
back to the Education Chairman as soon as the test is complete.
4) The Education Chairman
will grade the test and notify the individual if they passed or fail.
5) The Proctor will only
be there to administer the test, not to answer questions from the
student. This is the same rule all instructors follow when giving the
test for DOR. The Proctor will not have an answer key, only the
Educational Chairman will. If there are questions they can only pertain
to how to answer a question or if they don't understand a Proctor can
try and re-address the question to where the student may be able to
In addition to the CCF and CCM designations FACM offers
an advanced designation, the Master Cadastralist of Florida (MCF)
covering all phases of the cadastral mapping profession. It is the
highest designation given to FACM members.
Click here for MCF Application Form
1. Applicant must be an FACM member in good standing.
2. Applicant must submit a
application form and fee to the Chairperson of the
3. Applicant shall currently hold the Certified Cadastralist of Florida
(CCF) designation or an equivalent combination of training and
experience as approved by the designation committee.
4. Applicant shall have been employed in the cadastral mapping
profession for at least five (5) years.
5. Candidate shall successfully complete a certification examination.
A validated examination is necessary to test the applicant's knowledge
of cadastral mapping principals and techniques as well as State of
Florida practices and procedures. The examination requires from six to
eight hours to complete. Specific information regarding general format
and content of the examination is provided to candidates prior to taking
the examination. The examination may be taken two times a year but not
more than one time in a three month period.
A fee of $25.00 must accompany the application for MCF designation.
Checks should be made out to:
TREASURER, FACM INC.
and mailed to:
Jeffrey C. Maasch
Designations Committee Chairman
308 Granada St.
Fort Pierce, FL 34949
This fee is good for a three-year period. A $50.00 fee is charged each
time the applicant takes the examination. This fee should accompany a
letter of intent to take the examination and mailed to the Chairman.
A $15.00 re-certification renewal fee is due and payable by the 31st day
of December, every third year from the year of certification. See
"FEES" above for payment details.