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Last Updated
June 13th, 2014

                        


EDUCATION NEWS
 

Upcoming Course Offerings

Our FACM Education Commitee is pleased to announce FACM Cource 3 is being offered regionally twice this year.

August 4th thru 8th, 2014

The Volusia County Property Appraiser’s Office will be hosting Course 3, “Interpretation of Real Property Descriptions”,the week of August 4th thru 8th, 2014.

  • The class will be in the Historic Courthouse, 120 W. Indiana Ave., Deland, FL
  • Registration is $375 with a copy of the digital book 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 5PM daily.

Registration deadline will be July 28th, 2014 if you are printing your book; if you are requesting a printed book you must register prior to July 21st, 2014 to allow for print time.

Please fill in the registration form and mail to FACM Education Chair at the address on the bottom of the form.

Click here for Registration Form

Because this is a county sponsored class, you will need to find your own hotel accommodations, but the following hotels are the closest to the Historic Courthouse:

September 15 th thru 19 th, 2014

The City of Lakeland has asked FACM to instruct Course 3, “Interpretation of Real Property Descriptions” in their facility the week of September 15th thru 19th , 2014. They have graciously allowed us to open up attendance to FACM members who may wish to attend. Classroom size will be limited so please register early.

  • 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 provided for the student to print before attending class.
  • 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 September 8th, 2014 if you are printing your book; if you are requesting a printed book you must register prior to September 2nd 2014 to allow for print time.

Please fill in the registration form and mail to FACM Education Chair at the address on the bottom of the form.

Click here for Registration Form

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:

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Florida Department of Revenue:

August 4 th thru 8 th , 2014


IAAO 102 – Income Approach to Valuation

IAAO 201 – Appraisal of Land

IAAO 312 – Commercial/Industrial Modeling Concepts

IAAO 402 – Tax Policy

COURSE INFO ________________________________________________________________________________
FACM is please to announce that Effective April 1st, 2013 the following materials will be available from the FACM website, FREE for download:

FACM 01 - Mathmatics for the Cadastralist
FACM 02 - Public Land Survey System for the Cadastral Mapper
FACM 03 - Interpretation of Real Property Descriptions
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

facm.education@gmail.com 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 - $150.00) ______________________________________________________________________________

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
facm.education@gmail.com

Click here for Scholarship information

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Education Objective

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 Course Calendar for more details.

Designations

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)


DOR Oversite Training Plan
CCM Designation Description
CCM Designation Application Form

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Courses

Click here for FACM Course Descriptions
Click here for IAAO Course Descriptions
Click Here for Florida Department of Revenue Training for County Officials
To register for FACM course 01, 02, 03 or 04, complete the FACM Enrollment Form

*IAAO course 600 Principles & Techniques of Cadastral Mapping or
IAAO course 601 Cadastral Mapping Methods and Applications
* Required course to obtain CCF designation

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Taking a Course

DOR Classes:

Each student who wishes to still take a course through DOR should follow the DOR requirements. (see hyper-link)

On-Site Course Requirements:

All Counties who wish to hold a course should submit a Mapping Course Enrollment Form 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.

Course Challengining Requirements:

Any individual who wishes to challenge any course may do so by submitting a request. 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. ______________________________________________________________________________

Charges for 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.

Proctors & Instructors

Proctor List & Proctor Rules for Challenging Courses: Approved Proctor List (proctor list) Proctor Rules:

  1. Each proctor will be approved by the FACM board and will be listed on the web site of Approved Proctors.


  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 answer it.

MCF Designation

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

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Applicant must be an FACM member in good standing.


  2. Applicant must submit a candidacy application form and fee to the Chairperson of the designation committee.


  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.

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.

FEES:

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.

RE-CERTIFICATION:

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.
Note: Florida Department of Revenue dropped CEU requirements several years ago, FACM followed suit.

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