Florida Association of Cadastral Mappers

The purpose of the Florida Association of Cadastral Mappers is to bring together those persons concerned with property ownership mapping in state and local government and private industry.

EDUCATION NEWS

Upcoming Course Offerings

FACM 02 -The Public Land Survey System for the Cadastral Mapper
13001 Starkey Road (Starkey Lakes Corporate Center), Largo, FL 33773
Dates: April 3rd -7th, 2017

Cost of Course: FACM members $250; non-FACM members $300

 

FACM 03 - Interpretation of Real Property Descriptions
Location:Marriott Hotel, 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL 32746
Date: August 7th-11th, 2017

Please visit the following DOR website to register & pay for your course

https://taxapps.state.fl.us/PtoRegPublic/

For questions or additional information please email the education committee facm.education@gmail.com

 

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FACM is pleased to announce that Effective April 1st, 2013 the following materials will be 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 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

Non FACM members: Course Challenge: $325.00

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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.

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 Oversight 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.

On-Site (Regional) 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.
 

Course Challenging 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.

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Charges for Books and Testing

FACM Members only:
Course Books $50
Test $250

Non FACM Members:
Course Books $100
Test $325


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

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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.