Ashley County Assessor Beth Rush Awarded Prestigious Assessment Administration Specialist (AAS) Designation by the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO)
Hamburg, Arkansas October 7, 2021: Ashley County Assessor Beth Rush was recently awarded the prestigious Assessment Administration Specialist (AAS) designation for advanced study in the field of property assessment by the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). She is now one of only two sitting Assessors in Arkansas to hold an IAAO designation.
The AAS designation was awarded to Rush after she completed her course of study consisting of a series of seven (7) courses in assessment administration and property appraisal, along with accruing a minimum of three (3) years of assessment experience, and completing an Assessment Administration Case Study Examination. With these requirements completed Rush was then allowed to sit for a four (4) hour comprehensive AAS Master Examination.
Classes are developed by the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), and taught by instructors from around the nation. Each course consists of four (4) days of a rigorous and intense classroom experience with a three (3) hour written exam on the fifth day. Courses include but are not limited to: Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal; Fundamentals of Mass Appraisal; Appraisal of Land; Income Approach to Valuation; Assessment Administration; Tax Policy; Assessment of Personal Property; and Standards of Professional Practices and Ethics. The designee is then required to complete 70 hours of continuing education over each successive five (5) year period to maintain the designation.
Since taking office in 2013 Beth has earned both her Level IV Senior Appraiser and Level IV Senior Administrator designations from the State Assessment Coordination Division of the Department of Finance and Administration in Little Rock, and the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). In 2019 she was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve a second term on the Arkansas GIS (graphical information systems) Board as the Arkansas Assessors representative. Beth currently serves as Vice-President of the Arkansas Assessor’s Association, following a term as the Board Secretary and two terms as the District 4 Representative. Her active professional memberships include the Arkansas Association of Counties (AAC), the IAAO including the local Arkansas Chapter, and the Southeast Arkansas GIS (SEAGIS).