Professional Designation





Professional Designation

A unique development for the land title insurance industry is the professional recognition as Certified Land Title Professional (CLTP) or Associate Land Title Professional (ALTP) for those persons within the Michigan Land Title Association who, through combinations of education, experience and performance, have demonstrated a proficient knowledge of land title insurance.
The Michigan Land Title Association, through its educational programs and its active committees, provides an ongoing program of continuing education and service opportunities for members of the land title insurance industry and for persons with a professional interest in land title services and insurance.

The designations represent the highest measure of achievement in the land title insurance profession and follow the Professional Designation concept found in other lines of insurance. To assure that the awarding of this high honor is conducted in the most equitable, non-capricious manner, The Michigan Land Title Association Board of Directors has approved the following conditions and stringent procedures for candidacy and designation. Please review the Procedures for Designation, Requirements for Designation and Requirements for Candidacy before inquiring or applying for designation.


One of the Professional Designation Board of Review (PDBOR)’s goals is to build our professional designation program and increase the number of members within the MLTA organization who become certified. In doing so, the PDBOR’s focus was to ensure that the integrity of the certification is maintained. While the PDBOR does not want to make this an easy achievement (as it would lose the quality, importance and value of the certification), the overwhelming response it heard was that the PDBOR had to make a change to the overall application process and requirements in order to make it more achievable for those MLTA members who possess the industry knowledge, experience and association involvement required to become certified.

The PDBOR looked at many states’ certifications programs, had many discussions and many revisions of every aspect of the overall program, the application, and the certification process. The PDBOR has now created what it believes is the correct balance of knowledge, experience and industry involvement necessary to preserve the integrity and value of the certification ,while increasing the opportunity for certification and lowering the burden placed on members during the application and approval process.

Synopsis of the changes: The PDBOR has eliminated the test requirement and the point requirements, and focused more on what the original intent of the certification was—ensuring that those who achieve the certification are knowledgeable, have industry experience, and, most importantly, have been active in the past, are active now, and will be active in the future with MLTA. The PDBOR also put in a special provision for real estate attorneys, which allows them to achieve an ALTP or CLTP designation if they meet the criteria.


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