Memberships for Appraisal Professionals
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The American Society of Appraisers is committed to fostering professional excellence in its membership through education and accreditation. Print a Membership Application or Request a Membership Information Packet.
Download an easy-to-follow overview of the ASA membership and accreditation process. Please contact ASA’s membership specialist at 800-272-8258 (U.S. and Canada) or (703) 478-2228 with any questions.
Appraisal professionals join ASA as applicants. Upon approval of admission, Applicants have 10 months to complete two requirements: 1) Pass the ASA Ethics Exam (taken right on ASA’s Web site) and 2) Take and pass a 15-hour USPAP course and exam taught by an Appraisal Qualifications Board- (AQB) approved instructor. Once these requirements are met, Applicants become Candidates.
In order to obtain a designation, Candidates are required to pass their discipline's Principles of Valuation (POV) courses (usually a series of four courses building on appraisal theory and practice), a specialty or comprehensive exam (if applicable to their discipline) and/or they must possess an appropriate and acceptable equivalency with a participating organization. Candidates may apply for a designation wtih ASA provided that they have the appropriate number of years of appraisal experience and have met all other discipline requirements. Those applying for the Accredited Member (AM) designation must have at least two years of full time appraisal experience and those applying for the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation must have at least five years of full time appraisal experience.
Accreditation in the American Society of Appraisers is based on appraisal education, experience, written examinations and submission of acceptable appraisal report(s).
Accredited Member (AM) or Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA):
Having completed the requirements for accreditation and upon approval of ASA's Board of Examiners, a Candidate will advance to an AM designation or, with more appraisal experience an ASA designation. The requirements are described in detail in the "Accreditation" section of this website.
Fellowships may be bestowed on any Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) by the society's International Board of Governors in recognition of outstanding service to the appraisal profession or the society.
Master Gemologist Appraiser:
In addition to the ASA designation, members in the Gems and Jewelry discipline may also complete additional requirements to receive the Master Gemologist Appraiser® certification. Please contact ASA's accreditation specialist for Gems and Jewelry at (800) 272-8258 for more information.
Individual membership privilege in ASA is personal and cannot be transferred or applied to business organizations. Applicants and Candidates are not professionally designated and may not use any of the ASA's professional designations. All members must be of legal age and good character and must be interested in the activities and objectives of the society.