About Business Valuation

Results You Can Trust

ASAʼs Business Valuation professionals are the “best in class” in business valuation and intangible asset valuation not only in North America, but also throughout the world. Established in 1981, the mission of ASAʼs business valuation discipline is to provide educational opportunities, promote professional ethics and standards, and encourage the exchange of professional information and ideas. As the longest established business valuation designation, ASA continues to lead the profession.

An early objective of ASAʼs Business Valuation discipline was to develop a superior educational program for the benefit of ASA members and non-members. The education requirements for the AM and ASA Designations remain the most rigorous in the profession: 108 classroom hours, including four, three-hour exams (one exam after each course).

ASA-Designated Appraisers are Backed by Education and Experience

In addition to extensive education, AM- and ASA-designated appraisers must back up their credentials with real-world business valuation experience. For the ASA designation, Candidates must demonstrate a minimum of at least five years  of actual, full-time BV experience (two years for the AM designation) before they may apply—this is the highest experience requirement in the industry.  Candidates are also required to pass an exam on the internationally revered Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) appraisal standards developed by the Appraisal Foundation and submit an actual USPAP-compliant report for peer-review.

ASAʼs Business Valuation credentials are the only professional accreditations that comply with USPAP, and ASA is the only professional valuation organization offering a specialty credential in Intangible Assets. ASAʼs combination of education, reputation, experience and expertise provide you with results you can trust.