When an appraiser joins ASA, they come in as an Applicant. When Applicants have passed the online ethics examination and a 15-hour USPAP course and exam, they become Candidates. Applicants and Candidates qualify for member discounts on courses, publications and conferences—and they also may subscribe to the Gems & Jewelry Discussion List, a valuable networking resource where Members can exchange information, ask questions, and seek assistance from their peers.
Once Candidates have fulfilled the GJ education and testing requirements, they may apply for a designation. Accreditation from ASA Gems and Jewelry Discipline, includes the AM (Accredited Member) designation, the ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser) designation and the Master Gemologist Appraiser® designation. Strict adherence to the ASA Code of Ethics is observed and enforced by members at all times.
Accredited Members are required to have two (2) years of full-time appraisal experience and Accredited Senior Appraisers are required to have five (5) years of full-time appraisal experience in Gems and Jewelry. For more information on earning a designation in Gems & Jewelry, please visit the GJ credentialing section of our website and be sure to read through the Gems & Jewelry Guide to Professional Accreditation.