Start Here!  Membership Process Overview


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The journey toward membership and accreditation can seem overwhelming, but we are here to help each step of the way.  The following information will provide you an overview of the membership process and what needs to be done (and by when).  If at any time you would like a friendly human (yes—a real person!) to guide you through and answer questions, please call us at (800) 272-8258.  


Step 1: New Membership Application

The following information may be submitted online:

  • Online membership application;
  • Upload three letters of reference—use our Reference Letter Form;
  • Upload resume or qualifications statement; and
  • Pay the application fee, first year of dues, and the optional journal subscription fee.

Step 2: Candidate Member Status

Once your membership application has been approved, you have ten (10) months from your approval date to complete the following two (2) requirements to become a Candidate Member.

* Real Property applicants may provide their current state license in lieu of the 15-hour USPAP requirement.

Step 3: Apply for Accredited Member (AM) or Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) Designation

Candidates who have met their disciplineʼs accreditation criteria are ready to submit an online accreditation application for accreditation which includes:

  • Proof of education (upload transcript);
  • An Appraisal Experience Log (samples may be found in your discipline's accreditation guide);
  • An appraisal report(s) for peer-review; and
  • A current USPAP certificate.

ASA has an active Mentor Program for those who would like help navigating the accreditation process,  Click on the chat in the right hand corner or contact us and we will help get you started.  


Accredited Member (AM) Designation

If you completed the education requirements for your discipline and have two to five (2-5) years of full-time appraisal experience, you are eligible to apply for the Accredited Member (AM) designation.

Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) Designation

If you completed the education requirements for your discipline and have five (5) years or more of full-time appraisal experience, you are eligible to apply for the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation.