What is an appraiser? The Appraisers Association of America is an international organization based in New York City with members in cities across the country as well as in Canada, Europe and Asia. In a field with no degree and no license, membership in the Appraisers Association of America is one of the most important credentials to look for in a personal property appraiser. Our members are known for the highest standards of ethics, conduct and professionalism and are members in one of three categories: Certified Member, Member, and Associate. Certified is the highest level of membership and a Certified Member always has a designation of AAA after his/her name indicating that they have particular expertise in a specified area.

About the Appraisal Profession: In the appraisal profession, there are five major categories: personal property, real property (real estate), business valuation, machinery and equipment, and gems and jewelry. Although the organization has members in several of these areas, the majority of our members are personal property appraisers specializing in the fine and decorative arts, jewelry, and household contents. Their areas of specialization range from paintings and drawings, to clocks and watches, to furniture and ceramics. Members frequently specialize in more than one area, and many are certified experts in more than one area. Our members provide appraisals for purposes of insurance, estate tax, charitable donation, equitable distribution, liquidation, purchase, and sale.

Appraiser's Training More
There are several routes you can take if you are interested in becoming an appraiser, including completing the Appraisal Studies Certificate at NYU. In this section, learn more about what opportunities exist for those interested in becoming professional appraisers and members of the AAA.

Experts' Guide to Collecting More
Read the Experts' Guide to Collecting free online to get an overview of the process of working with an appraiser and more.

Join the AAA More
Learn more about the application process and what is required for all members of the AAA.



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