BECOME A MEMBER
Founded in 1949, the Appraisers Association of America, Inc. is the oldest non-profit professional association of personal property appraisers with over 700 members in cities across the country as well as in Canada, Europe and Asia. Although multi-disciplinary by charter, the majority of Appraisers Association members are personal property appraisers specializing in one or more of over 100 areas of specialization. Accredited Members and Certified Members of the Appraisers Association serve the arts, legal, and financial communities and private and corporate collectors, providing appraisals for the fine and decorative arts, jewelry, and household contents to the highest industry standards for purposes of insurance, estate tax, charitable donation, equitable distribution, liquidation, purchase, and sale.
As one of the three US-based appraisal organizations recognized by the IRS, the Appraisers Association offers one of the most important credentials for personal property appraisers in the country. Ours is a self-regulating industry and unlike real estate, where users of appraisal services seek out appraisers with a government-issued license, users of appraisal services for the fine and decorative arts rely on the Appraisers Association to provide a credential which is essentially the equivalent of a license. A rigorous admissions process ensures the highest standards of ethics, conduct and professionalism; and required continuing professional development means that every Accredited Member and Certified Member is up-to-date with all of the latest government regulations and market trends. Additionally, the Appraisers Association is affiliated with The Appraisal Foundation based in Washington, D.C., which promotes appraisal standards through USPAP (Uniform Standards for Professional Appraisal Practice), and all Accredited Members and Certified Members are required to adhere to USPAP.
Our Professional Members
Certified Member: our highest level of membership representing those appraisers who have the most extensive level of expertise, education and experience. (Included in the searchable “Find An Appraiser” database, and distinguished with an “AAA” designation after their name)
Accredited Member: our core membership level, representing those appraisers with significant expertise, education and experience. (Included in the searchable “Find An Appraiser” database)
Life Member/Life Certified Member: our long-time members, who are 75 years of age or older, who have been members of the Appraisers Association for over 25 years, and who adhere to USPAP. (Included in the searchable “Find An Appraiser” database)
Our Affiliated Groups
Associates: aspiring appraisers who have completed the Appraisal Studies Program with our academic partner, NYU/SCPS. (Not included in the searchable “Find An Appraiser” database) MORE
Emeritus Members: our long-time members, who are 75 years of age or older, who have been members of the Appraisers Association for over 25 years, and who do not adhere to USPAP. (Not included in the searchable “Find An Appraiser” database)
Student Affiliates: current students in the NYU/SCPS Appraisal Studies Program. (Not included in the searchable “Find An Appraiser” database) MORE
Allied Professionals: those professionals who are involved in the broader field of collections management such as attorneys, insurance professionals, dealers, auction specialists, conservators, collectors, educators and others. Allied Professionals ARE NOT practicing appraisers. (Not included in the searchable “Find An Appraiser” database) MORE
How to Join the Appraisers Association of America
Our Accredited Members and Certified Members are primarily independent appraisers, however we do include among our members, appraisers affiliated with galleries or auction houses. A typical applicant profile is a professional transitioning from a related field, such as art law, or from a closely aligned field, such as curatorial. Depending on your level of expertise, we recommend one of two tracks: the “NYU Track” will take you through the NYU/SCPS Appraisal Studies Program to become a Member; or the “AAA Track,” which will bring you directly into the organization as a Certified Member. Our admissions procedures are in alignment with the guidelines established by The Appraisal Foundation for Minimum Requirements for Personal Property Appraisers. You will need to consider which track most accurately matches your level of expertise; we would be pleased to discuss these options in detail with you. Our Membership Manager will ask you for your most current resume or CV, a sample appraisal you have completed (if any) and about your work experience. Please call us at 212.889.5404 x13 or email membership.
If you are transitioning from a related field, e.g., curator, dealer, auction specialist, collector, attorney, etc., and have a basic level (less than five years) of appraisal or connoisseurship and marketplace experience, we recommend the Appraisal Studies Program at NYU/SPCS, the premier appraisal training program in the country. Earning your certificate from NYU/SCPS includes completing six (6) required theory and methodology courses and four (4) 10-session connoisseurship and marketplace electives. All those who have completed the program are given two (2) years credit towards our five-year appraisal experience requirement for membership.
Once you have completed the certificate, we invite you to become an Associate of the Appraisers Association for a period of three years, during which time you will develop your appraisal portfolio and have access to specially-designed programs for Associates. At the end of the three-year period, we invite you to apply to become a Member of the Appraisers Association. Our Membership Manager works closely with each applicant, and may assign a specialist “mentor” to assist you with every step of the process if necessary. Click hear to read more about becoming a Member through the "NYU Track."
“Accredited Member” application process/requirements:
Professional References and Sponsors
Area of Specialization
Application Fee $275
You may apply in additional areas once you are admitted as an Accredited Member; in addition, you may also apply to become a Certified Member in any area in which you are admitted as an Accredited Member. We encourage all of our Members to become Certified! MORE
Please call for a membership application today! 212.889.5404 x13 or email membership
If you are transitioning from a related field, e.g., curator, dealer, auction specialist, collector, attorney, etc., and have at least ten (10) years of significant appraisal or related connoisseurship and marketplace experience, we may place you on the track to become a Certified Member. Applicants for this category typically have 10 or more years of appraisal or related marketplace experience and as such are not required to complete the NYU/SCPS appraisal studies program; however, applicants are still required to complete a condensed series of online courses with the Appraisers Association including USPAP, Theory & Methodology, and Elements of a Correctly Prepared Appraisal, as well as a “certification exam” which tests depth of knowledge in your area of expertise. We work closely with each applicant, and may assign a specialist “mentor” to assist you with every step of the process if necessary. Click here to read more about becoming a Certified member through the AAA Track.
“Certified Member” application process/requirements:
Professional References and Sponsors
Area of Specialization
Application Fee $500
The entire process can take up to six months; please note that once you initiate the application process, you must submit all materials within a period of two years. You will be contacted by our Membership Manager before your candidacy expires.
Please call for a membership application today! 212.889.5404, x13 or email membership