If you are transitioning from a related field, e.g., curator, dealer, auction specialist, collector, attorney, etc., and have at least ten years of significant appraisal or related connoisseurship and marketplace experience, we recommend that you apply to become a Certified Member. Applicants for this category typically have ten or more years of appraisal or related marketplace experience and as such are not required to complete the NYU School of Professional Studies appraisal studies program; however, applicants are still required to complete a condensed series of 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. All courses are taught online and in-person. We work closely with each candidate to assist with every step of the process.

Qualifying Experience (10 years minimum of direct marketplace and appraisal writing experience)

Qualifying Education (120 hours minimum):

  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP),  Personal Property – 15 hours
  • Theory and Methodology Course and Exam – 15 hours  
  • Elements of a Correctly Prepared Appraisal – 45 hours (5 hours of class time and 40 hours to prepare for the submission of 3 appraisals for review).
  • Specialization Exam – 45 hours (study and actual exam time)


  • Resume or CV listing qualifying experience and educational background  
  • Three professional references
  • Area of specialization (one primary)
  • Application Fee ($500; non-refundable)

Membership Comment (Name published twice in the Pending Applications List; full membership invited to comment)

Admissions Committee Review (meetings held quarterly in June, October, January and April)

Dues are $650 per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) and are pro-rated.

The entire process can take as little as four months or up to two years. Please note that once you initiate the application process, your candidacy will last two years. All application materials must be submitted within these two years.
Please call 212.889.5404, x13 or email for a membership application today!
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