JOIN THE APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION: AAA TRACK MORE INFO 

This is the path to membership for those who have not completed the NYU/SCPS Certificate program; examples include individuals who have been working in the fine and decorative arts or appraisal industry for a number of years, established professionals who hold advanced degrees in the fine and decorative arts fields and want to establish themselves as professional appraisers, and so on. Contact the Membership Manager at 212.889.5404 x13 for more information about which path to membership is most appropriate for you.

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I. Required Coursework
The Appraisers Association of America offers specially-designed courses for those professionals applying to become Certified Members. All of the courses are geared to the seasoned professional who has significant connoisseurship and marketplace experience, and focus primarily on technical information such as report writing and methodology. The courses are available online only, and are included in the application fee. The courses have been developed in alignment with the requirements of The Appraisal Foundation. Since January 2011, the required courses are:
  • Theory & Methodology
  • USPAP
  • Elements of a Correctly Prepared Appraisal Course
     
II. Membership Application
Once you have decided to apply to become a Certified Member of the AAA, we encourage you first to contact us by telephone (212.889.5404 x13) to discuss the process and confirm the next steps; then, you will need to complete the Membership Application, which revolves around the following items:
  • Contact information: we will need all of your contact info including an email address which will serve as your unique ID for our online database and website.
  • Professional Experience: detailed information about your professional experience will assist us in providing you with advice on moving forward with your application.
  • Educational Background: detailed information about your educational background will assist us in providing you with advice on moving forward with your application.
  • Professional References: contact information for three professional references; we will contact the references directly; you do not need to send letters of reference.
  • Area of Specialization: select one area of specialization to apply in; and you may add additional specializations once you are admitted in one.
  • Appraisals: submit three appraisal reports including:
Estate Tax Liability: provide an appraisal report with five (5) significant, representative, and different objects specific to your area of specialization, all of which you have personally examined, with images for each; additionally, you must provide comparables for each work of art, and images of the comparables.
 
Insurance: provide an appraisal report with five (5) significant, representative, and different objects specific to your area of specialization, all of which you have personally examined, with images for each; additionally, you must provide comparables for each work of art, and images of the comparables.
 
Non-cash Charitable Donation: provide an appraisal report with two (2) significant, representative, and different objects specific to your area of specialization, both of which you have personally examined, with images for each; additionally, you must provide comparables for each work of art, and images of the comparables.
 
Appraisal reports must adhere to our Elements of a Correctly Prepared Appraisal, and must follow our Appraisal Templates, which will be provided to you as part of the application package.  The templates ensure that you have included a Certification Page, Scope of Work, Disclaimer, Assumptions and Limiting Conditions, Preferred Format for Object ID, and other critical components of an appraisal report, as well as appropriate pagination. 
 
The importance of excellent formatting cannot be overemphasized; your reports are the centerpiece of your application; your mentor will work with you to ensure that your reports are ready for presentation; all reports receive a preliminary review by admissions committee members before being submitted to the Admissions Committee. 
  • Application Fee $500: the application fee includes report templates and course work and is good for a period of two years. Applicants are encouraged to submit, even if all of the information has yet to be completed.
 
III. Mentor
You may be matched with a mentor who is a seasoned appraiser and specialist in your field who will work with you to complete your application; the mentor can be assigned to you, or suggested by you to us. Not every candidate requests a mentor.
 
IV. Applications List Published
The names of all applicants for membership are published on a “Pending Applicants” list and distributed to the full membership, twice, during the admissions process, thereby providing an opportunity for members to comment.
 
V. Certification Exam
Applicants for Certified Member are required to sit for a “certification exam” which tests your knowledge of your area of specialization, marketplace for the material and research resources available for the material. Applicants may make an appointment to take the exam at the Appraisers Association office, or in a proctored setting in their city. Local libraries, colleges and universities may offer test proctoring sites. Exams are graded by two members of the Admissions Committee.
 
VI. USPAP
You must be current with USPAP; i.e. if you last took USPAP in 2012, with the 2012-2013 USPAP publication, and you are applying in February 2014, for example, you will need to take the 2014-2015 USPAP 7 hour course as part of the application process. All members are required to be current with USPAP, and to write USPAP- compliant appraisals. 
 
VII. Admissions Committee Review
The Admissions Committee is composed of members of our Board of Directors, all specialists in varying fields; and meets four times a year in January, April, June, and October of each year.
 
VII. Dues
Dues are $625 per fiscal year; members are admitted four times a year; and membership dues are pro-rated to our fiscal year, July 1 through June 30.
 
You may apply in additional areas once you are admitted as a Certified Member. This is an seperate application process.
 
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.

Please call Ana-Alicia Siqueiros, Membership Manager, at 212.889.5404 x13 for a membership application today or email!
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