I. New York University/SCPS Appraisal Studies Certificate Program
The Appraisers Association of America has been affiliated with New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) offering a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts for nearly 30 years. The Appraisal Studies Program at NYU is one of the most important training grounds for appraisers and is considered an important step in becoming a member of the Appraisers Association of America, especially for those professionals transitioning from a related career. Some of our Board members have completed the Certificate program and began their careers as appraisers after securing their certificate. All required courses and many electives are available in traditional format and online.  Click here to view current courses.

The Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts is awarded to those who successfully complete six required courses and 40 session electives. Elective courses are listed as a five session elective or as a ten session elective.
 
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The required courses to be taken in the following order are:
  • Essentials of Appraising
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Appraising
  • IRS Legal Guidelines in Valuation of Fine and Decorative Arts
  • Research Methods for Appraisers
  • Appraisal Writing Workshop
  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)
Some of the numerous specialized electives include:
  • Appraising Glass: The Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco Eras
  • Appraising Household and Personal Property
  • Essential Guide to Appraising Silver
  • Continental Pottery and Porcelain, 1700-1850
  • Introduction to Appraising British and American Furniture
  • The Art of Jewelry Appraising
  • Essential Guide to Contemporary Asian Art

Your electives can be taken at any time. Course offerings do vary by semester. The core courses can be completed in two or three semesters depending on your own schedule. NYU allows each student four years to complete the program. The courses are taught by working professionals, often times who are members of the Appraisers Association. Upon successful completion of SCPS's Certificate in Appraisal Studies, the Appraisers Association of America will credit students with up to two years of work experience towards the five-year work experience requirement for membership in the Appraisers Association of America.  All those who complete the Appraisal Studies Certificate are eligible and encouraged to become Associates of the Appraisers Association for a period of three years before applying for full membership in the Appraisers Association.

 
Further information on the Appraisal Studies Program is available at www.scps.nyu.edu or here or call 212.998.7200.
 
 
 
II. Membership Application
Once you have decided to apply to become a Member of the Appraisers Association, 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. The review process by the admissions committee is focused on the items you select for your reports, the comparables you select, and your analysis—essentially, they are looking to see how you build your case, how cogently you present your information, and your depth of knowledge of the material, the marketplace for your material, and resources for your material.
  • Application Fee $275: the application fee includes report templates, instructions for how to use them, a tentative timeline and is good for a period of two years.  We encourage applicants to submit an application, even if all of the information has yet to be completed.
 
III. Mentor
You may be provided with a mentor who is a seasoned appraiser and specialist in your field who will work with you to complete your application; Candidates will need to request 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 via email, during the admissions process, thereby providing an opportunity for members to comment.
 
V. USPAP
You must be current with USPAP; i.e. if you last took USPAP in 2008, with the 2008-2009 USPAP publication, and you are applying in February 2011, for example, you will need to take the 2010-2011 USPAP course and exam as part of the application process. All members are required to be current with USPAP, and to write USPAP-compliant appraisals. 
 
VI. Admissions Committee Review
The Admissions Committee is composed of 14 members of our Board of Directors, all specialists in varying fields; and meets 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 Member; in addition, you may also apply to become a Certified Member in any area in which you are admitted as a Member. We encourage all of our Members to become Certified!
 
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 for a membership application today! 212.889.5404, x13
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