Certified Membership represents the highest level of accomplishment for members of the Appraisers Association of America. Certified Members have the most extensive level of expertise, qualifying education, and a minimum of ten years of experience as an appraiser of personal property, specializing in the fine or decorative arts. Certified Members are included in the searchable “Find An Appraiser” database and are distinguished by “AAA” after their name.

The Appraisers Association’s requirements for Certified Membership align with the Personal Property Appraiser Minimum Qualification Criteria established by The Appraisal Foundation (TAF). TAF is a congressionally mandated organization that oversees the valuation profession. The requirements include 120 hours of Qualifying Education, met by successfully completing required courses, including a 15-hour USPAP Course and Exam. Applicants must submit three sample appraisals following the templates provided by the Appraisers Association and pass an exam in an area of specialization. Renewing Certified Members must meet a Continuing Education requirements of 70 hours every five years, including either a 15-hour or 7-hour USPAP Course every two years to remain USPAP compliant.

If you have at least ten years of significant appraisal or related connoisseurship and marketplace experience, we recommend that you inquire about applying to become a Certified Member. Applicants are required to complete a condensed series of courses with the Appraisers Association including USPAP, Theory & Methodology of Appraising, and Appraisal Writing Workshop, as well as a “certification exam” which tests depth of knowledge in your area of expertise. 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 – 10 hours  
  • Appraisal Writing Workshop – 10 hours of class time, 5 hours to complete assignment and 40 hours to prepare for the submission of 3 appraisals for review.
  • Specialization Exam – 40 hours (study and actual exam time)


  • Resume or CV listing qualifying experience and educational background  
  • Three professional references
  • Area of specialization
  • Application Fee ($275, 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 $675 per fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).

Applicants apply in ONE area of specialization at a time. Please review the list here. Additional areas can be added once your initial application is accepted.

The entire application process can take as little as four months or up to two years to complete. Please note that once you initiate the application process, your candidacy will last two years. All coursework and application materials must be completed within these two years. Templates for report submission will be provided once your candidacy begins.

Please contact Patrick McIntyre, Membership Manager for more information!


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