Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program (CASP)

CASP will provide you with the skills needed to:

  • Objectively and critically evaluate fine and decorative arts and household contents according to the highest standards set by The Appraisal Foundation.
  • Comply with the legal and ethical aspects of appraising as stated in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the IRS.
  • Utilize appraisal methodologies and industry-specific research skills to conduct comprehensive market analysis and to interpret market results. 
  • Write well-researched and legally compliant appraisal reports.
  • Apply current and pertinent tax law to appraisals.
  • Start your own appraisal business or augment your current profession.

Enroll in CASP and take a first step to becoming a member of the Appraisers Association of America, the premier association with more than 740 members devoted to assessing the value of fine and decorative arts and personal property. 

There are currently two options for enrollment:

  • Summer In-Person Intensivea four-week in-person summer intensive taking place every July in New York City.
  • Fall/Spring Onlinea two-semester online program that runs from September to May; there are two required in-person weekends in New York City (one in fall and one in spring). 

Fees: the program fee is $5,000 (exclusive of housing, living expenses, books and materials). The fee for books and materials is $500. Financial assistance is not available at this time.

The CASP curriculum is based on appraisal practices and standards set by the congressionally authorized Appraisal Foundation, which has raised the standards for all appraisers throughout the United States.

CASP students will be taught by Certified Members of the Appraisers Association of America and professionals that specialize in conservation, insurance, and IRS regulations. Additionally, students will engage in hands-on fieldwork at selected venues in New York City, the most dynamic international art market.

Credentialed Appraisers have gone on to take professional positions as:

  • Independent Appraiser
  • Auction House Appraiser
  • Insurance Company Appraiser
  • Appraiser for a bank (i.e. art as a financial asset/collateral)
  • Appraiser for the IRS
  • Art Advisor
  • Museum Registrar
  • Collection Management Specialist
  • Gallerist

Completing CASP will provide you with a certificate in Appraisal Studies from the Appraisal Institute of America, the educational foundation of the Appraisers Association of America.

The Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program has been designed to help meet the growing demand for personal property appraisers in the $63.7 billion global art market. 2017 was a record breaking year in the art world creating a greater demand for professionally trained and qualified appraisers throughout the U.S and abroad. 

CASP provides prospective and practicing appraisers and arts professionals (art advisors, auction house experts, art dealers, insurance experts, adjusters, conservators, attorneys, IRS officials, museum professionals, finance professionals, and others) with knowledge of the in-depth practices and standards necessary to be a qualified appraiser. The program offers critical knowledge and competencies to evaluate and appraise fine and decorative arts and other personal property.  

Students study the theory and methodology of appraising, learn to perform valuations, and gain the knowledge and experience needed to produce appraisals that comply with industry standards. They acquire skills essential to researching and interpreting art market data in order to advise on matters concerning the valuation of fine and decorative arts and personal property for the purposes of insurance, damage and loss, conservation, estate tax, gift tax, non-cash charitable donation, equitable distribution, collateral loans, financial/estate planning, buying and selling, collecting, and preserving. 

CASP informs students about the financial, legal, and ethical implications of appraising; international art trade issues, art authenticity concerns, and practices in developing connoisseurship. Advice is offered on setting up an appraisal business, networking, and getting that first assignment. 

The CASP curriculum includes classes in:

  • Appraising the Fine and Decorative Arts
  • Research Methods for Appraisers
  • Legal and Ethical Issues for Appraisers 
  • Report Writing
  • Conservation: Determining the Impact on the Fine and Decorative Arts
  • Impact of Damage and Loss on Value
  • The Practice of Appraising
  • Connoisseurship 

The Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program provides professionals with the requisite skills and knowledge to apply for membership in the Appraisers Association of America. 

The Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program and all of our educational programs, including the National Conference, are presented through the Appraisal Institute of America, the educational arm of the Appraisers Association of America, and is a 501(C)3 created in 1983.

For more information about CASP and what the program can do for you, please contact the CASP Coordinator by phone at 212-889-5404, ext. 10, or by email at casp@appraisersassociation.org.

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