Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program (CASP)

CASP is a course 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 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 700 members devoted to assessing the value of fine and decorative arts and personal property. 

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 U.S.

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

Credentialed appraisers have gone on to take professional positions including:

  • 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 $57 billion global art market. 2015 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 will provide prospective and practicing appraisers, as well as arts professionals (including 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 will offer critical knowledge and competencies to evaluate and appraise fine and decorative arts and other personal property.  

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

The CASP curriculum includes classes in:

  • Appraising the Decorative Arts
  • Research Methods for Appraisers
  • Valuing the Fine Arts
  • Appraisal Writing
  • Conservation: Determining the Impact on the Fine and Decorative Arts
  • Impact of Damage and Loss on Value
  • The Practice of Appraising
  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice

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

There are currently two options for enrollment:

  • Summer Intensive Program: a four week in-person summer intensive, occurring every July in New York City.
  • Fall/Spring: an online program which runs from October to May of each year. The Fall/Spring CASP includes two in-person weekends in New York City, one in fall and one in spring. 

Fees: the fee for CASP is $4,250, exclusive of housing, living expenses and books and materials. The books and materials fee is $500.00  Financial assistance is not available at this time.

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, contact the CASP Coordinator by phone at 212-889-5404, ext. 10, or by email at



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