Accredited Membership

Accredited Members make up our core membership level and represent those individuals with significant expertise, qualifying education, and a minimum of five years of experience in personal property appraisal experience, specializing in the fine or decorative arts. Accredited Members are included in the searchable “Find An Appraiser” database.

The Appraisers Association’s requirements for Accredited 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, including a 15-hour USPAP Course & Exam. Applicants must submit three sample appraisals following the templates provided by the Appraisers Association. Candidates for Accredited membership do not take an exam in an area of specialization. Renewing Accredited Members must meet a Continuing Education requirement of 70 hours every five years, including either a 15-hour or 7-hour USPAP Course and/or Exam every two years to remain USPAP compliant.

Qualifying Experience

  • 5 years minimum of direct marketplace and appraisal writing experience

Qualifying Education (120 hours minimum)

Candidates for Accredited Membership are required to complete four Candidate Core Courses and USPAP. Candidate Core Courses include Appraisal Writing Workshop, Theory and Methodology of Appraising, Research Methods for Appraisers, and Legal and Ethical Aspects of Appraising. Please contact the Membership Manager ( for more information about qualifying education towards Accredited Membership.


  • 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

Continuing Education

Accredited Members are required to report at least 70 hours of Continuing Education every five years. Credits for USPAP updates must be reported every two years.

Annual Dues  

Annual dues are $675 for membership year July 1-June 30. 

Candidates for Accredited Membership apply in only ONE area of specialization at a time. Additional areas of specialization can be added once your initial application is accepted. You may also apply to become a Certified Member in any area in which you are admitted once you have ten years of expeience. We encourage all of our Accredited Members to work towards Certification!

Once green-lighted, the entire application process for Accredited Membership can take as few 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 and instructions for report submission will be provided once your candidacy begins.

Please contact Patrick McIntyre, Membership Manager, by calling 212.889.5404 x13 or by email with any questions.

New to the Appraiser's Association?  

If you're an appraiser interested in Accredited or Certified membership in our organization, or an aspiring appraiser interested in CASP, please complete our brief screening application at the link below. This will include uploading a current resume or CV and any information on previous appraisal education. We will use this information to help determine which membership track most accurately matches your level of expertise.

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