Distance Education

ISA Education at Your Pace

Unable to travel? No problem! Complete your coursework from home at your own pace. Our Distance Education Program uses the same text materials as on-site courses coupled with interactive learning exercises and open book quizzes that must be completed as the course progresses.

For the Core Course, each student is assigned a personal instructor who answers questions, grades assignments, and reviews the final appraisal project.

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Requalification Course—Distance Education

23 ISA Professional Development Credits
Members-only: $625

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This course provides an opportunity for those not able to travel on site to re-qualify by doing the class through email lessons and projects. It covers the same material as the on-site class, but lacks class participation and group exercises. Students are allowed six months for completion of this course, with two three-month extensions available for an extra fee. Completion of assignments and a final exam are required for ISA credit. Course fee includes all requalification application fees. Open only to those who have completed the ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies or those bridging to ISA CAPP.

Also providing a review and update of ISA’s Appraisal Standards covering significant recent changes including those in the ISA Core Course Manual, the IRS, and the insurance industry. The class is a requirement for re-qualification and provides current guidelines, checklists, and forms helpful for every member. This will ensure that you are developing and writing appraisals to the current standards.

All cancellations and transfer requests must be in writing and received two weeks (14 days) within the first date of the class. All cancellations and transfer requests are subject to a $200 fee based on course cost. Distance Education course material must be returned before a refund of the remaining tuition will be sent.


Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts Course—Distance Education

52 ISA Professional Development Credits
Members: $1,400      Non–members: $1,700

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Students enrolling in the ISA Distance Education Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts course use the same text materials as the onsite course offerings coupled with a series of interactive learning exercises and that must be completed as the course progresses.

Each student is assigned a personal instructor who answers questions, grades assignments, and reviews the final appraisal project. Students are allowed one year to complete this course, with a maximum of two six–month extensions available at a cost of $200 each. Successful completion of all assignments and exams are required for credit in this course. Computer and email skills are required.

This course provides information necessary to properly identify and value items falling into the broad category of antiques and residential contents. Focus is on analysis of construction and manufacturing; discerning the difference between "good", "better", and "best" quality, design characteristics pertinent to general periods and styles; and research resources for the appraiser.  Course sections include furniture, ceramics, glass, silver, toys and dolls, and vintage fashions as well as general household contents.

All cancellations and transfer requests must be in writing and received two weeks (14 days) within the first date of the class. All cancellations and transfer requests are subject to a $200 fee based on course cost. Distance Education course material must be returned before a refund of the remaining tuition will be sent.


Appraisal of Fine Arts Course—Distance Education

52 ISA Professional Development Credits
Members: $1,400      Non–members: $1,700

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Students enrolling in the ISA Distance Education Appraisal of Fine Arts course use the same text materials as the onsite course offerings coupled with a series of interactive learning exercises and that must be completed as the course progresses.

Each student is assigned a personal instructor who answers questions, grades assignments, and reviews the final appraisal project. Students are allowed one year to complete this course, with a maximum of two six–month extensions available at a cost of $200 each. Successful completion of all assignments and exams are required for credit in this course. Computer and email skills are required.

This course emphasizes the primary categories of fine art frequently encountered by appraisers and dealers: paintings, sculpture, works on paper, frames, photography, animation art, Russian icons and Spanish Colonial art. Major areas of focus: art history, looking at art works properly, identifying and researching fine art works, properly describing art works, correctly employing specific vocabulary, and art conservation. 

All cancellations and transfer requests must be in writing and received two weeks (14 days) within the first date of the class. All cancellations and transfer requests are subject to a $200 fee based on course cost. Distance Education course material must be returned before a refund of the remaining tuition will be sent.

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