Online Learning Center

ISA's Online Learning Center


It's never been more convenient to take your first step to becoming a credentialed ISA personal property appraiser.

ISA's Online Learning Center, offering the Core Course in Appraisal Studies, is an innovative platform that prepares you for the ISA Core Course exam while providing you with the flexibility to study at your own pace from your own home. Accessible 24/7 from any computer, anywhere, the Online Learning Center's Core Course in Appraisal Studies is widely regarded as the most comprehensive methodology course for personal property appraisers.


  • 25 narrated lessons that cover appraisal theory, market research, ethics and best practices on creating appraisals 
  • An assigned instructor at the ready to address your questions at any time 
  • Self-paced and interactive sessions, with online quizzes and discussion forums
  • And no travel costs!

Who should take the Core Course:

The ISA Core Course is ideal for those with significant relevant experience who wish to apply their background to a prestigious new career. Candidates are typically art scholars, curators, collectors, museum staff, antique dealers, auctioneers, estate liquidators, and others involved in the professional valuation of personal property.

Students who successfully complete the course by completing all lessons and the final, proctored exam will earn 52 professional development credits and gain instant access to their print-ready Certificate of Completion. 

What course graduates are saying:

“I think the core course is the best way to understand the nuts and bolts of appraising. The advantage of online is being able to take more time in digesting the information.” - Elizabeth Claassen of Claassen Appraisals in Moses Lake, Washington

“It's perfect for people who can't travel easily to attend a course, who want to work at their own pace, or who want to start the program at a time when the course isn't offered in a classroom setting.” - Candace Hill, Arvada, Colorado

“I found the course provided a good introduction to what is involved in writing appraisals and the importance of learning the proper way to approach appraising.” - Paige Sillcox, King City, Canada

“It was a very thorough and rewarding course.” - Steven Raether of SLR Enterprises in Mesa, Arizona

Register for the course below.

Core Course in Appraisal Studies (Online)

52 ISA Professional Development Credits
Members: $1,400.00   Non-members: $1,700.00

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Students enrolling in ISA’s Online Core Course program use the same text materials as the onsite course offerings coupled with a series of interactive learning exercises and open book quizzes that must be completed as the course progresses.

Each student is assigned a personal instructor who answers questions 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 is the “original” complete appraisal methodology course for personal property appraising.  Its thorough scope includes appraisal objectives, intended uses, market identification and analysis, research methods and skills, ethics and professional conduct, and a detailed presentation of report formats and checklists. This course sets the standards that others imitate.

The encyclopedic manual is in two sections and includes a resource directory of over 200 pages, including computer research sites, useful forms for your appraisal practice, and abridged law cases worthy of mention. Students learn the techniques of networking and are able to apply their new skills and knowledge in writing complete appraisal reports that are both ISA and USPAP compliant. Minimum computer skills are required.


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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