Why Join a Local ISA Chapter?

Why Join a Local ISA Chapter?

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 in News, Member Insights

There are many benefits for ISA members at all accreditation levels to join a local Chapter. The ISA is a vast community of international personal property appraisers and they created a Chapter Manual to help. 

Have you considered joining a Chapter to help further your appraisal practice? Here are some benefits to consider:

  • Networking Opportunities: Local chapters bring together professionals from diverse backgrounds, offering unique networking opportunities. These connections can lead to collaborations, mentorships, and even new business prospects.
  • Education and Professional Development: Chapters frequently organize workshops, seminars, and guest lectures that are tailored to the specific interests and needs of appraisers. These events are invaluable for staying updated on industry standards, methodologies, and trends. Not only are they included in membership dues, but you earn PDC credits for your required requalification.
  • Leadership Opportunities: Getting involved with your local chapter can open doors to leadership roles. These positions can enhance your resume, increase your visibility in the appraisal community, and develop your leadership skills. Get involved on a local basis and join committees in your Chapter! Many Chapter volunteers who started locally went on to become ISA Board Members.
  • Community and Support: Joining a local chapter gives you a sense of community and a support network of professionals who can offer advice, share experiences, and provide encouragement throughout your career.

Spotlight on the Canadian Chapter

As 2024’s newly elected President of the Canadian Chapter, I am honored to uphold and advance the legacy of our esteemed Chapter, which has thrived for over two decades. From my very first days as a member, the Canadian Chapter played a pivotal role in shaping my career, enabling me to establish meaningful connections and significantly develop my appraisal practice. Now, eight years on, it's my privilege to serve in a leadership capacity, contributing to the flourishing community of passionate and dedicated appraisers that define our Chapter.

Whether you are based in Canada, have professional ties to the area, or are interested in networking with Canadian appraisers, the Canadian Chapter offers a supportive community with an array of benefits:

  • Localized Insights: Gain insights into the Canadian market, including specific regulations (CCPERB & Canada Revenue Agency), market trends, and opportunities.
  • Cross-Border Networking: Expand your professional network beyond your immediate geography, connecting with peers across Canada and the United States.
  • Canadian Business Insurance Package: The Canadian Chapter has teamed up with Canadian insurer Assurart to create a tailored professional business insurance package specifically for Canadian residents and professionals.
  • Cultural and Market Diversity: Learn about the diverse cultural heritage and art markets within Canada, enhancing your appraisal knowledge and skills.
  • Earn Professional Development Credits (PDC): Earn more PDC credits when it is time to requalify. Each Chapter meeting is worth 1 PDC credit and each Professional Development Presentation is worth 1 PDC credit. That amounts to 8-10 PDC credits annually.

Becoming part of a local ISA Chapter is more than just a membership; it's an investment in your professional journey. By joining, you not only benefit personally and professionally but also contribute to the growth and strength of our expanding appraisal community.

Visit the ISA’s Chapter page to find out more about existing Chapters and learn how to join. If there isn’t one in your area ask the ISA for more information about how to start one. For those interested in the Canadian Chapter, additional information is available on the Canadian Chapter website.

Let's continue to encourage each other and elevate our profession together!

Andria Minicucci, ISA AM
President, Canadian Chapter of the ISA


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