Core Course in Appraisal Studies

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Core Course in Appraisal Studies

The ISA Core Course in Appraisal Studies is the "original” complete appraisal methodology course for personal property appraising. Participants learn appraisal theory, market research, ethics, and best practices on creating appraisals. It consists of 25 individual lessons to provide a truly comprehensive education in the world of appraisals. Read further to learn about the concepts covered throughout the course. You will find topics covering almost every aspect of the appraisal profession:

• Objectives of an appraisal
• Approaches to value
• Definition of personal property
• Exploring various markets
• Market reactions and forces
• Understanding value
• Research considerations
• Scope of Work
• Intended Use: why is an appraisal needed?
• Insurance coverage and claims • Federal tax functions
• Charitable donations
• Equitable distribution or liquidation
• Identification & authentication of personal property
• Writing an appraisal report: standards, essential elements, and samples
• Developing a strong report: descriptions and terminology, photography, reasoning and evidence
• Legal Issues facing appraisers
• Starting and running an appraisal practice

The Core course delves deeply into each concept outlined above. Whether taught in person or via distance education, an instructor-led presentation goes over every aspect of the profession. Distance education students have a designated instructor who is ready to answer questions and help you succeed. Assignments and quizzes help solidify your learning, and a rigorous, proctored final exam ensures that the contents of the course have provided the best foundation for continued appraisal excellence.

Price: $1,500 members, $1,700 nonmembers

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Online Course Details:

  • 25 narrated lessons to complete on your own time, at your pace
  • Start, pause and resume the course on your schedule
  • An assigned instructor to address your questions at any time 
  • Online quizzes and discussion forums
  • Six months to complete the course with a maximum of two three–month extensions available at a cost of $200 each
  • Online Exam Proctoring Available

Who should take the Core Course:

The ISA Core Course is ideal for those looking to begin a career in personal property appraising, whether applying previous relevant experience and education, or not. Candidates are typically art scholars, curators, collectors, museum staff, antique dealers, auctioneers, estate liquidators, and others involved in the professional valuation of personal property.

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