American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
An organization of appraisal professionals and others interested in the appraisal profession. International in structure, it is self-supporting and independent. The oldest and only major appraisal organization representing all of the disciplines of appraisal specialists, the society originated in 1936 and incorporated in 1952.
General Accreditation Information
Please note that the following information is of a general nature. Each ASA discipline has specific accreditation guidelines to be followed.
To qualify for Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) status, an individual must have a minimum of 5 years of full-time appraisal experience or the equivalent. At least 2 years of full-time appraisal experience or the equivalent are necessary for Accredited Member (AM) status. Collateral and/or related activities are not considered appraisal experience.
In general, each Candidate must have a four-year college degree or its equivalent.* Two years of appraisal experience are considered equivalent to one year of college (appraisal experience used toward college equivalency must be additional experience and not the same experience accumulated to fulfill the requirements listed above).
The appraisal report or reports are a significant factor in the evaluation of the total accreditation application and should support and define the experience, education and appraisal qualifications of each applicant. Accreditation will be awarded only to those applicants who demonstrate proficiency in performing complex appraisal assignments. ASA’s International Board of Examiners will not issue a final decision on accreditation applications until all factors (experience, education, examination and appraisal reports) have been considered.
Disciplines require candidates to pass a comprehensive exam before a designation is awarded. This exam evaluates the technical appraisal proficiency of the Candidate and their acquaintance with the society’s ethics, principles and basic precepts.
ASA site http://www.appraisers.org/Home