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Appraisal Studies


In collaboration with the American Society of Appraisers, MassArt offers the ASA series of valuation classes towards ASA accreditation in personal property appraisal. Courses are open to students pursuing appraisal studies in all areas of valuation.

Four sequential foundation courses take students through the various approaches to valuation theory, economic concepts that apply to valuation, basic "appraisal process," ethical concerns of the appraiser and professional standards. Students interested in accreditation by the American Society of Appraisers must take these four classes in sequence, and must then take and pass the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

Please note that there are registration deadlines for each of the classes. Students traveling from out of town should wait until classes are confirmed before making travel arrangements.

2018-2019 Schedule of Courses

PG201 with Edie Yeomans - January 4-7 
This is the first class of the Principles of Valuation (POV) course of study of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) for Personal Property and Gems and Jewelry Appraisers. The first of four (4) required courses, this course provides individuals wishing to become appraisers with an introduction to the profession and basic concepts necessary for appraisal practice. These concepts are expanded throughout the three remaining courses.

Registration Deadline: December 15.

PG202 Introduction to Personal Property Valuation with Patricia Atwood - January 8-11
In the second course (PP202), participants learn about the development (research and analysis) necessary to prepare an appraisal. 

PP203 with Sandie Tropper - March 28-31
This course provides participants with the basics of communicating an appraisal as a written report. The instructor reviews the required parts of an appraisal report and provides guidance on organizing a document that presents a logical argument for value. Participants use terms they acquired in PP 201 and the methodology learned in PP/GJ 202 in class exercises to complete an appraisal and prepare the appraisal report for review by the instructor.

Registration Deadline: March 11, 2019.

PP204 with Sandie Tropper - May 2-5
This course introduces students to compliance with laws and regulations in order to conduct Personal Property appraisal practice. Using information learned in previous courses, participants expand their understanding of professional standards and the ethical requirements of an appraiser. The class allows students to use their analysis techniques for concluding Fair Market Value in an appraisal assignment. Further insight into the auction market, the insurance industry, and how tort law affects appraisers is covered in this class. PG204 also examines the legal court precedents on which many appraisal practices and regulations are based. As part of the class, students develop a Fair Market Value oral appraisal report for the property that they appraised in PP203.

Registration Deadline: April 19, 2019

USPAP with Sandie Tropper - May 30, 31
This course will familiarize students with the recognized standards governing professional appraisals. This 15-hour National USPAP-PP course is approved by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation.

Important Note: This course does not meet the Appraisal Foundation’s USPAP continuing education requirements for Real Property appraisers. This course will not be accepted by state real property licensing boards or for CE credit for state licensing of real property appraisers. This course may be used to meet qualifying USPAP requirements for beginning Real Property students who are seeking state certification, however, it is the responsibility of the student to verify acceptance of this course with his/her state prior to registering.

PP451 - Appraising Fine Arts Overview - June 1, 2

Appraising Fine Arts Overview explores how professional personal property appraisers approach their work when forming an opinion of an object’s value.

Appraising a work of art demands a wide spectrum of knowledge and experience in a fascinating combination of areas – attributions, history of ownership, forgery detection, tax law, and market influences to name a few. Topics will include documenting works of art, understanding the characteristics that drive value, and explaining the methodologies that an appraiser uses in diverse contexts. Participants will gain valuable practical and theoretical knowledge in a number of areas - such as the tools that appraisers employ when inspecting and identifying fine art objects, how condition can be viewed in diverse situations, and to what extent museums, collectors, galleries and auction houses have a role in influencing the art market and how that affects value. The course will provide best-practice guidelines for pursuing and expanding research avenues. Finally, the class will provide vivid, real-world examples and in-depth observations from a seasoned Fine Arts and Fine Arts Photography specialist.

registration information

Registration for the next cycle of classes will open mid-summer, 2018.


For additional information, please contact our office: •  617.879.7200

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