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This course is intended only for those who last took the 15-hour National USPAP Course in 2012 or 2013, or for those who have kept current with the biennial USPAP Update Courses since having taken the 15-hour National USPAP Course.

This ACA Online USPAP Update Course (2014 version) focuses on changes incorporated into the 2014-2015 edition of USPAP. In addition to reviewing the changes, this course also reviews the structure of USPAP as well as common USPAP violations. The course also focuses on those sections of USPAP that the ASB has identified as being problem areas for appraisers. This course makes use the 2014-2015 edition of USPAP (required).

Students have access to this course for 30 days. With diligence, this course can be completed in seven hours. Cost: $185.

    BONUS!! Graduates of this course are rewarded with FREE enrollment in the online course "How to Write Appraisal Reports," which is described elsewhere on this page.

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    Why pay several thousand dollars — spending weeks of your time (often over a period of years) traveling to several different locations — when you can get the same information right here in the comfort of your own home and at times that are convenient for you?

    The Complete Online Course in Personal Property Appraising is an extensive and unique course which addresses the core knowledge necessary for the professional personal property appraiser who is seeking competency in appraisal theory, principles, methodology and report writing skills in order to practice at the highest standards of ethics and performance. Some of the areas covered in this course include: the duties of a professional appraiser; types of appraisals and their intended uses (donation, insurance, estate, liquidation, etc.); the "Appraisal Process"; approaches to value; value types and their definitions; selection of the most appropriate market to research; Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice; tax regulations regarding federally-related appraisals for donation, gift, inheritance and estate purposes; research techniques; ethics; running an appraisal business; working with the client; constructing an appraisal report; and a brief review of prominent cases such as Anselmo, O'Keeffe, Sammons, Querbach and Goldman which address key issues relating to appraising including appropriate market from which to acquire comparable sales data, valuing contraband, malpractice, fraud, clear title, fair market value, blockage discounts, USPAP, etc. Students have access to this course for six months. Click here to view the entire course outline.

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    Syllabus

    Note that this course was prepared during the 2012-2013 USPAP cycle. Although changes to USPAP have been made since that time, the basic lessons taught in this course remain valid.

    In this course, through a series of 15 videos (covering two hours of web casting) and numerous links to referenced resources and course-related articles, you will discover a time-proven method of preparing USPAP-complaint appraisal reports. This course is written and taught by Dave Maloney, a well-known appraiser, author and course writer and instructor. Using the latest in presentation techniques, he will teach you the underlying USPAP requirements that form the basis for developing and reporting opinions of value, typical report structure and types of report content, the driving forces behind that content, and a complete sample appraisal report that reflects the requirements and best practices of the profession. Additional topics including making your reports look professional, designing and using a Cover Letter to convey your report to the client, and options for delivering the report and collecting payment will also be covered. This presentation will keep you focused in a way that will help you understand and remember the intricacies of writing a professional personal property appraisal report. Students have access to this course for 30 days.

    (Attention MAC users: to view the movies in this course, you need the ability to play .wmv files. If you cannot play the below movie, I suggest installing VLC Media Player, a free cross-platform multimedia player.)

    This course refernces two books which, though not required for this course, are recommend for your library:

    — "Appraising Personal Property: Principles & Methodology" (David Maloney, Appraisers Press, current edition)
    — "Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice" (The Appraisal Foundation, current edition)