CHICAGO — For the first time, the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) is offering its gold-standard course for preparing students for a career in personal property appraisals in an online format. The Core Course in Appraisal Studies, exclusively offered by ISA, is self-paced, interactive and prepares students for a new career for under $2,000. The course is widely regarded as the most comprehensive in the industry, distinguishing ISA as a leader in methodology, theory, principles, practices and ethics.
“Our Core Course is ideal for antiques and art professionals or enthusiasts with at least three years of market experience; those who seek to enrich their career opportunities in the fields of real estate, law or insurance; or those who would like an alternate stream of income for an existing business,” says Cindy Charleston-Rosenberg, ISA CAPP, and president of the International Society of Appraisers. “Students can work from the comfort of their own home at their own pace, with access to expert instruction on appraisal theory, market research ethics and best practices.”
View a video synopsis of the online course
Most people complete the course in three to five months; some students have finished as quickly as 45 days. The course fee is less than $1,200 for ISA members and less than $1,750 for non-members. Several new online courses are slated for the end of the year. ISA also offers a seven-day intensive, on-site version of the class in Naperville, Illinois, and Toronto, Canada.
“When we began offering these on-site classes back in 1979, most of our students were over age 55 and looking for a post-retirement career or a way to make a business from a hobby,” says Charleston-Rosenberg. “Today, we’re seeing more and more college graduates in the arts and people eager to start their own business, being creative with how they apply their degrees.”
With more than 800 members, the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) is the largest of the professional personal property appraisal associations representing the most highly trained and rigorously tested independent appraisers in the United States and Canada. ISA was founded in 1979 and is a not-for-profit, member-driven association, formed to support member needs and to enhance public trust by producing qualified and ethical appraisers who are recognized authorities in personal property appraising.
In addition to the anytime accessibility of the online courses, the ISA is also offering a couple of in-classroom courses at Northern Illinois University this October. The first session is ISA's Appraisal of Fine Art Course, Oct. 19-25, Northern Illinois University — Naperville Campus, Naperville, Ill. The second course is ISA's Antiques and Residential Contents Course, Oct. 26-Nov. 1, also held at the Naperville Campus, in Naperville, Ill.
For more information on the new Online Core Course in Appraisal Studies and all of ISA’s upcoming courses, visit www.isa-appraisers.org.