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Appraisal Studies

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About the Certificate Program

students admiring art in Neuberger MuseumPurchase College is proud to partner with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) to offer the appraisal studies certificate program. Develop the skills necessary to build a career in the appraisal of personal property and the collecting of fine art, decorative art, antiques, furniture, jewelry, coins, stamps, and more. Through lectures, optional field trips, and the use of the college’s Neuberger Museum of Art—among the 10 largest university museums in the country—learn the history and skills necessary to appraise and/or collect a wide range of items with assurance and competence.

Take courses individually or earn a certificate by completing all certificate requirements. All required courses are taught by accredited senior appraisers. Students who successfully complete the four required courses are awarded a certificate by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, reflecting 13 continuing education units (CEUs). Upon completion of the certificate, you will have taken the first step toward (a) becoming an appraiser or working as an appraisal expert in a gallery, auction house, or insurance company and (b) qualifying for eventual accreditation and membership in the ASA.

Note: Certificate programs must be completed within three years unless approved by the director of continuing education.

Program Prerequisites
No previous experience is required. Students are expected to have a bachelor’s degree or some professional market experience relevant to the objects typically examined in current appraisal practice.

To qualify for the certificate, students must:

  1. submit a Certificate Form of Intent
  2. achieve a “Pass” designation in coursework from the instructors
  3. submit a Certificate Request Form after all requirements have been met
  4. submit a Professional Certificate Program Survey

Required Courses

  1. Introduction to Personal Property Valuation (PP/GJ201)
  2. Development of a Personal Property Appraisal:
    Research and Analysis (PP/GJ202)
  3. Communication of a Personal Property Appraisal:
    Writing the Appraisal (PP/GJ203)
  4. Personal Property Valuation: The Legal and
    Commercial Environment (PP/GJ204)

Optional Courses

  1. Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)
  2. The Art and Antiques Market
  3. Understanding the Art Market

The total full-price tuition for the four required courses is $3,500. Discounted tuition rates are available to ASA members; Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and students who pay in full by the early-registration deadline (refer to Summer Courses for details). In addition to the tuition, there is a $25 nonrefundable registration fee paid once per semester.

Textbooks and Reading Materials
Textbooks are required. Sources for acquiring those texts will be made available to registrants.

Purchase College Email Accounts
Students who are registered for Development of a Personal Property Appraisal: Research and Analysis (PP/GJ202) and Communication of a Personal Property Appraisal: Writing the Appraisal (PP/GJ203) should activate their Purchase College email account.

Updated June 5, 2015

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