Opening a consignment antique shop, on a whim, in 1988, taught me quickly, that I was definitely at the scene of the crime. And I was the perpetrator! Having no market knowledge of antiques, or no means to determine such, I was literally giving away fine antiques to people who were more knowledgeable than I.
Enter the International Society of Appraisers, who took this novice by the hand and led me to a world populated with terms, knowledge and values that became second nature to me! Product knowledge is obtained with research and the day to day operations of Antique & Almost. An appraiser cannot profess to know everything, but training shows that appraiser how to find the value for the purpose needed.
Joining the ISA was the first step! Becoming educated in the world of appraising is a continuing journey. The mission of ISA is to advance the professionalism and effectiveness of personal property appraisers. Continued education and appraisal practices leads to the designation of Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (ISA-CAPP), the highest level of membership with the ISA. The University of Maryland University College reviews all ISA courses and certifies that the courses meet the University’s high academic standards and also awards Continuing Education Units to ISA students.
There are many self-proclaimed appraisers who have absolutely no formal education for appraisals. Perusing the professional profile or CV of an appraiser will show the level of education an appraiser has obtained. Many appraisal organizations do not require members to take courses or tests before being admitted as full members of their organization. Your personal possessions can be likened to your body! You would not take your body to a doctor who had purchased his credentials without an education!