Q: I want to register for an online program and start it today. Can I attend a program on a date other than the offering date?
A: Our online programs usually begin new sessions on the 1st and 15th of each month, but you may enroll for a program at any time. You do not have to complete a program all in one day; you have 30-45 days, depending on the program, to complete the program materials. If you want to enroll in a session that has already begun, you can register late, but you will not have the full 30-45 days to complete the program. For example, someone registering on the 11th day of the month in a 30-day program can be enrolled in the session that started on the 1st, but they will have 30 minus 11 days (19 days) to complete the program.
Q: Do I need to complete the program all in one day to get credit?
A: No, the seminars are self-paced. You can move as rapidly or as slowly as you want within a 30-45-day window, depending on the program. For example, you can work for one hour and then log off and come back three days later and work for another hour or two. You determine the speed.
Q: How often are the programs offered?
A: Programs usually begin new sessions on the 1st and 15th of every month. If you'd like to start immediately (1 hour after registration), you can enroll for the most previous session, but you will have fewer than the full 30-45 days to complete the program material.
Q: What programs are offered?
A: We have several course and seminar offerings available now.
New programs are being offered all the time, so be sure to come back and check the website often.
Q: What is the difference between a Course and a Seminar?
A: Online education programs are either courses or seminars. Courses are generally more intensive, with more content and credit hours, and usually require an offline proctored exam. Additionally, some states recognize online courses for pre-licensure credit.
Seminars are developed on specific practice-related issues and help you fulfill continuing education requirements.
Q: Do I need to purchase a text or additional materials to successfully complete the program?
A: In general, all of the program content is contained online. However, some programs may offer supplementary offline materials that will enhance the learning process. Courses may also have required or optional textbooks. Check the program description for specific information.
Q: Can I receive state pre-licensure or continuing education credit for online programs?What about Appraisal Institute continuing education credit?
A: As with all continuing education programs, each individual state must approve a program for pre-licensure and/or continuing education credit. The online programs have been submitted to all states that approve online education and the The Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) of the Appraisal Foundation for approval. Visit our State Appraisal Boards Approvals page for details. All of our online education program also carry Appraisal Institute credit for Appraisal Institute members. Check the program description for specific information.
Q: When should I register?
A: You should register before the scheduled start date of the course or seminar you wish to take if you would like the full 30-45 day window. Otherwise, you may register late if you plan to complete the program in less time.
Q: How long do I have to complete the program?
A: You have 30-45 days from the start date to complete your program. Your access to the program will expire at midnight Central Standard Time on the 31st day of the program. If you registered late for a session-in-progress, you will have less than the full 30-45 days.
Q: Is it possible to access the programs after the 30-45 day period?
A: No. You will not be allowed to access the program once your 30-45 day registration period has expired unless you request an extension. The extension request must be made either during the program session or within seven days after the program has expired. (See our Terms and Policies for further details.) When you are in the program, if you want to save locations of interesting linked sites, go to these sites and use your browser functions to add the sites to your bookmarks or favorites.
Q: Why are the programs limited to a 30-45 day time frame?
A: Each program is different, and can demand different times. For example, our pre-licensure courses give students more than 45 days. Many of our 7-hour Continuing Education programs are 30 days because, in our experience, if a student hasn't finished a program within 30 days, they likely aren't going to finish. Keep in mind this time frame is still 30-45 times longer than students get in a classroom to complete the program.
Q: Do the programs have instructors?
A: Yes, but the role of the faculty is different from the traditional classroom. Rather than deliver lectures, instructors serve as facilitators. They are available to answer questions and guide discussions via e-mail and online discussion groups during the entire length of the program.
Q: Will I receive proof of completion?
A: Yes. A certificate of completion reflecting the date of completion will be emailed, in Portable Document Format (PDF), after you successfully complete the program content and any assignments and required examinations. The type of certificate emailed will be based on the address under which you are registered. If you are licensed in more than one state and require more than one type of certificate you can request them by contacting us.
Q: How do the online courses and seminars work on the Internet?
A: Review our How it Works page.
Don M. Emerson Jr., MAI, SRA, has been involved in appraisal practice for more than 30 years and is president of Emerson Appraisal Company, Inc., in Gainesville, Florida. Emerson Appraisal Company provides commercial appraisal services in the North ...
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