Shopping Cart
Welcome,   My Account

International Affiliation

Any interested real estate professional living anywhere in the world may join the Appraisal Institute.

Whether you are seeking the services of a qualified real estate appraiser, interested in a consulting career, or want to join a global organization for real property valuation professionals, the Appraisal Institute is the place for you!

For more than 80 years, the Appraisal Institute has been the world’s leading organization of appraisal professionals, promoting high standards of practice through its designation programs, education, peer review process, research, and publications.

Real estate valuation professions may join as a Candidate for Designation and enjoy many benefits, including a listing in our Find an Appraiser directory. For those individuals interested in becoming Designated members, AI offers accreditation paths for individuals who hold designations from other organizations, such as HypZert and the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

AI also recognizes governmental licenses and certifications from Korea, Japan, China, Germany, and Turkey; AI is also willing to evaluate designations and government certifications from any other country.
Related industry professionals, including brokers, bankers, attorneys, or government officials, may join the Appraisal Institute as a Practicing Affiliate or Affiliate.

The Appraisal Institute maintains its involvement in regional and international federations, including the International Valuation Standards Committee (IVSC), the Union of Pan-American Valuation Organizations (UPAV), and the European Group of Valuers’ Association (TEGoVA).

The Appraisal Institute has signed cooperation agreements with the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC), Federación de Colegios de Valuadores, A.C., (FECOVAL), HypZert GmbH, and Uniunea Naţională a Evaluatorilor Autorizaţi din România (ANEVAR).


AI Professionals residing outside the United States receive a 25% discount on annual fees and dues.

For more information about our international programs, contact us at international@appraisalinstitute.org.

Opportunities to Join the Appraisal Institute

Appraisal practitioners and individuals from allied fields have the opportunity to join the Appraisal Institute. Practicing appraisers may join as Candidates and choose to work toward an Appraisal Institute Designation. Appraisal Institute also has options available for valuers and non-valuers. 

Options for Valuation Professionals and Options for Others

Each category has access to a variety of services and AI Benefits, as well as a network of peers. The Appraisal Institute has the reputation, technology, education, and publications to help you build marketing advantages for your career. Join today and help diversify your business and boost your income.

Appraisal Institute Designations

MAI Membership Designation

The MAI membership designation is held by professionals who can provide a wide range of services relating to all types of real property, such as providing opinions of value, evaluations, review, consulting and advice regarding investment decisions, among others. Property types may include commercial, industrial, agricultural, residential, vacant land and others. To become a MAI Designated member of the Appraisal Institute, an individual must:

  • Have good moral character;
  • Meet standards and ethics requirements;
  • Pass rigorous education requirements;
  • Pass a final comprehensive examination;
  • Submit specialized experience which must meet strict criteria; and
  • Receive credit for the demonstration of knowledge requirement.

MAI Designation Requirements for International General Candidates for Designation

These individuals have the necessary commercial property valuation experience and knowledge to produce a valuation that instills confidence. MAI Designated members agree to adhere to the Appraisal Institute code of professional ethics and standards of professional appraisal practice, underscoring their commitment to sound and ethical professional practice.

Continuing education requirements help MAI Designated members stay informed of developments pertaining to real property valuation, enabling them to provide valuations reflecting the latest in professional practice.

The MAI designation has long been recognized by courts of law, government agencies, financial institutions and investors as a mark of excellence in the field of real estate valuation and analysis.

SRA Membership Designation

The SRA membership designation is held by professionals who can provide a wide range of services relating to residential properties, including providing opinions of value, evaluations, reviews, consulting and advice regarding investment decisions, among others.

To become a SRA Designated member of the Appraisal Institute, an individual must:

  • Have good moral character;
  • Meet standards and ethics requirements;
  • Pass rigorous education requirements;
  • Submit residential experience which must meet strict criteria; and
  • Receive credit for the demonstration of knowledge requirement.

SRA Designation Requirements for International Residential Candidates for Designation

SRA Designated members agree to adhere to the Appraisal Institute code of professional ethics and standards of professional appraisal practice, underscoring their commitment to sound and ethical professional practice.

Continuing education requirements help SRA Designated members stay informed of developments pertaining to real property appraisals, enabling them to provide appraisals reflecting the latest in professional practice.

AI-GRS Membership Designation

The AI-GRS membership designation is held by professionals who can provide reviews of appraisals of a wide range of property types, including commercial, industrial, agricultural, residential, vacant land and others. To become an AI-GRS Designated member of the Appraisal Institute, an individual must:

  • Have good moral character;
  • Meet standards and ethics requirements;
  • Meet special education requirements;
  • Pass a comprehensive examination; and
  • Possess experience in general appraisal review that meets specific standards.

These individuals possess experience and knowledge that give them the tools to address the issues unique to general and commercial real property review appraisals. AI-GRS Designated members agree to adhere to the Appraisal Institute code of professional ethics and standards of professional appraisal practice, underscoring their commitment to sound and ethical professional practice.

Continuing education requirements help AI-GRS Designated members stay informed of developments pertaining to review appraisals, enabling them to provide review appraisals reflecting the latest in professional practice..  

AI-RRS Membership Designation

The AI-RRS membership designation is held by professionals who can provide reviews of residential appraisals. To become an AI-RRS Designated member of the Appraisal Institute, an individual must:

  • Have good moral character;
  • Meet standards and ethics requirements;
  • Meet special education requirements;
  • Pass a comprehensive examination; and
  • Possess experience in residential appraisal review that meets specific standards.

These individuals possess experience and knowledge that give them the tools to address the issues unique to residential real property review appraisals. AI-RRS Designated members agree to adhere to the Appraisal Institute code of professional ethics and standards of professional appraisal practice, underscoring their commitment to sound and ethical professional practice.

Continuing education requirements help AI-RSS Designated members stay informed of developments pertaining to review appraisals, enabling them to provide review appraisals reflecting the latest in professional practice.

How to Find a Member

To find a Designated Member, Candidate for Designation, Practicing Affiliate or Affiliate, please use our Find An Appraiser tool. You may search throughout the world by name or location. Listings also are searchable by property type and business service.

Professionals Providing Real Estate Solutions®

Designated Members form a network of Professionals Providing Real Estate Solutions® throughout the world. Because they have met rigorous educational and experience requirements, Designated Members are respected by courts, government agencies, lenders and corporations. Designated Members can guide decisions to invest in, buy or sell property and answer questions about property value and suitability for various uses. They also may serve as consultants on valuation and usage issues, and appear as expert witnesses in legal proceedings.

Designated Members agree to conduct professional activities in accordance with the Code of Professional Ethics, Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, or International Valuation Standards. Appraisal Institute also administers a refined peer review process through which it enforces these principles.

The Leader is Appraisal Education

Appraisal Institute offers an extensive curriculum of courses and seminars designed to expand skills and customer bases. These programs also help other industry professionals gain an understanding of real estate techniques.

Appraisal Institute has a growing international presence and provides education programs in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Appraisal Institute Education Network of Programs, offered around the world, are taught by experienced Designated members. Some programs are available online, combining the flexibility of self-study with the enhancements of the digital medium.

For information regarding international offerings of Appraisal Institute appraisal education programs, please e-mail international@appraisalinstitute.org

The World’s Leading Publisher of Appraisal Literature

Appraisal Institute is the world’s largest publisher of appraisal literature. The Appraisal of Real Estate has served generations of professionals as the premier real estate valuation text and has been translated to Spanish, Romanian, Korean, Japanese and Chinese.

The Appraisal Institute continuously adds to its extensive list of publications that cover contemporary issues, industry advances and special-purpose properties.

The Appraisal Institute also publishes The Appraisal Journal and Valuation magazine. The Appraisal Journal has served as the top forum for appraisal professionals.

Valuation magazine focuses on innovative features and ideas to assist appraisers. The free Appraiser News Online e-newsletter keeps professionals abreast of industry trends and legislative and regulatory matters.

A Professional Resource

The Appraisal Institute serves as a professional resource through its Lum Library, InfoExchange and JobSearch services. With its extensive collection of books, journals and other resources and growing database connections, the Lum Library provides support for the research needs of Designated members, Candidates, Practicing Affiliates, and Affiliates, as well as the profession at large.

In today’s evolving marketplace, the Appraisal Institute Appraisal Standards Committee keeps vigilant watch for domestic and international issues concerning ethics and standards, and addresses these issues through comments and guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

I hold a Designation or license from another country. Do you have any alternative paths to designated membership (i.e. AACI Designation, HypZert Designation, Japanese license issued by LREA)? 

Appraisal Institute does offer some alternative paths. Please view our Candidate Policy Manual for current alternative paths for those who hold other credentials.

Is education available online to obtain AI Designations?

AI recently launched the education required for MAI Designation in live online sessions. These live online sessions (called Synchronous) are in English. Once the live session is completed, you will need to schedule the examination for the online course at a PearsonVue testing center

There is also an option to challenge the examinations required for many AI designation education courses. If you choose to challenge the course you would receive course materials, study on your own, and pass the course examination at a PearsonVue testing center.There are PearsonVue testing centers located worldwide. Locate an International Testing Center

Questions? international@appraisalinstitute.org

P: (312) 335-4295

Pop up content here.

Agree Disagree
close (X)