Upon applying to enter the Candidate for Designation program, individuals are required to pay annual dues. For new applicants to AI, annual dues are prorated when joining between February and October. Individuals joining after November 1st will be charged the full annual dues for the upcoming year.
Each subsequent year, Candidates will be renewed and invoiced for the upcoming annual dues (this occurs around November 1st). Dues are subject to change annually.
AI Candidate Advisor
When individuals officially enroll in the Candidate for Designation program, they may select an AI Candidate Advisor. AI Advisor selection is optional.
Required Time Period
Candidates must complete the requirements for designated membership in four years.
Maximum Length of Candidacy
Candidates who do not complete the requirements in four years may request a new Required Time Period (if eligible). The Candidacy of individuals who are no longer eligible to enter a new Required Time Period shall be terminated and the individual will be entered into the Practicing Affiliate category.
Eligibility to request a new Required Time Period will be based on whether prerequisite requirements are considered completed. Requirements will expire over time.
Each designation path will have a set of prerequisites that must be completed prior to entering a Candidate for Designation program.
of Knowledge Requirement
The most extensive information related to the completion of this requirement may be found in the applicable guidebooks for each designation.
The Official Guide to the Demonstration of Knowledge Requirement: General (MAI requirement)
The Official Guide to the Demonstration of Knowledge Requirement: Residential (SRA requirement)
Information related to this requirement may be found in the Experience Credit Candidate Guidebook.
Candidates may apply for a free Advisory Guidance submission before applying for the Experience requirement for their designation path. Advisory Guidance provides an independent evaluation of the Candidate’s daily work product. It is conducted by an Experience Panel member, who offers counseling and ultimately helps a Candidate understand how to better prepare for the Experience requirement for the designation process. This is a free benefit for all Candidates for Designation!
The most extensive information related to completion of this requirement may be found in the Comprehensive Examination Guidebook.
The comprehensive examination is offered three times per year during the months of:
For written appraisal and written appraisal review reports, Candidates must use certification statements as part of their affiliation with the Appraisal Institute.
Sample Certification Statements (login required)
A Word about Appraisal Institute Standards, Certifications, Compliance Statements and Appraisal Institute Certification Statements
Program Fees and Designated Member Dues
There are various fees for completing Candidate for Designation requirements, including those associated with the comprehensive examination, experience submission, demonstration of knowledge, and the designation application. Fees Related to Candidacy
Annual membership dues may be prorated depending on the time of the year when receiving a designation, or additional designation. Designated Member Dues Structure
At the time of admission, Candidates are assigned to a local chapter and region. Take the opportunity to network at your local chapter.
The Appraisal Institute Education & Relief Foundation offers a variety of scholarships. Learn more!
There are many volunteer opportunities for Candidates to serve at the chapter, regional, and/or national level.