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Candidate Program Equivalencies

The following is information related to Candidate program equivalencies that may be available for one or more designation paths.


State Certification Education

If you are not a State Certified Real Property Appraiser and wish to enter a Candidate for designation program, you may enter a program by completing all certification education and examinations through the Appraisal Institute (certified general education for general designation paths and certifed residential for residential designation paths). 


Alternative Designations Paths

Our Candidate Policy Manual has the most up to date information related to alternative path requirements. Alternative paths may be available for those who hold the following designations/credentials:

  • Appraisal Institute, MAI, SRPA, SRA and RM designations
  • AACI - Appraisal Institute of Canada
  • CRA - Appraisal Institute of Canada
  • CIS HypZert (F) and CIS HypZert (MLV) - HypZert GmbH (Germany)
  • CCIM - CCIM Institute
  • LREA Certification - Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (Japan)
  • ARA and RPRA - American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
  • ARM and ASA - American Society of Appraisers
  • State Certified Assessors, CAE or RES Designation from IAAO


AI Approved Master's Degree Programs

Please see the AI Master's Degree Program webpage for details.

My Master's degree program has not been evaluated by the Appraisal Institute, however, I AM a Certified Real Property Appraiser OR I do perform work such as appraisal, appraisal review or other services provided as a valuer.

Please contact us at our email below and let us know more about you!


University Degree Equivalency

University degrees with equivalencies


Outside the United States

  • Qualifying education exams may be waived by meeting certification/licensure requirements of the foreign country, if considered equivalent to AI qualifying curriculum by the Admissions Committee. Please email your appraisal license to, or;
  • Qualifying education may be waived by completing the online International Equivalency Course: General (exam required). Instructions for completing the offline examination will be given after the completion of the online course. You may challenge this examination without completing the course (not recommended). To challenge this examination, please email your request to




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