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General Demonstration of Knowledge Requirement

Seven Options Available!

Learn more about all seven General Demonstration of Knowledge options and decide which one is right for you!

The Official Guide to the Demonstration of Knowledge Requirement: General

This guidebook provides the most comprehensive document to assist you with selecting an option to satisfy your Demonstration of Knowledge requirement.

Register for: Capstone Program Option


A pre-class FMA writing assignment must be complated and submitted at least one week before the second webinar. If the assignment is not submitted and approved by the deadline, AI will terminate the Candidate’s non-refundable enrollment in the Capstone program offering.

General Demonstration of Knowledge Applications

Application: Traditional General Demo Option

The most complete presentation of a property appraisal that an individual can produce given the limits of the individual’s abilities and the market evidence available at the time. The term, “most complete,” simply means the most concise. This is accomplished via a thorough presentation of each section of the report demonstrating the Candidate’s level of knowledge and expertise. 

Application: E-Demo Option

As an enhanced learning experience, the E-Demo follows the same policies and procedures as the traditional demonstration report option. The general Candidate is paired with a E-Demo Advisor. Each section of the report is reviewed by the Advisor prior to final submission of the demonstration report to assess strengths and weaknesses of the report.

Application: Research Project Option

Original research that expands the overall body of knowledge of the appraisal profession. The proposed Research Project is to be of sufficient scope and complexity. Sample Project Outline and Sample Project Topics

Application: Peer Reviewed Publications Option

Peer reviewed publications based on original research (in a field related to real property economics)

Application: Thesis Option

Master’s thesis or a Doctoral dissertation

Application: Defense of Reports Option

The option includes an in-depth oral defense of reports interview. It may not be the perfect option for all Candidates. The Candidate should be comfortable presenting an oral defense of reports, which could be similar to defending a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The reports considered for this option combined with the oral testimony must demonstrate the same level of knowledge, understanding, and application of appraisal principles and practices required in the traditional demonstration report option. Jointly, the reports and the oral presentation will be considered for the award of credit.



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