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    Pursue a Designation

    The Designated Difference

    The prestigious Appraisal Institute designations (MAI, SRA, AI-GRS and AI-RRS) are widely recognized credentials of distinction among those who dominate the valuation profession.

    Why achieve an AI designation? Here are some reasons why:

    • Communicates to employers, clients and peers you have achieved the highest levels of expertise and competency in real estate valuation.
    • Opens doors in the appraisal profession for elevated career prospects as only 8% of valuation professionals in the United States hold an AI designation.
    • Demonstrates your commitment to professionalism, integrity and high standards of excellence in the valuation industry.
    • Expands your income opportunities as Designated Members historically earn substantially more than non-designated valuation professionals.
    • Attests to your professional discipline as obtaining an AI designation is considered one of the most rigorous pursuits in the valuation world.
    • Distinguishes you as a leader in the field committed to ongoing learning and professional development.
    • Provides you with up-to-date information, knowledge, and resources to ensure accurate, reliable and impartial valuation of some of the most complex appraisal work.

    Invest in your future today by earning an AI designation. Candidates receive personal support from AI Candidate mentors and staff in completing their designation journey!

    Have you completed the prerequisites for the MAI, SRA, AI-GRS or AI-RRS? Join as a Candidate!

    Do you still need to complete the prerequisites? Join as a Practicing Affiliate!

    Click on the links below to learn more about requirements and create a prerequisite checklist!

    MAI Requirements

    The MAI membership designation is held by professionals who provide a range of services for all types of real property.

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    SRA Requirements

    The SRA membership designation is held by professionals who provide a range of services in the valuation of residential properties.

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    AI-GRS Requirements

    The AI-GRS membership designation is held by professionals who provide a range of services in all types of commercial real property appraisal review.

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    AI-RRS Requirements

    The AI-RRS membership designation is held by professionals who provide a range of services in residential real property appraisal review.

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    Pursuing an AI Designation

    Members tell us about their journeys.

    Nora Derian, MAI
    Nora Derian, MAI
    Brendan Wewer, MAI
    Brendan Wewer, MAI
    Ashley Carrillo, AI-GRS
    Ashley Carrillo, AI-GRS
    Woody Fincham, SRA, AI-RRS
    Woody Fincham, SRA, AI-RRS
    Nora Derian, MAI
    Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
    MAI Designated Member since 2023 | Candidate since 2022 | Practicing Affiliate since 2020

    I joined as a Practicing Affiliate at the start of my appraisal journey. Immediately, I was impressed with the plethora of resources that were offered and found myself wanting to pursue higher levels of involvement with the AI. I viewed the MAI designation as an opportunity to further my knowledge of the practice, build credibility for myself within the field, and create a path for career advancement.

    After receiving the MAI designation, I can confirm that all of those opportunities are real! Most importantly, the people I met through the classes and other AI events have become friends who I can exchange ideas with as we concurrently grow in our industry.

    Brendan Wewer, MAI
    Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
    MAI Designated Member since 2023 | Candidate Member since 2021 | Practicing Affiliate since 2020 | Student Affiliate since 2019

    In February 2020, I began my journey towards the MAI designation as a Student Affiliate, eager to connect with industry professionals and learn from experienced educators. Through active involvement in my local chapter and attending in-person courses, I gained valuable knowledge and forged meaningful relationships with lifelong mentors.

    My pursuit of the MAI designation has been transformative, constantly pushing my personal and professional growth. It has opened doors to career opportunities I never knew existed. The Appraisal Institute is a community filled with educators and professionals who genuinely care for each other's success.

    I am thrilled to continue supporting and mentoring the next generation of AI members, inspired by the guidance and encouragement I have received along my journey. Achieving the MAI designation has been challenging yet incredibly rewarding, shaping me into the appraiser I am today.

    Ashley Carrillo, AI-GRS
    San Antonio, Texas
    AI-GRS Designated Member since 2023 | Candidate for Designation since 2007

    Obtaining the AI-GRS designation has been a truly rewarding journey. I decided to pursue this designation to enhance my expertise in the field and stay at the forefront of the rapidly evolving real estate appraisal industry. The rigorous coursework, comprehensive exams, and continuous learning opportunities not only enriched my knowledge but also boosted my confidence as a professional appraisal reviewer.

    Since achieving my AI-GRS designation, I have seen a remarkable impact on my career. Clients trust my appraisal reviews more, and I have gained access to a broader network of peers and industry experts. The designation has elevated my professional credibility and opened doors to exciting new opportunities, making it a pivotal milestone in my career as a Review Appraiser.

    Woody Fincham, SRA, AI-RRS
    Palmyra, Virginia
    SRA Designated Member since 2011 | AI-RRS Designated Member since 2015

    Hiring managers, whether seeking appraisers for employment or for individual fee assignments, know what it takes to receive the SRA designation. On three separate occasions, my SRA has earned me a position because the hiring manager thought it was a bonus. I get many assignments a year because the client wants someone with the SRA designation. I get referrals every year from MAI designated colleagues as well. I've heard many non-designated appraisers question whether achieving the SRA designation would help them professionally. For appraisers who want to work in non-lending spaces, I know from experience that the designation does wonders. I work for several lenders who give my designation consideration over other non-designated appraisers they work with. This is especially true with complex assignments.

    Being included on the green home certification study is an example of something that I often say to classes or at conferences when discussing the importance of the SRA designation: "You are not aware of the work out there that is being offered only to SRA designees. Certain clients want this level of professionalism and are willing to pay for it. It is not only financially rewarding work, but also often intellectually interesting work that requires the skill set receiving my SRA helped to develop."

    Candidate Fees Explained

    Annual dues for a Candidate for Designation are $515.

    Candidates are also required to pay fees for requirements like comprehensive exam(s), experience submissions, demonstration of knowledge and the designation application.

    Learn More About Fees for Candidates

    Designated Membership Dues

    Once you achieve a designation, you must pay annual dues to maintain designated membership and access AI benefits.

    These dues vary based on your designation and chapter/region affiliation.

    See Dues Breakdown for Designated Membership
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