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The Designation Process

NAIFA's designation program was formed, in part, to provide assurance to clients that they are engaging a qualified, experienced, competent appraiser, an appraiser having up-to-date education and knowledge of the profession's standards.

The National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers, a founding member of The Appraisal Foundation, awards its designations to appraiser Members who have successfully met its rigorous requirements. NAIFA offers four designation types (click on any designation to see its requirements):

Receiving your designation is a multi-step process. Each designation type follows the same basic steps:

  1. Become an Associate Appraiser member, if not already one, and submit your typed Experience Rating Form (ERF). Handwritten ERFs will not be accepted. Your ERF must include one signature from either an NAIFA chapter officer, an NAIFA state officer, or an NAIFA national officer. It is your responsibility to attain the signature. Send your completed ERF with the appropriate signature to Meredith McCann at meredith_mccann@naifa.com.

  2. When we receive your completed ERF, we will send it to the Admissions Committee for approval. The Committee may approve it right away or they may request additional information. If additional information is requested, we will send you an e-mail informing you of the Committee's request. If your ERF is approved without any additional information required, we will send you an e-mail letting you know. We will also include the demonstration report checklist and the guides for the two types of Demonstration Reports we accept: expanded form and narrative.

  3. Once your ERF is approved, you will have two years to complete your Demonstration Report, which can be either a narrative report or an expanded form report. If you request a mentor at this step, we will work to find you one. However, due to demand, at times a volunteer mentor is not available.

  4. When your Demonstration Report is complete, submit a PDF copy to Meredith McCann at meredith_mccann@naifa.com – hard copies will not be accepted – and a payment of $250 to cover the requisite fees. If you are already designated and are receiving an additional designation, you are only required to pay the $150 grading fee.

  5. A grader will be assigned to your Demonstration Report and he or she will have one month to grade the report. If you receive a passing grade, we will notify you via e-mail that day, your membership will be changed to the appropriate designation type, and we will send your designation packet, which includes the designation certificate and designation pin.

If you do not receive a passing grade, we will notify you via e-mail and return your grading sheet, which will indicate changes you need to make to your Demonstration Report to receive a passing grade. Once you have made these changes, you can resubmit your Demonstration Report to Meredith McCann at meredith_mccann@naifa.com. The same grader will grade your revised report. Once your Demonstration Report receives a passing grade, we will notify you via e-mail that day, your membership will be changed to the appropriate designation type, and we will send your designation packet, which includes the designation certificate and designation pin.


If your NAIFA designation has been lapsed for more than one year
, the Admissions Committee must approve your reinstatement. To apply to have your designation reinstated, please complete the designation reinstatement form and send to Meredith McCann at meredith_mccann@naifa.com. All sections of the form are required and it must be typed. Forms that are not typed will be returned.


NAIFA Accelerated Designation Program

NAIFA has designation reciprocity agreements with all the original sponsors of The Appraisal Foundation. If you are already a designated member of one of these organizations, you qualify for our Accelerated Designation Program (ADP):
  • American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
  • American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA)
  • Appraisal Institute (AI)
  • International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO)
  • International Right of Way Association (IRWA)

NAIFA also maintains designation reciprocity agreements with the Canadian National Association of Real Estate Appraisers (CNAREA) and the Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers (MBREA).

If you are an NAIFA member and would like to apply for an accelerated designation, please send the following items to Meredith McCann at meredith_mccann@naifa.com:

  • a completed Current Member ADP Application
  • a copy of your original designation certificate
  • a letter from your organization stating you are a designated member in good standing

If you are not an NAIFA member and would like to apply for an accelerated designation, please send the following items to Meredith McCann at meredith_mccann@naifa.com:

  • a completed NAIFA membership application
  • a copy of your original designation certificate
  • a letter from your organization stating you are a designated member in good standing

Benefits of earning your Designation

Click here to learn the benefits of becoming a designated member.

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