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Education / Events

  • Dates, locations & instructors are subject to change.
  • Interested attendees are encouraged to register early as we reserve the right to cancel any program due to low attendance.
  • For information on the new AQB (Appraiser Qualifications Board) Requirements that went into effect on January 1, 2008 visit www.appraisalfoundation.org.
January 2020
NEW! Seminar: The Cost Approach - Unnecessary or Vital to a Healthy Practice
Location: Springhill Suites San Diego Downtown, San Diego

Instructor: Craig Steinley, SRA, AI-RRS

Looking for ways to strengthen your appraisal practice?

How often have you have heard residential appraisers don’t need the cost approach to obtain credible assignment results? Participants in the secondary market often suggest this, and it’s even highlighted in the Fannie Mae Selling Guide that the cost approach is only required for the valuing manufactured homes. Unfortunately, not understanding the cost approach limits your ability to properly support adjustments in the sales comparison approach, understand trends in market conditions that are often driven by building costs, and recognize and quantify the forms of depreciation that can affect residential improvements. By better understanding the 8 important steps in the cost approach, you can rely on its indications whether you have little data, confusing data, or lots of data. Presentations and case studies will help you better understand the key connection between proficiency with the cost approach and your ability to support your adjustments in the sales comparison approach. This much needed seminar will show you that the cost approach truly is relevant!

This offering is jointly sponsored by the Appraisal Institute's Region I and Region VII.  For questions or more information contact Tina Anderson at 702/838-8489 or tina@ainevada.org.


Course: National USPAP Update (7-Hour) - SOLD OUT
Location: Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Lafayette

SOLD OUT [Our next offering of the 7-Hour Update will be held in May 2020.]

This offering will be based on the recently released 2020-21 version of USPAP.

This one-day update course, copyrighted by The Appraisal Foundation, focuses on recent changes to USPAP requirements for ethical behavior and competent performance by appraisers. The course, which clarifies several commonly misunderstood aspects of USPAP, will aid participants in all areas of appraisal practice seeking updated competency in USPAP, including those subject to state licensing or certification and continuing education requirements imposed by professional organizations, client groups, or employers.

NOTE: Appraisers must successfully complete the 7-hour USPAP Update Course every two years to meet the USPAP continuing education requirement.

Participants can take the 15-hour USPAP course, but it will only count for hours toward his or her state's continuing education requirement; the 15-hour program will not meet the USPAP continuing education requirement.

Click here to order your copy of 2020-21 USPAP directly from The Appraisal Foundation; this publication is not included with the tuition fee.

NEW!  Effective 10/01/19 tuition rate listed below includes the downloadable course handbook materials.  Additional fee(s) apply for those who want the printed course handbook pre-shipped.  Shipping fee determined at time of online checkout.

Course: Quantitative Analysis
3 - 7
Location: Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Lafayette

Instructor: Gary DeWeese, MAI

"You'll be amazed at what you will learn, even if you are a seasoned appraiser!"

This course focuses on the practical application of quantitative tools for analyzing data, drawing appropriate conclusions from data sets, and presenting both the analysis and conclusions in ways that enhance communication with appraisal clients. It reviews and furthers the application of basic statistical measures (mean, median, mode, standard deviation, etc.) and spends a good deal of time on graphical and regression analysis.

Central goals of the course include showing participants how to understand the reliability and validity of data used to draw conclusions, providing the knowledge needed to support the conclusions others may draw from the same or similar datasets. Presentation and activities make extensive use of real-world appraisal applications and are aimed at furthering an appraiser’s ability to provide credible analysis of real property-related issues.

Please review the FAQs for important information regarding registration; mandatory diagnostic test; online session; and course equivalencies. Click here.

Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Practicing Affiliates - $900
Standard / Non-Appraisal Institute $1,200

NEW!  Effective 10/01/19 tuition rate includes the downloadable course handbook materials.  Additional fee(s) apply for those who want a printed course handbook pre-shipped.  Add $35 for the printed material; shipping fee is determined at time of online checkout. 

Central California Branch Chapter - Workshop & "Simply Social"
Location: Toledo's at Mission Village, Fresno

Independent Contractors and Rent Control

Join us for a 2-hour dual-topic presentation on two timely issues that will have a significant impact on all appraisers regardless of speciality or license level.  Get in front of the curve and be prepared for 2020!

Are the days of the being an Independent Contractor coming to an end for appraisers (AB 5)?

  • Engaging an appraiser as an independent contractor has been business as usual in our profession since the beginning.  A recent court case (Dynamex) resulted in the creation of a new state law that creates a higher standard for qualifying as an independent contractor.  This new law can impact any appraiser who works as or engages others as independent contractors.  Don't miss what a specialist in employment and labor laws has to say!

Rent Control to go Statewide (AB 1482)

  • You’ll want the details on the New State Rent Control Law that can have an impact on rental properties ranging from Single Family Residences and Condominiums through multi-unit apartment buildings. 

Presenters include
Susan Hatmaker, Attorney, Hatmaker Law Group
Denis DeSaix, MAI, SRA, Metrocal Appraisal

Following the workshop, don't rush into traffic!  Hang out and enjoy appetizers (hearty enough for a meal!) and no-host beverages and mix and mingle with your peers and discuss the issues that affect you the professional real estate appraiser!

BEST VALUE RATE:  Save up to $20 - Register by 1/30
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $25
Standard / Non-Appraisal Institute - $35

Register after 1/30

Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $35
Standard / Non-Appraisal Institute - $45

New Appraisal Professionals "Simply Social"
Location: Calicraft Brewing Company (in Shadelands), Walnut Creek

Are you an appraisal trainee, a recently designated member or consider yourself a young appraisal professional looking for a networking event geared specifically for you?  Well, you just found it!

Plan to meet up with us in Walnut Creek at Calicraft Brewing Company, 2700 Mitchell Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 (in Shadelands) for no-host beverages and appetizers starting at 5:00pm!  Can't get there by 5:00pm? No worries, just show up when you can.  We will hang out until whenever . . .

All are welcome to this new, fun, welcoming, casual, no pressure social event!  You get the picture - it's informal.

Questions?  Contact Matt Atwood