Advancement Opportunities

Houston ASA Chapter Sponsored Education

The Houston Chapter provides many educational opportunities throughout the year. These events offer members a chance to hone their skills, learn best practices in their field, and take courses required for advancement and reaccreditation. The Chapter makes every effort to offer these events and courses to members at the lowest possible price. Additionally, monthly Chapter webinars provide quality presentations in various disciplines.

Educational Highlights Past and Future

  • USPAP UPDATE COURSES FREE FOR HOUSTON CHAPTER MEMBERS. Courses will be held again in 2023 (Dates TBA). 

  • The thirteenth annual award-winning HOUSTON ENERGY VALUATION CONFERENCE will be held in-person on May 11, 2023, at the Briar Club in Houston and virtually with an online live webcast. 

  • ARM POV Courses will be offered again in Houston.  Check back here for dates (TBD). For more information scroll to bottom and click on ARM Courses. To read the latest ARM Committee Journal click here.

  • If you would like to become involved in the chapter as a volunteer or board member, please contact Pamela Bensoussan at or fill out the form below to let us know.  Suggestions for meeting topics are always welcome. 

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Every year we offer USPAP update courses for free or for a low chapter-subsidized price for our Houston chapter members.   Classes are online and take place from 9 am to 5 pm, Central Time. Note: 

Courses are limited to 25 students each day.  Check back for dates and information on how to register.

ARM 201 through 204 online!

—have you been interested in offering APPRAISAL REVIEW services to your clients?
—are you already offering review services but not according to ASA methodology?
Comprehensive Appraisal Review and Management courses can be held on demand in Houston when 6 or more people request a class. ARM 201 and ARM 204 are the only required courses to apply for ARM designation. 
ARM classes are open to all ASA and non-ASA members and other professionals who could benefit from learning about Review and Management methodology and best practices. USPAP Standards 3 and 4 address Appraisal Review and Management and are applicable to all disciplines!
ARM courses focus on application and review report writing and assignment management. Course content includes  discussions on USPAP Standards Rules 3 and 4, report compliance, logical arguments, credible results, competency, scope of work, ethics, review report writing, management of multidiscipline appraisal assignments, and the management of appraisers, and more. The courses demonstrate the application of the appraisal review paradigm, methods of reviewing non-compliant reports, and record keeping requirements. Attendees work in teams and review appraisal reports in all disciplines.
AR201, AR203 and 204 are sponsored at reduced prices by the Houston Chapter.  ARM 204  is a 'hands-on' report writing class. Attendees review the concepts and standards learned in AR201 and then directly apply them to reports from various areas of practice. AR204 provides a working understanding of what an appraisal review report should include as well as exclude. This is the second and final POV course for the ARM discipline-specific designation. A laptop and 2 redacted reports for review are necessary for AR204. **Prerequisite: AR201 successful completion.
ARM 201, 203 and 204 can be scheduled on demand when 6 or more students desire to take the course. Contact course instructor Melanie Modica to make arrangements. (713-306-7966 office)
Details will be provided to attendees following course registration. Course materials will be emailed to attendees and printing of the Student Manual will be the responsibility of the attendees.  The current edition of USPAP is also required for each class day, in paper form or electronic. ARM 201 and 204 are required POV courses for obtaining the ARM accreditation. See ASA for more details.
Instructor: Melanie Modica is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of personal property, fine art, with the American Society of Appraisers. Additionally, she holds an Appraisal Review & Management (ARM) designation for reviewing personal property appraisal reports.

Melanie has been a contributor to the ASA ARM Principles of Valuation courses, 201 and 204, as well as an instructor and presenter. These courses are offered to members in all disciplines of ASA.

Melanie is a Past President of the Houston ASA Chapter, has served on the ASA International Personal Property Committee and was the Personal Property Chair for the ASA International Appraisers Conference, 2017, She is a member of ASA's International Arm Committee and was the first editor of the  the ARM E-Journal. 

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that includes post-baccalaureate studies in Management Administration & Supervision, and Art History. Her degree and studies led to an art education career in the Texas public school system.



HOUSTON CHAPTER - POV SCHOLARSHIP FUND: In conjunction with ASA International’s 501c3 Educational Foundation (“ASAEF”), the Houston Chapter has dedicated a scholarship fund for qualifying Houston Chapter applicants, candidates, and members to receive grants to pay for Principles of Valuation (POV) educational classes on a needs-basis.

GRANT APPLICATIONS: To apply for a grant, applicants in all disciplines (ARM, BV, GJ, PP, MTS, RE) visit the ASA’s Educational Foundation website page. Download, print, sign and email your completed application to Blake Runckel: . ASAEF will consider only needs-based applications, and administer the grants. This fund is intended for our chapter’s aspiring appraisers who may be in need of financial assistance. Please make sure you let the educational foundation grant administrator know that you are applying for Houston ASA Chapter scholarship funds which are dedicated to Houston Chapter members for multi-discipline POV courses.