Education
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 in 2020 - 2021

  •  ARM 201 - 204 Courses in Houston!  ARM 201 Date Pending in December, 2020.  Special ARM 204 online class January 7-9, 2021. For more information scroll to bottom and click on ARM Courses.

  • ASA Expert Witness Workshop & Mock Trial was held on September 17, 2020 in conjunction with FEWA Annual Conference in Houston. Recordings of the day long event are now available.

  • USPAP 15 HOUR COURSE & 7 HOUR UPDATE will be held January 14, 15, and 16, 2021.

  • On May 12, 2021 the Houston Energy Valuation Conference will be held ONLINE ONLY with live webcast provided by Business Valuation Resources

  • The November 5, 2020 webinar: Panel Discussion on New ASA Governance is now available, free on demand.

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Ask Questions on Advancement & Mentoring

Appraisers are encouraged to ask questions about advancement to AM or ASA or about available mentoring resources. Questions will be forwarded to the appropriate Discipline Chair and answered directly.
  • Indicate one of the following: Member, Candidate, AM, ASA, Not a member but interested
  • Indicate your area of appraisal practice and/or speciality

ARM 201 and 204 now 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 Application and Report Writing Courses are held annually in Houston around November and January. 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 for the discipline-specific ARM designation. Course content includes applications and 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 course demonstrates 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.

AR204 will be offered online on January 7-9, 2021, for the low price of $800. Scroll down to register! This is a 'hands-on' report writing class. Attendees review the concepts learned in ARM201 and then directly apply them to reports from various areas of practice. Attendees will conclude the class with 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 the course activities. **Prerequisite: AR201 successful completion.
 
ARM 201 may be offered online in December, depending on minimum enrollment.  This course will be virtual in Zoom Meeting format. If you are interested in taking ARM 201 contact  Melanie Modica at melanie@modicafineart.com (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.  A 2020-21 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 appraisers.org for more details.
 
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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.

CHECK OUT ASA's ARM E-JOURNAL

** REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT BELOW**

Every year in January we offer the USPAP Update Course for a low chapter subsidized price to Houston Chapter members.  This year the fee is $100 only, which covers the course materials. This fee includes both the digital Student Manual and the electronic version of USPAP.  Register prior to January 5, 2021, to qualify for the chapter member price. 

This year, we are adding an incredibly low-price option for non-Houston chapter ASA members who take the course online. Tentative dates are January 14-16, 2021. The classes will be held in live webinar format and limited capacity in-person classrooms.

Registration will open December 1, 2020 and end on January 5, 2021. Watch this space for more details or email Georgie Stillman, ASA at georgiestillman1@comcast.net

These courses will take place January 14, 15, and 16 and will include both the 7-Hour Update and 15- hour courses.

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) may download a grant application found at the bottom of ASA’s Educational Foundation website page: www.appraisers.org/About/educational-foundation Merely print, sign and email the completed application, three years of your tax returns, and your financial statement to Blake Runckel: brunckel@corpval.com 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.

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