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 lunch meetings allow members to network while providing quality presentations in various disciplines.

Educational Highlights in 2020 - 2021 will include:

  •  ARM 201 - 204 Courses in Houston!  ARM 201 November 12-14, 2020, followed by ARM 204 in February 2021. For more information scroll down and click on ARM Courses.

  • ASA Expert Witness Workshop & Mock Trial September 17, 2020 held in conjunction with FEWA Annual Conference in Houston,September 18, 19, 2020. Virtual online option 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 "in person" with webcast provided by Business Valuation Resources

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Advancement & Mentoring Questions

Appraisers are encouraged to ask questions about advancement to AM or ASA or about available mentoring resources.
  • 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 in Houston!

—have you been interested in offering APPRAISAL REVIEW services to your clients?
—are you already offering review services but not according to ASA methodology?

The Comprehensive Appraisal Review and Management Application and Report Writing Courses are held annually in Houston around November and February. 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 - applicable to all disciplines!

The ARM 204 course focuses 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 will 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.

This is a 'hands-on' report writing class. Attendees will 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 will be offered November 12-14, 2020. Scroll down to register!  Registration will be open in September 2020. We are planning to make this course available in person and online. Check back here for further information or contact  Melanie Modica at (713-306-7966 office) for more information. 
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 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.



USPAP  7 Hour Update Courses

The Houston Chapter of the ASA is sponsoring local USPAP 2020-2021 Courses in January 2020. This is a great way to attend the required course locally. 


 7 hour Real Property USPAP update course without exam:  Saturday, Jan 11, 2020, 8:30 - 4:30.  Held in Flex West conference room

7 hour Personal Property USPAP update course without exam: Friday, Jan 10, 2020, 8:30 - 4:30.  Held in Flex East conference room


Motiva Enterprises LLC
One Allen Center, 500 Dallas St, 3rd Floor, Flex West and Flex East Conference Rooms,
Houston, TX 7700

Check-in on the 2nd floor with the Motiva receptionist behind the security desk at the top of the escalators



The 2020-21 USPAP book is required to attend either course. Outdated versions will not be accepted and refunds will not be granted if attendees have no USPAP, either in paper book or electronic format. An electronic version of the 2018-19 USPAP Book will be available prior to the courses, at The Appraisal Foundation. An E book is also available to ASA members at HQ website:


Special Price for Members of the ASA Houston Chapter:  7 hour - $ 50, includes student manual only

Non-members of ASA Houston Chapter:  7 hour - $240, includes student manual and copy of USPAP


Members, when registering, be sure to scroll down to the correct fee in the USPAP Registration box.
Members must direct individual need inquiries, of personal requirements, with their appropriate designation specialist at ASA.

Deadlines Jan 8, 2020
Instructors  Venessa Hendrickson (RP); Joshua Wood (PP)
Questions Walt Turville at or Georgie Stillman

USPAP Registration- Personal Property
USPAP Registration - Real Property
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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: Merely print, sign and email the completed application, three years of your tax returns, and your financial statement to: 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.

ITS EASY TO DONATE CASH: For those who have made a little extra $$ this year - please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the ASAEF-Houston Chapter Fund. A red line for online donations of cash (in $25 increments) is at the bottom of ASA’s Educational Foundation website page: REMEMBER TO ADD A MEMO: FOR HOUSTON CHAPTER FUND so it gets to us! You may also mail a check payable to ASAEF ℅ ASA Headquarters, 11107 Sunset Hills Road, Ste. 310, Reston, Virginia, 20190.

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