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

  • The twelfth award-winning HOUSTON ENERGY VALUATION CONFERENCE will be held in-person on May 12, 2022, at the Briar Club in Houston and virtually with an online live webcast. 

  • USPAP UPDATE COURSES WERE HELD ONLINE  in March, 2021. Next year's course dates TBD.

  • ARM POV Courses will be offered again in Houston during 2021.  Check back here for dates (TBD). For more information scroll to bottom and click on ARM Courses.

  • ASA Expert Witness Workshop & Mock Trial will take place November 5, 2021 in Houston.  Recordings of the day long 2020 event are available.

  • The November 5, 2020 webinar: Panel Discussion on New ASA Governance is  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! The exam will be given at the end of the 9th. 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 is scheduled for December 16-18 with the exam at the end of the 18th.  This course will be virtual in Zoom Meeting format. If you are interested in taking ARM 201 contact  Melanie Modica at (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 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.



Every year we offer the USPAP Update Courses for a low chapter subsidized price to Houston Chapter members.  This year the 7-hour update courses will be held online. The fee will include all the course materials and certificate. 

Due to the severe storm in Houston and resulting loss of power and internet services, the course dates have been postponed to the dates listed below.  

Registration is open. Both classes are online only. (The 15-hour class has been canceled.) Please use the links below. 

Link to 7-hour USPAP update course for RP - March 13, 2021

Link to 7-hour USPAP update course for PP - March 12, 2021.

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) download a grant application found at the bottom of ASA’s Educational Foundation website page: Print, sign and email the 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.