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
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.
The November 5, 2020 webinar: Panel Discussion on New ASA Governance is now available, free on demand.
ARM 201 and 204 now online!
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 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.
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 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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.