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The Appraisal Institute has varying levels of membership or affiliation depending on your wants and needs. Read more below to find out which level is best for you.


The MAI, SRPA, SRA, AI-GRS, and AI-RRS designations represent the advanced knowledge of experienced appraisers. They stand for years of proven, real-life real estate valuation experience. And they mean a commitment to strict professional ethics and standards. These designations distinguish Appraisal Institute and Northern California Chapter members as leaders within our profession and trusted individuals in the real estate industry.

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Candidates for Designation

Candidates for Designation are individuals seeking Appraisal Institute Designated membership.

Category for: Certified Real Property Appraisers, Tax Assessors, Appraisal Reviewers, Approved Master’s Degree Program enrollees or graduates, those who hold approved designations with other organizations (AACI/CRA, CCIM, CIS HypZert (F), LREA, CAE/IAAO, RES, IFA, ARM, RPRA), Faculty, etc.

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Practicing Affiliate

Practicing Affiliates are individuals interested in affiliation with the Appraisal Institute but may not be ready to pursue designated membership. Open to all valuers of real property including those seeking licensure or certification.

Our recommended category for Licensed or Certified Residential Real Property Appraisers looking to expand their practice beyond the mortgage industry. Let AI help you expand your practice!

Category for: Certified Real Property Appraisers, Licensed Appraisers, Trainee/Registered/Provisional appraisers, Appraisal Reviewers, Tax Assessors, or anyone who is considered a valuer of real property. This could include Consultants, Analysts, Financial Advisors, Realty Officers, Real Estate Evaluators, University Faculty, Researchers, Appraisal Data Technicians, those who are valuers but are not required to be licensed at the state level.

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Affiliates are those interested in real property valuation who do not value real property.

Category for: Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants, Consultants, Developers, Financial Planners, Government Officials, Investors, Real Estate Brokers, Real Estate Sales, Researchers, Vendors, or those interested in property economics but who do not provide service(s) as a valuer.

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Student Affiliate

Student Affiliates are college and university students enrolled in college or university curriculum.