Certified Appraisers Guild of America
#1 Trainer of Personal Property Appraisers in North America
With members in all 50 US states and 6 Canadian Provinces, the Certified Appraisers Guild of America is North America's # 1 trainer of personal property appraisers. On an annual basis, it trains more personal property appraisers than any other organization in North America.
The Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA) is a professional accrediting organization providing certification of personal property appraisers. The Guild has been instrumental in helping to standardize the personal property appraisal profession. The members of the Certified Appraisers Guild form a network of valuable appraiser contacts throughout the United States and Canada.
A Network of Certified Appraisers
A Long History
The Missouri Auction School established the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA). Founded in 1905, the Missouri Auction School has trained auctioneers in general appraisal principles. For over a century, it has provided personal property appraisal training as part of its curriculum. It has been recognized world wide for its quality training programs by such organizations as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, the Times of London, England and ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC news.
Each member is required to take professional training and pass a comprehensive exam before becoming certified. No one is allowed to be a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America without completing the certification program. There are no 'grandfathered' or 'associate' members that have not completed the training and exam. Each member has completed the course work required to be certified by the Guild.
The training each member is required to complete, includes the professional standards of personal property appraisal practice and appraisal report writing. Special areas of emphasis in training include Internal Revenue Service appraisal requirements, estate and gift appraisals, charitable donation appraisals, bankruptcy appraisals, insurance appraisals, appraisals for divorce, and casualty loss appraisals. Also presented during the two-day certification course is our courtroom expert witness seminar with special emphasis on appraisals for courts and testifying in court.
The Certified Appraisers Guild of America confers the professional membership designation 'CAGA' to recognize the completion of the appraiser's certification education. Members are professionals who have completed the certification process.
In addition, the members have made a commitment to the Certified Appraisers Guild's Code of Professional Ethics.
Earned Appraiser Certification