Residential Valuation Professionals
Join a community of respected professionals who achieved this prestigious designation.
The Appraisal Institute SRA Designation holds weight in our profession because of our rigorous designation requirements.
Eligibility for the Residential Candidate for Designation Program
First, the prerequisites.
You don’t need to be affiliated with AI to begin your journey, though we recommend you join as a Practicing Affiliate to take advantage of education discounts and other benefits.
- Be a Certified Real Property Appraiser (or equivalent)
- Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher (if not a certified real property appraiser)
- Provide proof of Standards course (i.e., USPAP, IVS)
- Complete AI Business Practices and Ethics
- Complete the Residential Elective requirement
- Take and pass Advanced Residential Application and Case Studies/Part 1*
*Pair and Pass Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies/Part 1 (course/exam) with Advanced Residential Report Writing/Part 2 (course/exam) to also satisfy the Residential Demonstration of Knowledge requirement (below).
Once you’ve met these prerequisites, you’re ready to enter the Residential Candidate for Designation program working towards SRA Designated membership.
Achieving the SRA Designation
Designated membership is in your reach!
Now, the requirements.
As a Candidate for Designation, you’ll need to complete the following requirements within four years to achieve your designation.
- Pass the Residential Comprehensive Exam.
View the full details in the Comprehensive Exam Guidebook.
- Complete the Residential Demonstration of Knowledge.
View the full details in our Official Guide to the Demonstration of Knowledge Requirement: Residential.
- Complete 3,000 hours of residential experience.
View the full details in the Experience Credit Candidate Guidebook.
- Submit your SRA Designated membership application.
The first step in your journey is to create your personal interactive prerequisite checklist.
Although affiliation is not required to complete prerequisites, we encourage you to join AI as a Practicing Affiliate to take advantage of up to a 30% discount on educational offerings and additional benefits.
We’re here to help! Our team of specialists will guide your progress from Practicing Affiliate to Candidate to Designated membership.
As a Candidate for Designation, you’re required to complete the program requirements within four years from the date of your admission to candidacy.
If you can’t meet the deadline, you can request a new four-year timeline. If you’re no longer eligible to request a new time period, you can maintain your affiliation as a Practicing Affiliate.
Candidate Policy Manual
All the information you need, compiled into one document.
Review the full program requirements, alternative paths and additional resources in our Candidate for Designation Policy Manual.
We have scholarships to help you achieve your goals.
See if you’re eligible for a scholarship offered by the Appraisal Institute Education and Relief Foundation.
Are you undecided about pursuing a designation?
Take one of our designation courses to elevate your knowledge. You don't have to be a Candidate to work on prerequisite requirements.