Since there are no federal or state requirements for personal property appraisers, an appraiser's membership in an appraising organization of their peers is critical.
Caution should exercised as different appraising organizations have different levels of membership, many of which do not recognize the member's qualifications to appraise. It can be confusing since there is no standard system that applies to all organizations. Be sure to ask your prospective appraiser if their appraising organization recognizes them as an appraiser.
Our general appraisers have completed 256 hours of product knowledge classes including antique and collectible furniture, antique and collectible pottery, antique and collectible glass, antique and collectible metals, antique and collectible jewelry, Asian collectibles, primitives and an appraisal theory class.
Our gemology appraisers have completed the required gemology classes at Santiago Canyon College, a federally accredited educational institution. These appraisers receive the designation CG, SCC. The designation "CG" is used with the permission of the American Gem Society.
As members of our organization, our estate sellers, auctioneers, dealers, and other professionals agree to our code of ethics and professionalism as outlined in the "About Us" page of this web site. Additionally, many of our associates have taken all of the product courses required by our appraisers, but have chosen business paths other than appraising.
All of our appraisers are required to take the U.S.P.A.P class (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) to qualify for membership as appraisers. We also require continuing education for our appraisers.
Most of our professionals serve Southern California in the following counties: Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Orange County, Riverside county, and San Bernardino County. We also have a member in Great Falls, Montana.
Be sure to check the directory for a professional near you.