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Membership or Affiliation in the Wyoming Chapter of the Appraisal Institute is available in three categories:

Designated Members
Candidate for Designation
Practicing Affiliate

Affiliate Membership - These are individuals interested in alliance with the Appraisal Institute, but are not doing any work covered under USPAP or Appraisal Institute standards. They include bankers, attorneys, students, government officials, educators, brokers, researchers, university officials, developers, lenders, etc. Existing affiliate members can stay affiliates, but new appraiser-members must join as associates.

Associate Membership - These are any appraisers who are or are not actively pursuing a professional designation. Anyone who does any work covered under USPAP or Appraisal Institute standards will join as an associate member. In the State of Wyoming, these would be State Certified Appraisers, either residential or general, and appraiser trainees.

If you are interested in furthering your career in the appraisal profession, whether in commercial or residential appraising, we encourage you to join as an associate member of the Appraisal Institute and attain an MAI or an SRA designation. However, some associate members may wish not to pursue designation, and will be "lifetime associates." No matter how long you have been in the appraisal profession, you will find that the Appraisal Institute programs will help sharpen your appraisal skills and increase your knowledge of this specialized profession. Likewise, the camaraderie you will develop with fellow professionals is invaluable.

As an associate member of the Appraisal Institute, you demonstrate to your clients that you are educating yourself beyond the level necessary for State Certification.

Designated Membership - Only the appraisers who have met the most rigorous requirements are awarded the MAI or the SRA designation in the Appraisal Institute. These requirements go well beyond what is required for a State Certified Appraiser. If you are interested in a career in commercial appraising, you are invited to complete MAI designation requirements. If you are interested in a career in residential appraising, you are invited to complete SRA designation requirements. There are many benefits and opportunities available to professionally designated appraisers in the Appraisal Institute as it represents the pinnacle of credential in the appraisal field.

Briefly, both SRA and MAI designations require one to:

  • Be a State Certified Appraiser,
  • Have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university,
  • Complete a series of both basic and advanced level courses,
  • Complete a series of standards of professional practice courses,
  • Submit experience credits for peer level review,
  • Write a demonstration appraisal report, and
  • Take and pass a comprehensive examination.

For more information on becoming a member of the Appraisal Institute, please contact Lynnsey Lyden, Executive Director at (402) 933-4040 or e-mail harnessappraisal1@gmail.com. Information is also available from our National Office at (312) 335-4174.

Both National and Local dues apply. Wyoming Chapter dues are $35.00 per year for all members. National dues vary between $400.00 and $800.00 per year and are different for each membership category, please refer to the national website.