What Is a GAA Designation, and Who Is It For?

The General Accredited Appraiser (GAA) designation is for State General Appraisers. Earning it shows that you have completed appraisal education above and beyond that required for qualification as a general appraiser.

Benefits of Becoming a GAA

  • Earning the designation lets your clients know that you are committed to excellence in your field

How to Earn the GAA Designation


  • Complete 60 hours of tested course work in addition to the Appraiser Qualification Board's education requirement at the time of certification.

Work Experience

  • You must have a minimum of 1000 hours of appraisal work experience beyond state certification requirements.

Professional Affiliation

  • Member in good standing of the National Association of REALTORS® or one of its Affiliates:
    • Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
    • Commercial Real Estate Institute (CCIM)
    • REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI)
    • Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® (SIOR)
    • Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)
  • Hold a current state general appraiser license

Interested in becoming a licensed appraiser? Become an appraiser.

Already a member of an appraisal group? You may be qualified for the Fast Track Option to earning this designation.



  • Application fee
    • $100
  • Annual dues
    • $125

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