NIA Credentials

National Institute of Appraisers (NIA), which has been providing appraisal services for over twenty years, is a highly selective membership organization of the nation's leading appraisers of fine art. Its nationally respected membership specializes in paintings, drawings, photographs, graphics and sculpture from antiquity through contemporary works of art.

Candidates for NIA certification must fulfill all the following criteria:

  1. Academic credentials in personal property evaluation.
  2. A specialization in fine art.
  3. 5 years apprenticeship and practical experience.
  4. Written and oral examination.
  5. Senior membership affiliation with other recognized appraisal associations may be acceptable.

Accepted candidates after certification, join the company as Independent Senior Appraisers carrying the designation Accredited Senior Appraiser and may use the designation NIA after their name.

Members are required to be tested and certified every 5 years, must attend ongoing insurance and art related educational workshops and seminars deemed essential to their expertise and professionalism. Membership is also open to museums, universities and art galleries where work interrelates with the appraisal profession. They may join as Associate Members, but may not participate in the formal appraisal process. 

NIA appraisers have conducted scores of lectures to museums, universities, galleries and insurance company executives. We have had numerous articles written about us in art and insurance publications and our members have authored many articles for the art and insurance industry.

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