All of the following requirements must be met to be eligible for the DAR Exam:

  1. Have worked in the field full time for two years as a Candidate member.
  2. Have completed all the mandatory courses (list here: DAR Education Requirements).
  3. Contact to advise which date you’d like to take the exam on (scheduled in the Events Calendar).
  4. An approval that you’re ready to take the exam, from your supervisor. Your supervisor can email us directly at
  5. Submit 2 reports (not yet reviewed by your supervisor) to to be reviewed for approval.
  6. Registration will close 30 days before the scheduled exam dates. This will allow us time to review and ensure you’ve met all the requirements to write the Exam.
  7. Pay invoice of $250.00 (plus tax). Invoice will be emailed to you through PayPal and shall be paid no later than 1 week before the scheduled exam date. **Invoice will be sent if approved to take the Exam.**

Exam Details

Exam dates will be scheduled on the 1st Thursday of the following months: February, May, September, December. They will be scheduled in the Events Calendar.

You will be required to join a Zoom session, a link will be emailed to you close to the Exam date. Working video and audio will be required and a financial calculator. We will be your Proctor.

There will be five (5) hours allotted to complete your DAR exam, which consists of a series of six (6) timed exams totaling four (4) hours. We allotted five (5) hours to allow for a break, if needed.

The Zoom session will start at 1PM EST. If you sign into the Zoom session after 1PM, this may reduce the amount of time you have left to complete the exam. It is advised to join the Zoom session and ensure you have proper access to the Exam up to 15-30 minutes ahead of time. You will be given verbal instructions in the Zoom session before you start the exam.

The six (6) exam topics and times are:

  1. USPAP (20 minutes)
  2. Case Studies (80 minutes)
  3. Sales Approach (30 minutes)
  4. Income Approach (20 minutes)
  5. Site Valuation & Cost Approach (30 minutes)
  6. General Principles (60 minutes)

The exam questions in each topic will be randomly generated each time a member writes/rewrites the exam.

Once you Begin an exam (each of the 6), a timer will start and you will only have that allotted time to complete it. So, if you need a break between exams, you would wait to click Begin Exam in the next topic. You can challenge each segment in any order you like, however once you begin an exam segment you must complete that segment.

Your exam grade will not be visible once you complete the exam. We will contact you as soon as we can with your grade and mail you a DAR certificate if you passed. You will be required to upgrade your insurance coverage to reflect your new designation before you can use it on a report.

If you have any questions, please let us know.