Becoming A Member

Interested in becoming a member of CNAREA? Here are the initial steps to get you started:

You will need to know which membership designation you are applying for. You will be applying for one of the following: Candidate Member (CM), Candidate Member Non-Fee (CM Non-Fee), Associate Member (AM), or Designated Appraiser Residential (DAR). You can find the description of these membership designations in our Bylaws section (Article 6  – Membership Designations; Section 6-1), which can be found here: CNAREA BylawsYou will be expected to have an understanding and abide by all of our Bylaws as a member. 

In order to become a Candidate Member you must find a Supervisor first.  You are responsible for researching and contacting the members, who hold the Certified Reviewer designation, to inquire about being their Candidate. For your convenience, please use our Search Tool to search members in and around your area. A supervisor must be a member of CNAREA and hold the Certified Appraisal Reviewer Designation. You may also check our Job Posting section for potential job openings.

If you are applying to be a Candidate Non – Fee member, you will be expected to obtain a Supervisor in the duration of you being a member. All CM Non – Fee members are expected to advance to a Candidate member and ultimately to a Designated Appraiser Residential (DAR). You cannot progress to the DAR designation until you have two years experience (full time) writing reports as a Candidate with a Supervisor, and have the required courses completed.

All applications for membership are submitted here; New Appraiser Application, which goes to the Membership and Admissions Committee. Each application is reviewed with regard to education and experience. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, hold a high school diploma (must provide confirmation of last education obtained), and not have a criminal record (these documents are required to be submitted with your online application). If we have any questions for you, we will contact you directly. We process applications in the order we receive them and do our best to respond as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience during this process.

Once you have been contacted regarding approval of your application, you will be invoiced for the membership fee of $900 (plus tax). This invoice will be due upon receipt. The membership fee is renewed annually, no later than May 31st. Once your invoice is paid, log in credentials will be created for you to access our website portal where you will be able to order courses and renew membership fees when they become due. You cannot gain access to our courses if you are not a member.

All new members must complete course CNA102 Introduction to Appraisal Standards within 30 days of becoming a member.  Once you complete this course (which includes 3 tests and has one final exam) within the 30 days, and pass with no less than 70%, you will be mailed a Welcome Package which includes your membership certificate. After passing CNA102,  you will be able to proceed with completing the next courses. A full list of courses that are required to be completed within specific time lines can be found here: Education Requirements for DAR.

After passing CNA102, we will make a request to our insurance provider, who will email you with a link to apply for and purchase insurance coverage. All CM’s and DAR’s require insurance coverage. If you wish to find an alternative insurance provider, you must provide proof of insurance to us to remain a Member in Good Standing.

If at the end of this page, you still have questions about the process of becoming a member, please visit our FAQ page. 

If you still have question about the process of becoming a member, after reading through our website, you many also call toll free 888-399-3366 Ext 3.