The Importance of Attending Live CE Classes
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The Best Decision You Will Make in 2020!
What was the one thing your parents answered your “Why” questions with that made you angry every time? You have probably said it to your own kids as well.
“Because I said so” would get you every time. You knew you were never going to win that argument, whatever it was about. VaCAP is not going to tell you “Because I Said So”. But we are going to explain to you why you should.
VaCAP, like most state coalitions, was formed as a nonprofit organization and is operated solely by volunteers. Every penny raised, donated or collected in annual dues goes back 100% to support our members and the appraisal profession. Keeping you informed with communication about issues that impact you and the appraisal profession are sent out regularly. Coalition volunteers attend the State Board Meetings reporting back on relevant issues.
There are currently 31 state appraisal organizations that have joined together to form the Network of State Appraiser Organizations; all working on your behalf. VaCAP and other State Coalition volunteers meet with State and Federal Legislators on issues impacting the appraisal profession, defending and lobbying for positive change in the profession. There is strength in numbers.
Being part of VaCAP or any state appraisal organization presents the opportunity to meet other great professional appraisers throughout the state and country. These are real people you will meet face to face and not just a name in an online group. Your peers are great resources to have for not only appraisal issues that you encounter, but who better to understand the day to day activities of an appraiser? Many friendships and referrals have already occurred. You are missing out if you are not involved.
Here is what one VaCAP member had to say about his experience:
With being a part of a larger state coalition like VaCAP, it allows an appraiser to lean on and receive guidance to the tough appraisal questions that will arise. Fellowship among like minded professionals is important today as it ever has been with all the new rules and requirements. This also ties into the reason it is important to attend live CE classes.“
Speaking of networking and live CE classes, VaCAP and many other coalitions offer continuing education. Online education is convenient, but is it the best use of your time and money? Will you really learn anything? Now be honest, how many of you have worked on an appraisal with an online class running in the background? Has anyone really walked away from an online class and thought it was money well spent? Isn’t the most beneficial part of any class the interaction with others; the questions; the experiences; the different perspectives? How many times have you ended an online class with a tip or suggestion you learned from another appraiser? It happens all the time in a live CE class. Isn’t USPAP compliance partially about what your peers would do? What better way to learn what your peers are doing; there simply is no comparison.
Here is what a newly licensed appraiser, who by the way saw the value of VaCAP membership since she was a trainee, had to say about live CE classes:
As one that is constantly taking classes being so new to the profession, it is SO nice to be able to be in a classroom from time to time to learn from others’ questions/experiences and be able to ask my own questions. I also find that live courses tend to be a lot more affordable too.
Take Standards 2-2 and 2-3 for example. Have you ever reviewed an appraisal and thought the certification was lacking or just wrong? Was the wrong preprinted form used with no correction or explanation? What about those bifurcated appraisals? Disclosing real property significant assistance by an appraiser is a requirement of the certification. Many property inspectors are considered an appraiser by definition per USPAP. How many appraisers have been disciplined by the State for noncompliance of Standards 2-2 and 2-3? You won’t find that information in any online class.
We cannot speak for other appraisal organizations, but VaCAP is stepping up and bringing in dynamic educators from around the county. George Dell and his famous Stats Graphs and Data Science Classes filled every seat in the room last year in Northern Virginia. Coming the first week of February 2020, Maureen Sweeney with a 7 hour USPAP Update class in Virginia Beach and in Abingdon.
Maureen’s passion, experience and love of the profession are second to none. Anyone that knows Maureen or has heard her speak, knows these classes are going to be awesome and you don’t want to miss them. VaCAP has applied for CE credit in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. If you wish to attend and you reside in another state, this class is an AQB approved mandatory class and your state may issue CE credit as well. Check with your state to be sure. VaCAP welcomes anyone who wishes to attend. See the upcoming class information on VaCAP’s website.
As we stated previously, VaCAP is 100% volunteer and 100% of the profit from all continuing education goes back to supporting the profession. The most beneficial part of participating in a live CE class is what you learn from other professional appraisers attending.
Now like we said in the beginning, we are not going to tell you “Because I said so”. However, we are going to tell you being involved and supporting VaCAP or your state coalition will be the best decision you will make in 2020.