The Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA) is a professional accrediting organization providing certification of personal property appraisers. The Guild has been instrumental in helping to standardize the personal property appraisal profession. The members of the Certified Appraisers Guild form a network of valuable appraiser contacts throughout the United States and Canada.
The Missouri Auction School established the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA). Founded in 1905, the Missouri Auction School has trained auctioneers in general appraisal principles. For over a century, it has provided personal property appraisal training as part of its curriculum. It has been recognized world- wide for its quality training programs by such organizations as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, the Times of London, England and ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC news.
Each member is required to attend professional training and pass a comprehensive exam before becoming certified. No one is allowed to be a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America without completing the certification program. There are no 'grandfathered' or 'associate' members that have not completed the training and exam. Each member has completed the course work required to be certified by the Guild.
The training each member is required to complete, includes the uniform standards of personal property appraisal practice and appraisal report writing. Special areas of emphasis in training include Internal Revenue Service appraisal requirements, estate and gift appraisals, charitable donation appraisals, bankruptcy appraisals, insurance appraisals, appraisals for divorce, and casualty loss appraisals. Also presented is the CAGA courtroom expert witness seminar.
The Certified Appraisers Guild of America confers the professional membership designation CAGA to recognize the completion of the appraiser's certification education. Members are professionals who have completed the certification process. In addition, the members have made a commitment to the Certified Appraisers Guild's Code of Professional Ethics and to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.
What We Are Not!
We do not appraise home, land or buildings. Personal Property Appraisers differ from Real Estate Property Appraisers. Personal Property Appraisers assign value to anything that can be picked up and moved.