We should always strive to be better today than we were yesterday. We should decide what we want, set goals, and go for it. Obtaining the SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute has been a goal of mine for the past couple of years.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” William Jennings Bryan
In December, I was awarded the SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute. I have been asked many time since by family members and friends what exactly that means. Is it just more initials after your name? One said, “You don’t need more initials after your name because your name is long enough already.”
It is more than just initials after your name. SRA is not an acronym for anything specific although my wife and kids believe that it stands for “Someone Really Awesome” but they are a bit biased. The SRA designation is a distinction to set a person apart and to reward a higher standard of work. It is similar to the difference between an accountant and a CPA. The principle differences are education, experience, and ethics.
The following is from the Appraisal Institute:
"SRA Designated appraisers are uniquely qualified by the rigorous education and experience requirements of the Appraisal Institute."
In order to receive the SRA Designation I had to submit more than 3000 hours of work for review that covered a minimum of 24 months, attend and pass advance writing, finance, statistics, and other industry specific courses. A 4 year college degree is also required.
SRA Designated Appraisers commit to the highest standard of ethics and are required to have additional continuing education. The result is an honest, well qualified appraiser you can trust and a high quality appraisal.
I a very grateful for the support of my wonderful wife and children who sacrificed, helped me stay focused, and prayed a lot for me during this process. I could not have done it without them.