Member Donna Courtney has recently earned the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner.

PRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Certified Inventory Specialist Donna Courtney of Courtney Inventory has recently earned her second designation, Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

To help ensure that the personal property inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the NICA Education Committee determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification. Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation can apply for this additional level. They are also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective that is chosen from the NICA curriculum.

The growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for contents inventory professionals to serve as Appraisal Examiners. This certification provides the credentials to assist appraisers by collecting the required information they need to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report. The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service, providing the opportunity for appraisal firms to locate certified, qualified examiners, and for Certified NICA members to grow their businesses through additional revenue opportunities.

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. Having the knowledge and expertise to collect the information required by appraisers to properly assign value enables the Appraisal Examiner to serve their clients’ needs. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between the two industries.

Courtney said, “I am often asked if I can appraise items while providing an inventory service. Though I am not an appraiser, my CAE designation provides me with the knowledge and confidence that I can now offer appraisal services. This business partnership established by the National Inventory Certification Association and appraisers brings additional value to my company, and an added credential to my business. I see it as a win for both industries, and most importantly, for the client.”

Based in Little River, South Carolina, Courtney Inventory provided appraisal examiner services as well as residential and business asset inventory services in Southern North Carolina and in South Carolina.