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03 Apr 2017

South Carolina Member Achieves Appraisal Examiner Certification

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.

04 May 2016

South Carolina Inventory Professional Achieves Certification

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Donna Courtney of Courtney Inventory for achieving the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist.

Donna Business photo 001 (2)PRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Donna Courtney, owner of Courtney Inventory in Little River, South Carolina, has recently earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this designation through the NICA confirms her knowledge to provide quality residential and small business contents inventory services.

Explaining why she invested in certification, Courtney said, “As a licensed insurance agent for 30 years, I earned various designations which enabled me to stay engaged and knowledgeable about the insurance industry. Continuing education is extremely important to me, which is what encouraged me to earn the CIS designation. This helps show my clients that I have taken the extra steps to be a leader in my industry.”

There is an increasing awareness of the necessity and benefits of having a prepared photographic and written record of one’s personal property. This knowledge and the ever-increasing busy lifestyles of homeowners and business owners alike create a growing demand for a professional inventory service provider. Choosing to achieve certification shows residential and commercial clients and potential clients that Courtney is a dedicated professional.

Mike Hartman, Executive Director of NICA, shared that “coming from the insurance profession that requires certification and continuing education, Donna is aware of the importance of certification. Her professional background solidifies that education is essential when you want to put the client first.”  

A requirement for certification and membership with NICA is to agree to conduct business according to the established industry Code of Ethics. Based in South Carolina, Courtney Inventory provides residential and commercial asset inventory services in the state of South Carolina and Southeast North Carolina.