Tracy is a Senior member with the American Society of Equine Appraisers, Certified member of the Canadian Society of Equine Appraisers, as well as a Senior member of the American Society of Agricultural Appraisers, Certified member of the Canadian Society of Agricultural Appraisers, and Certified member with the International Society of Appraisers.
What is the difference between an Accredited Equine Appraiser and a Senior or Certified Equine Appraiser?
An Accredited Equine Appraiser is an entry level appraiser with the American Society of Equine Appraisers. There is no mandatory continuing education or courses required for these appraisers. All courses and continuing education are done on a strictly volunteer basis.
A Senior or Certified Equine Appraiser member is an accredited member who has successfully completed professional appraisal courses (105 hours), has met the Appraiser Qualifications Board's Personal Property Appraisal Minimum Qualification Criteria (minimum 700 appraisal hours), completed the 15-hour Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course, and is an appraisal society member in good standing. Senior and Certified Appraiser members must also meet the Criteria's continuing education requirements every five years to retain their Senior or Certified status.
In order to earn her Certified Appraiser designation with the International Society of Appraisers, Tracy was required to complete an intensive course in appraisal studies, pass two proctored examinations, and submit four different complex appraisal reports (total of 175 pages) that were scrutinized by an appraisal review panel. Tracy is required to take a Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course every 2 years and is subject to a mandatory requalification process every 5 years, which includes completing a requalification course, submission of an appraisal report for review, and a minimum of 100 hours of professional development credits.
When hiring an appraiser, it is important to ask what kind of continuing education and courses an appraiser has taken. As markets are constantly changing, it is important that an appraiser keep themselves current.
You can read more about the various membership levels in Tracy's article, Choosing the Right Appraiser.
Tracy Dopko has been performing appraisals for over 20 years, along with being hired as an equine expert witness and consultant for court cases. Tracy has over 5,000 hours of equine appraisal experience, and to date, has helped her clients win over two million dollars in dispute cases and settlements. She has traveled all over the United States and Canada conducting equine appraisals. She has been hired globally as an appraiser and consultant on multiple court cases, works closely with several of the major insurance companies in both the U.S. and Canada on death-claim reimbursements and fraud investigation, completed appraisals for multi-million dollar estate and insurance settlements, tax audits, and has even done a large appraisal involving over 150 horses for a nonprofit organization in the United States. Tracy's appraisals are considered "Certified" for legal purposes in Canada and Internationally and are known for their thoroughness and attention to detail. Combined with her background and credentials in the horse industry, Tracy's appraisals and expertise provides a valuable asset in the courtroom!
Read more about Tracy's equine experience with various breeds HERE.
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