The current state of the art in the credentialing field is largely based upon assessing competency through an examination. This is true of most established fields and professions. Users of personal property appraisals are unlikely to recognize or accept any professional credential that does not include a relevant test for competence.
The AOA offers two levels of credentialing — the Accredited Member and the Certified Member. However, no credentialing body can guarantee any particular level of service or competence of its members.
The AOA states that its credentialing program warrants only that AOA Accredited Members have:
The AOA states that its credentialing program warrants only that AOA Certified Members have met the above requirements as well as the following requirements:
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