SRA Designation

What is an SRA Designation & Why is it so Important

SRA stands for Senior Residential Appraiser, and is a designation conferred by the Appraisal Institute. The Appraisal Institute is an international membership association of professional real estate appraisers, with more than 18,000 members and 99 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. Its mission is to support and advance its members as the choice for real estate solutions and uphold professional credentials, standards of professional practice and ethics consistent with the public good. The SRA designation, the Institute’s most prestigious for its members who practice primarily residential appraisal, is held by real estate solutions providers who are experienced in the analysis and valuation of residential real property.

The Prestigious SRA Designation

  • Fewer than 1% of all appraisers nationwide have the SRA Designation.
  • An SRA’s primary focus is on residential appraisals.
  • To obtain the SRA, appraiser’s need an exceptional level of education and experience.
  • Licensed or Certified appraisers are the minimum, while SRA or MAI designated appraisers are at the top of the appraiser hierarchy.
  • The SRA is a Designation awarded by TheĀ Appraisal Institute.

Looking For A Real Estate Appraiser Who Can Help Ensure Your Home Is Valued Properly?

SRA Real Estate Requirements


Receive a passing grade on six examinations that reflect 181 hours of classroom instruction and that test the appraisers knowledge of appraisal principles, residential valuation techniques, report writing and standards of professional practice

Hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited educational institution (or satisfy a specified alternative)


Receive credit for 4,000 hours of experience, including 2,000 hours of residential appraisal experience, all of which must meet strict criteria.

Demonstration Report

Receive credit for a demonstration appraisal report relating to a residential property that demonstrates the ability to present a properly supported value estimate or opinion evaluating the nature, quality, or utility of a parcel of real estate or any interest in, or aspect of, real property, or fulfill an approved comparable alternative.

Because of its rigorous requirements and commitment to providing valuable information, continuing education and other valuable resources to its members, you can be confident an appraiser with an SRA designation will provide you with the very highest quality residential appraisal service.

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