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Distinct Certification Program Remains Popular With Those Seeking To Re-Invent Career

IRVINE, Calif. – April 12, 2011 – The University of California, Irvine Extension today announced the 10 year anniversary of the Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts Certificate Program. The university’s partnership with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) offers the only West Coast university-based program in appraisal studies. The program is designed for art gallery personnel, museum docents or volunteers, art and antique dealers, auctioneers, estate liquidators, insurance adjusters, jewelers, those already working in the fine and decorative arts field and anyone desiring appraisal skills for their personal use as a connoisseur or collector.

“UC Irvine Extension is pleased to celebrate a decade of success with the appraisal studies program, one of the few of its kind in the nation,” said Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., director of sustainability studies, arts and humanities at UC Irvine Extension. “The appraisal studies program is an ideal venue solution for those seeking to reinvent their career, and will undoubtedly see additional growth and expansion in the coming years as more individuals turn their personal passion into a profession.”

The certificate program provides students with specialized knowledge and practical hands-on experience to competently produce appraisals for a wide variety of objects and uses, such as insurance coverage, estate tax, damage claims, buy and sell consultations and charitable contributions. To complete the program, participants must complete four required core courses (taken in sequence) and a total of three elective units.

Upcoming courses include:

Personal Property Valuation Methodology: Research and Analysis (May 12-15)—This four-day long course allows students to explore the relationship between valuation theory, market economics and statistics while matching appraisal methods to appraisal objectives.

The Business of Appraising (May 16-17)—This two-day course reviews the day-to-day practical business of being an appraiser, including legal issues, sole proprietorship, marketing, networking, advertising, employment issues and limiting exposure to liability.

“With the combination of expertise of the American Society of Appraisers and the strong academic reputation of the University of California, obtaining a certificate from UC Irvine Extension is the best way to gain the competitive skills needed to fill the high demand of this professional service,” said 35-year industry veteran, Margaret Olsen, ASA, advisory board member and course instructor of UC Irvine Extension’s Appraisal Program. “This 10 year mark is a great celebration of the profession.”

All ASA members qualify to receive a 10 percent discount on continuing education Appraisal Studies courses offered through UC Irvine Extension. To learn more about the Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts Certificate Program or to register for the courses, call 949-824-5414 or visit

In conjunction with this program, UC Irvine Extension also offers a specialized studies program in Connoisseurship of Fine & Decorative Arts. This program is a nine unit curriculum focusing on fine and decorative art history in the context of aesthetics and appreciation. For more information, visit or fan the school at

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