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Welcome to the Alabama Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and thank you for visiting. We are one of 84 chapters of the Appraisal Institute serving valuation professionals throughout the State of Alabama. We invite you to attend one of our chapter meetings or educational offerings, and we encourage you to investigate the benefits of joining the Appraisal Institute, a global association of nearly 25,000 real estate appraisers. If you have questions or comments, please contact us.

The “Opportunity” in Opportunity Zones @ Birmingham Country Club
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The latest buzzword in the economic development community is Opportunity Zones. So what is this that has generated so much interest and why is it so popular? What are the appraisal issues involved and what should I know? Come and find out the answers to these and many more questions.

The class will discuss what are Opportunity Zones and where did they come from. What are the incentives to invest in these zones? Where are these zones in Alabama and what are the benefits associated with them? What are the appraisal issues involved in Opportunity Zones and how do they interact with the legal, accounting and other issues? How is Alabama doing in regard to Opportunity Zones? What are the current market conditions and what projects are underway? The class will finish with a discussion of on the ground examples of what is taking place with the projects and the communities.

Instructor: Alex Flachsbart is the Founder and CEO of Opportunity Alabama, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. Opportunity Alabama is dedicated to connecting investors with investable assets in Alabama.


Schedule: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Registration: 12:30pm


Submitted  for 3 hours CE Credit Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board


**This Educational Program (Program) was developed and organized by the Appraisal Institute Chapter offering the Program with the intent of addressing topic(s) of current local interest solely for educational and informational purposes. The Appraisal Institute national organization was not involved in developing or organizing the Program. The content of this Program, including but not limited to any written materials and presenter comments, does not represent the viewpoint of the Appraisal Institute (defined as including but not limited to, the national organization, its Regions, Chapters, members, candidates, affiliates and staff) unless formally adopted by the national Board of Directors. Further, the Appraisal Institute has not peer-reviewed or approved the content of the Program and does not warrant the accuracy or timeliness of the content of the Program. The content of the Program is subject to court decisions and local, state and federal laws and regulations and any such revisions of such laws and regulations. This Program is presented with the understanding that the Appraisal Institute is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional advice or services. Nothing in the Program is to be construed as the offering of such advice or services. If expert advice or services are required, attendees and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice or services from appropriate professionals.

Business Practices and Ethics @ Rosewood Hall
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

New Appraisal Institute Seminar

Business Practices and Ethics is an important course that provides information about standards and ethics requirements for valuers in general and, more specifically, for valuers who belong to the Appraisal Institute. Through discussion questions and examples, the class compares behavior and actions that illustrate violations of the Code of Professional Ethics, and participants learn how referrals can be made. Participants are also introduced to the Appraisal Institute Guide Notes to the Standards of Professional Practice and use these Guide Notes to resolve everyday appraisal practice problems.


At the end of the course, they learn about common errors in appraisal reports and review reports, and they respond to questions about challenges that arise in appraisal practice such as requests for updates and requests to change or add intended users. These are common business practice issues that appraisers encounter in various assignments, including mortgage lending, litigation, and property tax appeal. Other real-life scenarios in the course illustrate less common business practice issues such as an appraiser’s obligation when illegal or criminal behavior is observed.

Ted Whitmer, MAI, AI-GRS, JD, CCIM, MBA

Ted is an MAI, AI-GRS, CCIM and member of the Texas State Bar. He has served on the State of Texas Comptroller’s Advisory Board and Vice-Chair of the Texas Appraiser & Licensing Board. He is a certified USPAP instructor as well as having taught many seminars and courses for the Appraisal Institute and his own Ted Whitmer Seminars. He has taught at The University of Houston, Texas A&M University and Stephen F. Austin University. In addition to teaching, Ted has extensive experience in consulting including advising in cases with appraiser board enforcement, criminal fraud and civil liability issues.

Schedule: 9:30am-4:00pm
Registration: 9:00am

*Please note the starting time is later due to the class being only 6 hours. 

AI Fee: $195, Standard Fee: $215

*Class Materials: Tuition fee includes the downloadable copy of class materials. Students may purchase a print copy of class materials for an additional fee at time of registration. No class materials will be available at class.


Approved for 6 hours CE Credit Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board
Approved for 6 hours CE Credit Alabama Real Estate Commission

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2020-2021 USPAP 7-Hour Update @ Rosewood Hall
Jan 24 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

This 7-hour update course, copyrighted by The Appraisal Foundation, focuses on recent changes to USPAP requirements for ethical behavior and competent performance by appraisers. The course, which clarifies several commonly misunderstood aspects of USPAP, will aid participants in all areas of appraisal practice seeking updated competency in USPAP, including those subject to state licensing or certification and continuing education requirements imposed by professional organizations, client groups, or employers.

Course Objectives

  • Present and explain the new revisions to USPAP that were adopted in 2019 and effective from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.
  • Present the current changes to USPAP in a variety of scenarios for class discussion.
  • Present scenarios that challenge participants to apply USPAP to situations they encounter in their daily practice

Schedule: 8:30am-5:00pm
Registration: 8:00am

Submitted for 7 hours CE Credit Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board
Approved for 6 hours CE Credit Alabama Real Estate Commission
Click Here for other State Approvals

AI Fee: $195, Standard Fee: $215

**The course price does not include a copy of the current 2020-2021 USPAP edition, which is required for course credit. Participants must bring their own copy of the USPAP edition to class. To purchase a print or electronic copy of the USPAP publication, please visit The Appraisal Foundation or click here.


See what  2019 Educational offerings are open for registration on the Chapter Education Page.