AISociety's "AiSCV-FAS Fine & Decorative Arts" Specialty Education, Testing, Certification & Referrals Program
AISociety's "AiSCV-FAS Fine & Decorative Arts" Specialty Education, Testing, Certification & Referrals Program
AISociety ™ Appraisers International Society ™ AIS - Personal Property Appraisal's Global Valuation Standard ™ GVS ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― Since 1982, AIStandards™ & AiCertification™ developer Elly Rosen has been the primary developer & instructor of professional principles, applied ethics, procedures, methodology and reporting for multi-specialty, attached and movable Personal Property Appraisal & Valuation. Leader of the very first education, testing, certification and referral programs, now Elly and the Global AiCertification Team are in the 5th-Decade Global AIStandard
  AISociety ™ Appraisers International Society ™ AIS  -  Personal Property Appraisal's Global Valuation Standard ™ GVS    ―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――      Since 1982, AIStandards™ & AiCertification™ developer Elly Rosen has been the primary developer & instructor        of professional principles, applied ethics, procedures, methodology and reporting for multi-specialty, attached          and movable Personal Property Appraisal & Valuation.  Leader of the very first education, testing, certification             and referral programs, now Elly and the Global AiCertification Team are in the 5th-Decade Global AIStandard      
Deborah Arden, M.Ed., AiSCV AVS-FAV, AiV, AiGovernor for Fine & Decorative Arts during 2018 AiS-FA™ Course development Deborah Arden, M.Ed., AiSCV AVS-FAV, AiV, AiGovernor for Fine & Decorative Arts during 2018 AiS-FA™ Course development


Appraising Fine & Decorative Arts


THE AISociety Certified Member Graduate Title

for Global Fine & Decorative Arts Professionals



Updated & Augmented Since 2022

for Application to

Rare Books & Manuscripts


Applying AiCore™ Valuation Principles, The AiCode & AIStandards

to Unique Needs of Fine & Decorative Arts, Rare Books & Manuscripts


by Deborah Arden, M.Ed., AiSCV AVS-FAV, AiV


AiCertification Board Certified "Advanced Valuation Specialist" (AVS™)


AiSCV-FAV™ is the only F&DA or RB&M appraisal program developed

in accordance with THE 5th-Decade 2024 AIStandard v24


Personal Property Appraisals 1st, ONLY and Truly Multi-Specialty

 Global Valuation Standard™ (GVS™) 


The 55-Classroom Hour "AiS-FA™" course

is offered globally, online in

18 live twice-weekly 3-hour classes

or AiCloud Structured AiSelf-Paced Study with AiMentors

AiCore-I Fundmentals Course, required for "AiS . . ." titles is recommended,

but is not required for stand-alone, open enrollment and completion of the AiS-FA course.



 Primary Program Developer & Instructor:

Deborah Arden, AiSCV AVS-FAV, AiV


See Deborah Arden's Profile on LinkedIn 


& Debbie's AISociety FaceBook Appraiser Spotlight at

AIStandard's 5th-Decade "Early Enrollment" Rates

While Posted for The Class of 2024


Or Quick Register at those rates at:

AiCertification's Multi-Specialty 4th-Decade AIStandard is personal property appraisal's "Global Valuation Standard™ GVS" AiCertification's Multi-Specialty 4th-Decade AIStandard is personal property appraisal's "Global Valuation Standard™ GVS"


Appraising Fine & Decorative Arts

2024 v5
Newly Updated & Augmented for Application to
Rare Books & Manuscripts
to AIStandard's 5th-Decade v24
Personal Property Appraisal's
1st, Only and Truly Multi-specialty
Global Valuation Standard ™ GVS


Partial Syllabus
©1982-2023 Deborah Arden & AIS with All Right Reserved

Deborah Arden's AiS-FA™ AiCourseBook has now grown to over 500-pages

+ Glossary of Functional Terminology
AiReference™ Materials:  AIS-Writings™; AIS-Law™ & The Appraisal Reporter™
+ Over 1,250 images digitized by Debbie
for the AiCourseBook & Class Presentations!
  • Introduction to Fine & Decorative Arts and the Appraisal of F&DA
  • Assignment Scope of Work for Valuation & Value Related Appraisals
    • Pre & After Purchase; Insurance; After-Loss; Estate & Consumer Sale
    • Probate; Estate & Gift Tax; Donations - Cultural Property Gifts;
    • Consignments; Corporate Collections; Collateral Loans;
    • Trial Expert Witness, Consultations, Appraisal & Document Review
  • Identification Guidelines for Works, Materials & Components
  • UV-Blacklight for Appraisal IDentification & Valuation
  • Authentication of Artist, Artisans, Makers, Origin & Provenance
  • Period Motifs, Themes, Materials & Methods etc
    • ​Fashion, Vogue, Rarity, Collectibles & Revivals
  • Appraisal Contingent & Limiting Conditions, Reporting & Disclosures
  • Drawings, Prints, and Painting Materials Through the Ages
  • Prints History & Methodology – Relief, Intaglio, Planographic
  • Paper & Watermarks – Development from 1st-Century, BCE to Present
  • Framing Assessments & Valuation – Origins of Styles & Materials
  • Statuary & Sculpture:  Stone; Wood; Bronze; Mixed Media
    • Photography;  Media;  Animation;  Celluloids
    • Manuscript Illumination;  Calligraphy;  Collages
  • Conservation of Fine Art – The Care of Pictures; Prints; Sculpture
  • Functional Arts & Decorative Arts
    • "Craft  Based":  Pottery/Porcelain;  Tiles/Mosaics;  Arms & Armour
  • Assessing Condition:  Normal Aging; Damage; Mistreatment & Restorations
  • Research: Online, Hardcopy & Brick-n-Mortar
    • Authenticity, Markets, Values, Appraisal Related Laws & Regulations
    • Provenance & Valuation of Artists Living & Deceased
  • Reconciliation of Data & Reporting



Updated & Augmented during 2023-24 v4-5

for Application to Rare Books & Manuscripts

Some Syllabus Augmentations:


Appraisal & Valuation Intersection & Overlap of

Fine & Decorative Arts ​with Rare Books & Manuscripts

  • Books and Art historical development​:
    • Reflect historical social, economic, technological, and cultural changes.
  • Pre-history of books and the history of paper and print methods
    • Explained for books and art to assist in dating the work.
  • Printed plates in books and old bibles appearing in frames as art,
    • ​e.g. Audubon, Gould, artist’s prints in limited edition books, atlas​'.
  • Illustrations In books represent all printmaking methods
    • Relief, intaglio, and planographic.
      • Knowing the method can authenticate a book or print.
  • Provenance – Background & Ownership elements for authenticating books.
  • Understanding the use of UV light to assess​:
    • condition​; repairs​; damage​; signature changes​, augmentation, erasures.
  • Development of materials used in making books.
    • Papyrus, Parchment, Paper; the three P’s of books.
  • Period manufacturing techniques for authentication and accurate dating.
  • Modern reproduction techniques can imitating or simulating originals.
  • Study of paper and print methods used in art and books.
  • Laid vs. wove paper is the first line of dating a work of art or book on paper.
  • Damages to paper: Type & Appearance as elements of overall condition.
  • History of typeface development helps authenticate books.
  • Knowledge of various inks assists detection of forgeries and signature authentications.
  • Changes in book binding techniques through the ages also help book dating.
    • Is the binding original or added ​during​ a later period?
  • Development of book binding from early periods of separate artisan activity.
  • What is the purpose of end papers?
"AiCore I™ Appraisal & Valuation Principles & Procedures Program, 1st of two on Appraisal Fundamentals IS Required for "AiS" Titles & Members - AiCore-I is a recommended prerequisite for all AiCertification courses, Required for "AiS ..." Titles & Members "AiCore I™ Appraisal & Valuation Principles & Procedures Program, 1st of two on Appraisal Fundamentals IS Required for "AiS" Titles & Members - AiCore-I is a recommended prerequisite for all AiCertification courses, Required for "AiS ..." Titles & Members


18 Live Twice-Weekly 3-hour Classes

or Self-Paced Study in the AiCloud


The AiS-FA AiSpecialty program debuted Sep-6th 2018


NEXT Live, Online 2024 offering

starts Thu Mar-21st, 2024

and is currently scheduled to run through May-23rd


55-Classroom Hours offered through

18 twice-weekly 3-hour sessions

Tue's & Thu's at 7:30-10:30pm EDT

{subject to change with participant demographics}


An additional Live Global Offering may be offered

Wed's & Fri's at 2-5pm EDT

Depending on the Demographics of Global Participants


The full 2024 program, or individual missed sessions

is also available via AiSelf-Paced Study in the AiCloud


See: for updates


[Class schedules are subject to change based on demographics of enrolled participants]


Join AiCertification's Global Class of 2024

in this live online offering

or through Online AiMentored Self-Paced Study

with AiMentors™ in the AiCloud™.

AISociety "AiSCV™ Certified Member" Level

IS Currently Available to ALL in Personal Property


Successful completion of AiCore-I™ of the Appraisal & Valuation Fundamentals Program ("AiCore") provides AISociety Accredited International Member eligibility and listing in the AIS Accredited International Valuer Registry™ (AiV-Registry) as an "AiSV - AISociety Valuer / Member".


Following completion of the prerequisit AiCore-I™ & AiCore-II or an AiSpecialty Program, members of ALL Personal Property specialties may currently attain AISociety Senior and Certified Member Status Upgrades with listing in the AiV-Registry as "AiSCV - AISociety Senior or Certified Valuer / Members", including:


The AiSCV-AVS Advanced Valuation Specialist Graduate Titles program; and/or,


The AiSCV AiSpecialty area Graduate Valuer Graduate Title programs, e.g., G&J Valuer, E&H Valuer, F&DA Valuer, etc.


AiSCV-FAV AiSpecialty Graduate Title Program Debuted in Sep-2018


   3rd in a series of planned AiSpecialty AiSCV Diploma Title Programs


   Developed by Deborah Arden, AiSCV-AVS, AiV, who is uniquely qualified for the task.  Deborah completed all the courses and exams of AiCertification™2013, including the "AiSCV-AVS Advanced Valuation Specialist" Graduate Diploma Porgram, receiving her AiCertification Board certification as an "AiSCV-AVS"; the most advanced appellation available in the international world of personal property valuation and appraising.


   That dedicated participation added to Deborah's more than 2-decades of advanced professional appraisal education and practice as a highly respected Residential Contents practitioner and Trial Expert, while putting her in the ideal position to develop AiSCV-FAV in sync with AIStandard v6.5.


   Since the start of 2014, Deborah has been working with AiCertification Developer Elly Rosen and a number of talented 2013-16 AiSCV-AVS fine and decorative arts and other multi-specialty practitioners.  AiSCV-FAV debuted its online Development Offerings during early Feb. 2019.


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See the breakdown at the bottom of the program details table on each program page

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AiSCV-FAV Program Details





AiCore™Fundamentals Program completion

for "AiSV" Accredited Member eligibility is the recommended prerequisite for ALL additional

"AiSCV" Certified Member Diploma Title programs

including "AiSCV-FAV Fine & Decorative Arts Valuer"







Recommended Prerequisite for all AiCerty programs

is the AiCore-I™ Principles & Procedures Appraisal & Valuation Fundamentals Program.


Join Deborah Arden, Elly Rosen, Bill Korst

and The Class of 2024


Covering the full, Annual, 6-course 250-classroom Hour

Triple-Crown Program


Globally, Online, Live in:

AiResidence™ starting in Jan. of each year;


Or, year-round via AiMentored Self-Paced Study collaborating with AiMentors in the AiCloud


Or, in periodic, Live, Online

Thu-Mon AiFasTrak Weekends


! Registration is NOW OPEN for AiCertification™2024 !



Register the AiCore™Fundamentals Program alone

or with advanced Packages:


- Through online AiResidence offerings, filling in prior sessions via your AiCloud Folder;


- via AiMentored Study using the current AiResidence materials collaborating with an AiMentor in the AiCloud


Registration for AiCore™Fundamentals can be done

by either:


Enrolling in AiCore as a package to be followed by the

"AiSCV-AVS Advanced Valuation Specialist" Program.

That package will provide you the option to enroll in

the AiSCV-FAV Fine & Decorative Arts Specialty program

at greatly reduced package rates.


Or, enroll in only the AiCore™Fundamentals program

and then register to take the AiSCV-FAV at it's regular

tuition rate when it becomes available.


See the bottom of this table for info on related fees.



Details of the:

"AiSCV-FAV Fine & Decorative Arts Valuer" Program

AISociety Certified Member Diploma Title Program

with AISociety licensed title holders listed in the

AIS "Accredited International Valuer Registry"

Start date


AiSCV-FAV Diploma Eligiblity Program debuted in Feb-2019.


Live, Online, Full AiResidence programs Start annually in Jan.:

When permitted, late enrollment in the live,

AiResidence offerings is possible using required program

materials and audio-visual AiRecordings, and

assignments which will be placed and tasked

in the Enrolled AiCandidate's folder in the AiCloud.


Global Interactive AiMentored Study Online in the AiCloud:

ALL AiCertification programs and AISociety Member

titles of the Accredited International Valuer Registry

[AiV-Registry] are available online via interactive,

structured AiMentored Self-Paced AiCloud collaboration.


Live AiResidence


Session times


The AiS-FA™ Appraising Fine & Decorative Arts

Portion of AiCertification's Triple-Crown:


18 twice-weekly 3-hour classes 

 For the current live, online, global audio-video AiResidence

 offerings are typically at:


Live, online at 7:30-10:30pm U.S. ET


Exact times and possible additional global offerings at approximately 1-4pm ET are scheduled based on demographics of enrolled participants.


Number of course offerings for each of the 2 weekly sessions

and the times for such such offerings are adapted to

the makeup and time zones of course participants.

In this way, since 2011, we've accommodated folks

across 21-global time zones.


 After that, audio-visual AiRecordings and session

 materials are posted in the AiResidence program

 Folders in the AiCloud, for review or missed sessions


Lessons durations


Three hours total,

in three 1-hour segments of:  Presentation + Q&A-Discussion



Course duration


AiCore™Fundamentals program

AiResidence: 5-months 

or Structured AiMentored Self-Paced Study: 5-months (up to one year allowed)


AiSCV-AVS™ Advanced Valuation Specialist program

AiResidence: 3-months from Sep. through Nov.

Structured AiMentored Self-Paced Study: 4-months (up to one year allowed)


 +3-months allowed for AiSCV Appraisal Assignments


AiSCV-FAV Fine & Decorative Arts Valuer program

is 2-months AiResidence [18 twice weekly 3-hour sessions],

with up to 4-months allowed for AiMentored Self-Paced Study




AiResidence: Live, Online Audio-Video Classroom;

 Global participants typically span 21-time zones


Also available with the AiMentored Self-Paced Study™Program

 using the latest AiResidence course materials

 and AiRecordings in the AiCloud with AiMentors


Class size


Projected maximum live, online class of 25.


Classroom Hours


AiCore™ Fundamentals program

100 Classroom Hours Total

(AiCore-I = 45-hours; AiCore-II = 55-hours)

including Review Sessions & Two 4-Hour Final Exams,

in addition to independent assignments and appraisals.


AiSCV-FAV Fine & Decorative Arts Valuer program

is 55-Classroom Hours


AiSCV-AVS™ Advanced Valuation Specialist program

95 Classroom Hours

including Review Sessions & Four 4-Hour Final Exams,

in addition to independent assignments and appraisals.




AiCore-I™ Fundamentals Program is the recommended prerequisite for all course and is required for all "AiS . . ." Titles



Included in


this package:



In addition to everything already included and received

with the AiCore™Program and/or AiSCV-AVS Program,

Registration & Completion of this program provides

eligibility for the AiSCV-FAV Certified Member Title

& it's AiSCV-FAV AiV-Registry License #'d Diploma


[See the Program Details Table on the AiCertify pages of

  the AiCore & AiSCV-AVS Advanced Valuation Programs]


NOTE: An additional $99 AiV-Registry listing setup fee is due after successful completion of AiCore-I




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