Guidelines to Bridging Policy
NAJA Certified Member (CM) Title
The bridging policy applies to the highest level of educated and tested members of other appraisal organizations when such members wish to join NAJA. Members of AGS, ISA, and ASA are given credit for their rigorous appraisal training by the conferring of NAJA member credentials. Current NAJA members holding one of the approved designations are also eligible for bridging.
Many appraisal professionals have achieved high levels of education from their respective associations and such members should be recognized and welcomed by other associations. NAJA is proud to have members who have taken their education seriously and attained the highest professional designations.
- For US-based appraisers, those members in good standing in the following appraisal organizations, who hold the listed designations, are qualified to bridge into NAJA:
- American Gem Society (AGS): CGA – Certified Gemologist Appraiser; ICGA – Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser
- International Society of Appraisers (ISA): ISA-CAPP – Certified Appraiser of Personal Property (in gems and jewelry)
- American Society of Appraisers (ASA): ASA-MGA® – Master Gemologist Appraiser
Such qualified members may apply to the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) to waive some of the educational and experience requirements of the Certified Member (CM) title. Upon verification and completion of the specified criteria, the applicant will have full member status within NAJA with the designation CM.
- Applicants must be in good standing with AGS, ISA and ASA and free of any unresolved Code of Ethics violations or charges.
- A “Bridging Fee” of $100.00, in addition to the current membership fee, will be paid at the time of application.
- Applicants who are not current members of NAJA will join at the “Member” level and must fulfill all eligibility requirements before the “bridging” process begins.
- The applicant will provide legible copies of gemological credentials and gem laboratory credentials (NAJA, AGA, AGS, ISA and ASA) and other earned diploma(s).
- Once eligibility has been confirmed, the applicant will be requested to submit appraisal reports. The function of the reports will be to estimate Retail Replacement Value for obtaining insurance coverage and a Fair Market Value report, on the same item, suitable for IRS use, for the purpose of Charitable Donation. A full report, including all methodology, testing, comparables, market research, consultants used, etc. will be required.
- The appraisal reports will be submitted in electronic, preferably PDF, format for easy distribution among the reviewers.
- The appraisal reports MUST contain digitized images of all report addenda, including item’s photograph(s), third party lab report results, and any other material that would normally be included with a printed and bound report to be delivered to a client.
- The appraisal reports must NOT contain any real client names or addresses.
- The appraisal item, comparables, and accompanying research must be actual and not hypothetical. All components of the report will be subject to verification.
- The applicant’s reports must conform to the Report Writing Standards set forth by NAJA and USPAP. Reports failing to meet all NAJA standards will be not be accepted.
- Applicants will be held to the higher standard if a perceived conflict exists between the standards of AGS, NAJA, ISA, and ASA.
- Reports will also be judged to a high standard of professionalism regarding grammar, spelling, layout, and presentation.
- Applicants will have sixty (60) days from time of application to fulfill all requirements to bridge to the CM level. Extensions will not be granted, except in the case of serious extenuating circumstances. If an extension is granted, an additional bridging fee will be required.
- The Code of Ethics and Report Writing Standards required of an NAJA Member must be observed at all times while awaiting finalization of the certification process. Applicants who have been accepted as a “Member” may not advertise a CM designation until the bridging process is complete and the applicant has been notified.
- Members who have been granted the designation of CM must complete sixteen (16) hours of continuing education per year in order to maintain their designation. If this continuing education requirement is not met, the title will be forfeited.