Hi all. My question is, what is the real value of a designation, and which are the best to pursue? I understand if the intent is to be an AMC appraiser, a designation will probably not result in any more work. Aside from this, are there designations that are essentially required to tap into different client bases? I would like to continue pursuing CG, but nobody seems interested in taking on an apprentice in the current climate. Understandable. I dont want a residential trainee either. I am thinking about SRA. Also possibly ERC so that I can start doing relo work (very long lead time on getting this one). I also understand that these are essentially money making scams for the companies which issue the designation. Like a degree mill. But if this has become the state of the industry, and it is a requirement to rise out of the AMC cesspool, I may be willing to play the game. On a side note, does anyone do equipment, business or FFE appraising? (or other non real estate appraising). I feel that residential appraising is either a dying industry, or there are just too many RE appraisers. These other fields may be a way for me to diversify before RE appraising is totally dead.