I have had a number of their classes and they are as good as any I have had. Don Clark who stays on this site a lot taught one of the classes I took. My only complaint is that they fill my fax box up with stuff and use to call all of the time trying to get me to take classes. They also have some on line classes I heard. I won't take any more classes that are not on line if I can help it.
I have taken a couple and I don't think I will take any more. I found, as with many courses offered by other companies as well, that the courses fail to really offer substantive advice on how to deal with various appraisal issues.
When I take a course on a certain subject, I like to think I am going to learn something new to take back and put into practice (on that particular subject). Instead, I feel like I was just being fed information that is given to fill up time.
I taught courses for McKissock for about 5 years. In my opinion, which is biased, they are the best there is on a national level. They teach close to 10% of all appraisers nationwide. their courses are timely, substantive, and, if you go in wanting to learn something you will. My specialty was The Role of the Appraiser in environmentally impacted Properties. Now, that is not an exciting course. however, it is one that can keep an appraiser out of trouble. Things like Black mold toxicity are all over the news these days. It is deadly, can cause a myriad of health problems, and death. The same is true for lead based paint, lead by products, asbestos, etc. But, not real exciting stuff to teach. I also taught:
Ad Valoreum Consulting. 2-4 Family property appraisal. USPAP. Income property analysis. FHA Prep. Manufactured Housing Appraisal. And many other courses, too numerous to mention. I observed that the person who came in, paid attention, asked questions, even if they disagreed, were the ones who generally came up and said thank you, I learned something. The ones who came in, opended up a newspaper, was 10-15 minutes late every break, probably did not learn anything. Sometimes we got into long discussions, disagreements, and a lot of interaction. But, at the end of the day Mr. Newspaper reader would turn in comments like "need more class participation". Hello! Where were you when we were having all that participation? Even tho i teach a lot, i try to take several courses from others during any license period. I learn a lot. I once had over 300 hours in a 2 year period. Well worth my time and money.
Mckissock is a good CE school. There are many others as well. The best course I ever took was a 7 day course from the AI in Residential Case study. Great course, and 2 great instructors. I have taken great courses from the NAIFA, lincoln graduate Center(NAMA)(where I also taught some courses), and many others. You get out of a course in proportion to what you contribute.
I took a McKissock class down in Rehoboth Beach last year and found it to be adequate. I'm a little biased in that I like our local guy, Earl. And if you teach in the area, we try to register for your classes. I really learned a lot from that Manuf. Home class you taught down in Millsboro and the blue binder gets good use.
I have had pretty good luck with McKissock, but for USPAP I really like Columbia Institute out of Texas. I think they were in tune with my opinion of both the strengths and weaknesses of USPAP. NAIFA courses are also quite good, but their weakness was in having manuals, etc. that were full of proof reading errors. Maddening to read. Mieser's manuals and sample appraisals are also pretty good. One of our Arkansas Local appraisal schools have used his books. His appraisal mathematics book and the course taught by Don Featherston of Benton, AR were as good as it gets.