Welcome To The Asheford Institute Of Antiques...
We'd like to thank you for taking the time to visit the school's web site. Our newly constructed interactive web presence has been designed to give those interested in the field of the decorative arts, insight into the latest happenings and offerings from the world's largest Antiques, Collectibles & Appraising Distance Learning School.
Our site now offers a full "Course Prospectus" on the schools comprehensive distance-learning program. If you're interested in becoming an antiques dealer, a certified professional-level appraiser, or just interested in the world of antiques, collectibles and vintage items, then read on... As the largest home-study school of its kind, we're sure you'll find everything needed to get you started right here...
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A Brief History Of The School...
WHAT WE OFFER
The Asheford Program is an internationally recognized, professional-level "Profit & Pleasure" Course on the study of antiques, collectibles and appraising. Created in 1966, by school founder Peter C. Green, the Program has had over 80,000 students worldwide since its inception. With its emphasis on excellence in learning, training and innovative approaches to teaching, it has become recognized as one of the premiere schools in the development of distance-learning education that is geared specifically towards successful entrepreneurship in the field of antiques, collectibles, and professional-level appraising. The student body is comprised mainly of individuals who are actively seeking employment or self-employment within these fields of study.
Asheford Course Components & Requirements
ENROLLMENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
ANYONE may apply for admission to the Asheford Institute Of Antiques Program. However, to be eligible to enroll in the Institute, it is recommended that you at least have a good fundamental working knowledge of the English language. Students are not required to have a GED equivalency test score, but must demonstrate the ability to comprehend the subject matter at hand, via the submission of OPEN-BOOK Course examinations to faculty staff and instructors.
The school's base of students is diverse and ranges from complete novices to museum curators, from online antique collectors and enthusiasts, to large scale dealers and professional-level antique appraisers; from associates at major auction houses, to country auctioneers, and estate-sale planners. For every aspect of the antique and collectible marketplace, you will find a student of the Asheford Institute...
CURRENT TOP 8 ENROLLMENT CATEGORIES (REASONS GIVEN FOR ENROLLMENT)
1. Becoming an Antiques Dealer AND Certified Professional-level Appraiser in the field of antiques, collectibles and vintage items.
2. Becoming an Estate Sale Liquidator (learning how to conduct professional grade estate sales, along with training in the antiques,
collectibles, vintage and appraising fields of study).
3. Becoming a Certified Professional-level Appraiser with extended PACC & USPAP credentials.
4. Becoming an Online Antiques dealer (including training on how to conduct online auctions).
5. Opening a Storefront Antiques business (learning how to operate a bricks & mortar "walk-in" concern).
6. Becoming an Auctioneer (learning about antiques, collectibles, vintage items and appraising for the auction market).
7.. Interior Designers (becoming an "antiques" interior designer - also for client education).
8. Antique Collectors & Enthusiasts (general knowledge and interest with an eye towards appraising).
A few days ago I received the results of my Appraisal - Plan 5 Examination. I was very excited to learn that I had done so well. I can hardly wait to have the "Certification in Hand" so I can get down to business... I have a master's degree in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and have been a museum director at the Rockwood Park Museum (surrounded by antiques and artifacts), for the last twenty years.
I must say that I found your program excellent. It was comprehensive, easy to understand and enjoyable considering the massive amount of information to digest. It would equal most of the courses that I took in graduate school.
It is truly a professional quality program that I would recommend to anyone interested in the wonderful world of Antiques & Appraising." (To read the full testimonial, and others, visit the Student Testimonials page).
The Asheford Program consists of over 120 equivalent classroom credit hours. This equivalency number is based on the average "statistical" hours required to complete the Asheford Program (average completion range is 8 to 12 months, although up to 4 years is allowed).
ACADEMIC ACCREDITING STANDARDS
The Asheford Course is administered by expert instructors and is open to all participants who have a willingness and desire to learn and expand their entrepreneurial horizons. The Program follows resident school methods in its teachings, and evaluates student progress based on a series of reflective academic criteria. The Asheford Program is designed to cultivate learning, enhance business opportunities, and enrich the lives of individuals regardless or their age, sex or geographic background
The Institute is internationally recognized in the field of antiques, collectibles and professional-level appraising. As the only school of its kind, the Institute's accreditation is based on a two-tiered system of *third-party, peer reviewed recognition (outside specialists in the field of antiques), as well as, in-house criteria that is established and reviewed by the school's board of directors and antique experts alike. Appraisers are subjected to rigorous examination standards, including PACC testing, and the optional Uniform Standards Of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) exam.
*Note: The Asheford Institute does not accept nor pay for any third party recognition, or endorsements from organizations claiming to offer credentialing status, for a fee. Our third-party peer reviewed credentialing process is based on unbiased reviews from individuals and organizations with no financial connection or affiliation to the school in any way.
Asheford Mission Statement
The Asheford Institute Of Antiques seeks to create and develop innovative teaching methods utilizing a wide variety of acclaimed academic resources. The results of these academic efforts and initiatives are then applied and directed to the field of antiques, collectibles, and appraising in order to help further the study of these entrepreneurial endeavors.
The practical application of these initiatives is evidenced by students who are curious, focused, and socially responsible. Whether it’s finding creative ways to learn through their Study Plans, or developing new and unique ideas when it comes to the selling and marketing of antiques and appraisal services, Asheford students are taught how to be innovative, and are given all the tools necessary to motivate them to succeed.
Course Texts & Materials
The Asheford Course consists of over 1,600 pages in 12 Textbook Volumes
Or, choose the e-Course version with,
13 Online e-Course Volumes
Also Included in your course of studies: seven comprehensive examinations along with,
15 Additional Teaching Aids
The complete Asheford Program is divided into,
Five Plans Of Study
Each Plan of Study is further categorized into four main "modules" of learning: Pleasure, Profit, Appraising, and Care & Restoration. Additional Teaching Aids including, Instructional Audio Segments, Price Guides, Research Service, Newsletters, Books on Antiques or Collectibles, plus much more are also included.These Teaching Aids are designed to accompany each Plan of Study as part of the overall Asheford curriculum.
Upon the successful completion of the Asheford Program, students are awarded the internationally recognized, Asheford Institute of Antiques Diploma, as well as full "Appraisal Certification" in the field of antiques and collectibles.
For a detailed analysis of what our program offers, we invite you to examine this web site thoroughly, read the Course Prospectus, see what the "Press" has to say about our program, review a condensed outline of Course subjects, find out what our past and present students are saying, get in-depth answers to your questions, plus so much more...
If you want to know why the Asheford Institute of Antiques is the recognized world authority, when it comes to antiques, collectibles and appraisal education, then we encourage you to read on...
If working with antiques and collectibles has always been something you've dreamed of... then look no further, with offices in the United States, Canada and England, we're sure to be able to "Map-Out" a plan of success for you, no matter where your interests lie...
View Our Course Prospectus & Course Tuition Pages Below
FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR
Below you will find links to our Course Prospectus page, as well as our Course Tuition page. To get a detailed understanding of how the Asheford Program works, select the Course Prospectus link. For information on tuition payment options and payment plans please select the Course Tuition & Enrollment link.
To view the Full Online Course Prospectus about the Antiques Collectibles & Appraising Distance-Learning Program being offered by the A.I.A. click HERE...
Course Tuition & Fees
To view the A.I.A Course Enrollment Contract, including all Tuition Payment Plan Options for the Asheford Program, click HERE...
Read What The Press Has To Say
From the nation's oldest leading antique publication, to the Toronto Star and all other papers in between, you'll find great stories written about the Institute over the last 25 years!
Read what our past and present students have written about the Asheford program - where they've gone with it and what they've done to be successful.
Student And Members News
If you're already an A.I.A. member, click here for members news & updates. We've got all the latest school news, events, and updates on our students page...
Condensed Outline Of Course Subjects
Get an idea of what our program offers, by viewing a Condensed Version of subject titles covered by the Asheford Course.
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