_________________Frequently Asked Questions_________________
"I haven't finished high school. Do I have sufficient education to take your course in antiques?"
Each plan is written so that it should be easily understood by the average adult student even though his or her preliminary education may have been limited.
"Do I need any previous training or experience in Antiques and Appraising?"
No, our Course covers, step-by-step, all the essential phases of Antiques and Appraising, and includes hundreds of helpful illustrations and pictures. If you have had some previous training or experience in this field, so much the better, but it is not at all essential for the successful completion of the Plans - the Course is designed for beginners and experts alike.
"How comprehensive is the "appraisal" section of the program... will I be certified to appraise professionally?"
Yes. The core training principles that are taught throughout the Asheford Course are focused specifically on appraising - each topic, heading, and subheading is explained with an eye to its related connection to the world of appraising. These links of connectivity run throughout all five Plans of Study. The appraising component of the Asheford Program was designed for those that wish to pursue appraising on a "professional level." The A.I.A. will give you all the necessary tools to help you "know" and "understand" antiques and collectibles in regard to appraising them. In the final Plan of Study, you'll learn the "methodology" of appraising, and how to apply this to the "product knowledge" you have learned about in your previous Plans. There is a separate Appraisal Exam that all students must take in order to be considered for "certification."
"How long does it take to finish the Plans?"
The Plans have been arranged to cover a period of approximately eight months to a year. If it should take more than a year to complete the Course, then you are free to do so, and encouraged to work at your own speed (students have up to four years to complete the Course.)
"If I take the e-Course, can I print-off a copy?"
Yes. While the new e-Course is designed to be viewed online, you are welcome to print-off the entire program if you wish, so that you'll have a hard copy version for future reference. However, you're probably going to need a few reams of paper!
"Do you give examinations?"
Yes, there is an examination for each Plan of Study, and an additional "appraisal examination" at the end of Plan Five.
"I am quite busy and do not have much time for study. Could I really profit from your Plans by devoting about twenty minutes a day to your instruction?"
If you can, and will devote an average of twenty to thirty minutes each day to the Study Plans you will probably be surprised at the progress you will make.
"Do you offer a Research Service?"
Yes, this is an invaluable service to students and is free to all students of the program. This is included in the price of your Course tuition.
"Can I enter the field of Antiques without taking some kind of professional training?"
Perhaps, but it would mostly likely take a much longer period of time to acquire the necessary fundamental knowledge without the guidance of a qualified instructor, and a proper training program. With the degree of specialization that is taking place in the antique and appraising world today, it is almost essential to have some kind of formal training in order to be successful. As more and more individuals enter the antique world in a variety of different ways (i.e. the Internet), having the Asheford program behind you, will certainly give you a great advantage over others when it comes to succeeding in your chosen field.
"Does the Course cover the business side as well as the artistic side of antiques?"
Yes, such important subjects as choosing a good location, organizing a business, buying antiques, sources of supply, establishing credit, how to deal with customers, adding services such as appraising, restoration of antiques, and many other subjects are covered in a clear, concise manner.
"Does the Course go into the subject of antiques on the Internet, i.e. how to sell them, places to set up antique web-pages, online auctions - that sort of thing ?"
Yes, the Course covers all aspects of the antique industry on the Internet in a variety of different areas. In fact, our in-depth sections on the Internet are updated once a year, so that students can keep pace with the changing face of this medium and learn how it relates to them, and antiques in general. Also, our website for students is constantly being updated with news and info about the latest happenings at the school, articles from internationally syndicated antique columnist (and school founder), Peter Green, and information about other online students and their ventures.
"How long are the Course texts?"
The texts are broken down into Twelve Volumes (Thirteen Volumes for the e-Course), which are grouped into five Plans of study. The Course text books alone, consist of over 1,600 pages of text, pictures and illustrations!
"Do you also teach using audio or CD-ROM's..?"
Yes, audio lectures are included within your Course as part of your Teaching Aids package (either in CD format, or as "audio-segments" that are part of your online e-Course). These recordings contain a series of lectures on topics and subjects directly related to the latest breaking trends and styles within the antique industry today.
"When I have received my Appraisal Certification, do you help graduates find work?"
Yes. The A.I.A. actively promotes its graduates in every respect, including directing appraisal inquiries that come to the Institute in order to match them with prospective graduates. The A.I.A. also has a central database listing of graduates that is available to all major North American insurance companies. These companies are able to access this database, and then contact Asheford graduates directly.
"When I have finished your Plans, will I receive a Diploma?"
Yes, when you have completed all Course examinations successfully, you will be awarded a beautiful diploma certifying the completion of your Asheford Institute Of Antiques training in antiques, collectibles and appraising.