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Section 1 - Eligibility for membership: Application for membership shall be open to any person who is actively engaged in or concerned with real estate appraising or appraisal education. Membership shall be granted after completion and receipt of a membership application and annual dues.
1a: There shall be four (4) membership categories: Appraiser (voting) members shall include all real estate appraisers who are either certified or licensed by the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB). Associate (non-voting) members shall include all others who are eligible for membership including appraiser trainees. Honorary (non-voting) members shall include former Appraiser Members who are retired and were members in good standing for at least five (5) years to be extended to ten (10) years on the tenth anniversary of the ATA. ATA Life Member (voting) shall include any real estate appraiser who has been awarded this status by the Board of Directors.
Section 2 - Annual dues: Annual dues for appraiser members shall be $125 each year and for associate members, $50 each year, unless changed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the board.
Section 3 - Termination: Continued membership shall be contingent upon payment of annual dues. A member can have their membership terminated for good cause by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the board.
ARTICLE III -- DESIGNATIONS (Excerpt from the Bylaws) Click here for a list of designated or charter members Download Designation Application or complete a Designation Application on-line Section 1 - Application for Designation: Members may apply for a designation by filling out an application form and paying a one time designation fee of $25. The following designations shall be issued to active qualifying members upon application and approval:
1a: To be awarded the Associate of Texas Appraisers - General (ATA-G) designation, the applicant must have met the requirements of the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) for General Appraiser, must hold a General Appraiser certification from the TALCB, and must meet the general requirements listed below.
1b: To be awarded the Associate of Texas Appraisers - Residential (ATA-R) designation, the applicant must have met the requirements of the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) for Residential Appraiser, must hold a Residential Appraiser certification from the TALCB, and must meet the general requirements listed below.
1c: To be awarded the Associate of Texas Appraisers - Licensed (ATA-L) designation, the applicant must have met the requirements of the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board for Licensed Appraiser (TALCB), must hold an Appraiser License from the TALCB and must meet the general requirements below.
1d: Candidates for a designation must have two years experience as a General, Residential or Licensed appraiser with TALCB and must be recommended by two designated or charter members or have 4 letters of recommendation from other appraisers(minimum of 2 by members; others may be from members or non-members) of the association.
1e: Notice of application shall be posted in the association's quarterly newsletter, in meeting notices, or through e-mail to each member so that members may advise the board if they have an opinion as to whether the awarding of a designation should be approved or not. (Amended 8-18-06)
1f: Application for designation shall be reviewed and approved by the board, at which time requested designation will be awarded to the candidate.
Section 2 - Maintenance of Designation: In order to maintain a designation, a designated member must attend at least one association meeting per year. Any request for waiver of this requirement due to extenuating circumstances must be submitted in writing to the board for approval.
Section 3 - Termination of Designation: Any designation that is awarded to a member shall at all times remain the property of the Association of Texas Appraisers and shall be returned to the association upon written request by the president of the association if an individual fails to meet the attendance requirements above, if their designation is revoked for cause, or if their membership in the association lapses or is terminated.