Courses & Education

The need for quality appraisals continues to grow dramatically in business today. Whether to achieve accreditation within your field, gain more knowledge to better understand appraisal reports in the ever-changing business world or to acquire Continuing Education Credits for your credentials – sign up today or contact us to discuss how CPPAG training can benefit you and your business.

Who Takes the CPPAG Course

Our candidates/graduates come from a wide variety of industries and professions such as: 

Banks and Lending Institutions

Trustees in Bankruptcy

Estate Trustees

Antique Dealers

Oilfield and Forestry Specialists


Accountants and Tax Firms

Insurance Professionals

Heavy Equipment Dealers

Real Estate Appraisers

Industrial Plant & Machinery Dealers


Museum Curators

Non-profit Organizations

Downsizing Specialists


Upcoming Courses

Now Available Online

Act now and enroll today by completing the application form. By enrolling early, you save 
$100 in tuition and you will be able to make thousands more, starting the day you 
graduate. It’s a great way to supplement your existing income and increase your 
appraisal potential. 
(Eastern / Toronto Timezone)
Thursday Evening: 6:30pm – 9:00pm 
Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm 
Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm 
Sunday Morning: 9:00am – 11:30am 

November 3 – 6, 2022

November 3 – 6, 2022
Register before October 13th, 2022, and save $100!

Cost: $1,320.00 (plus $171.60 HST) Total: $ 1,491.60
Before October 13th, 2022: $1,220.00 (plus $158.60 HST) Total: $ 1,378.60

Registration deadline: October 27, 2022

In order to meet the continuing demand for Canadian Personal Property Appraisers, the CPPAG appraisers training and accreditation program has been successfully adapted to provide online learning. You may now stay safe at home and fully participate from the comfort of your own home or office. You will need a high-speed internet connection in order to fluidly participate. A desk top or a lap top computer will provide the best learning experience. Please register early so that we may properly facilitate our set-up requirements and communicate back to you with proper instructions.


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“The course gives me ideas, concepts & confidence that reinforces and improves my current tasks as a pricer & evaluator.”

Mark Englander
Around the Block, Toronto, ON

“It was an amazing course with excellent teaching and material. All the instructors were incredible and awesome.”

Lavi Gidwani
Business Appraiser, Edmonton, AB

“Great course. I couldn’t be happier with the value of knowledge that was presented.”

Gavin W. Anger
Construction & Heavy Equipment, St. Catherine’s, ON

“Very palatable content. Excellent, experienced instructors from diverse backgrounds.”

Justin Miller
Miller and Miller Auctions Ltd., Baden, ON

Course Instructors


Orangeville, ON

With over 30 years of experience in appraising machinery and equipment, Andrew is a seasoned veteran when it comes to valuations in the following industries: Machine Tools, Plastic, Woodworking, Food Processing, Printing, Transportation and Pulp and Paper.

Andrew is also a regular instructor for the Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group and a graduate of the Southwestern Ontario School of Auctioneering.

* (USPAP) Personal Property Appraisal Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Course (2015)

* (CEA) Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraiser with the Association of Machinery & Equipment Appraisers (AMEA)

* (CSA) Senior Certified Appraiser with the Equipment Appraisers Association of North America

* Accredited Appraiser – Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group

* Member – Machinery Dealers National Association (Secretary Canadian Chapter, Voluntary Board Member)


Owen Sound, ON

Pat has been an active auctioneer and appraiser with Jim Snider’s Sydenham Auction & Appraisal Services Inc., in Owen Sound, since 1996. He also works for Manheim Auctions at the Toronto Auto Auction in Milton, ON. In 1996, Pat retired from the Canadian Forces after 20 years of service with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He has received the Standards Certification (Personal Property Component) of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

* (CPPA) Canadian Personal Personal Appraisers Group – Graduate and Member since 1996

* (CAI) Certified Auctioneers Institute – Indianna University – Graduate and Member since 1999


Owen Sound, ON

Jim is a second generation auctioneer/appraiser and owner of Jim Snider’s Sydenham Auction & Appraisal Services and the Rockford Auction Centre, a full service general auction and appraisal practice. He has experience in all aspects of the industries since 1978. Jim is a co-founder and President of the Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group.

* (CPPA) Canadian Personal Personal Appraisers Group – Graduate and Member since 1995

* (CAI) Certified Auctioneers Institute – Indianna University – Graduate and Member since 1998


London, ON

John has been active in the auction/appraisal industry since 1978. He is the President of McKenzie’s Associated Auctioneers Inc., one of Ontario’s leading commercial/industrial auction companies and operator of Ontario’s largest weekly public automobile auction. In addition, John is a co-founder and Vice-President of the Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group.

* (CPPA) Canadian Personal Personal Appraisers Group – Graduate and Member since 1995

* (CAI) Certified Auctioneers Institute – Indianna University – Graduate and Member since 1998


B.A. (Hons), CPPA
London, ON

Moira McKee is the Director and Owner of EXCAVO, a London Art Gallery and Appraisal practice with a focus on fine art and antique appraisals and the representation of emerging, international artists. A professionally trained appraiser, Moira completed her Honours Specialization in Art History & Criticism from The University of Western Ontario (2011), followed by Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and Appraisal Studies in Fine & Decorative Arts at New York University (2012), with additional experience working in the auction business.

* (CPPA) Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group – Graduate and Member since 2016

Ready to get started?

Register for a course today to become an accredited Canadian Personal Property Appraiser

Course Outline

Session 1: The Basic Principles of Appraisal

Whether appraising fine art or farm machinery, the approaches to appraisal are basically the same. Our instructors will identify and elaborate upon these principles.

Session 2: The Basic Elements of Appraisal

There are numerous elements that are essential to a professional appraisal report. Learning these elements and when to apply them will prepare you for any type of appraisal report.

Session 3: The Different Approaches to Value

In this section we will cover the numerous approaches to value giving the appraiser the necessary latitude to write any complexity of reports.

Session 4: Bankruptcy Valuations

Sometimes, there are special circumstances unique to bankruptcy cases. We will show you how to handle these situations and maintain the integrity of your report.

Session 5: Business Equipment and Machinery Valuations

There is an ever increasing demand for accurate appraisal services to serve bankruptcy trustees and inspectors. We will show you the value of a professional appraisal report.

Session 6: Farm Equipment and Livestock Valuations

Our qualified instructors will conduct workshops dealing with farm related assets, allowing you to perform such appraisals regardless of your familiarity in this area.

Session 7: Divorce Valuations

In this section, our experts will share advice and offer tips on what can sometimes be a “delicate” situation. Accurate methods of valuation and their quick execution will help to build your reputation as a reliable divorce appraiser.

Session 8: Estate Valuations

This popular area of appraisal demand may serve as a stepping stone for additional work. Suggestions on properly handling these appraisals may increase your income.

Session 9: Appraising Accidental / Casualty Losses

Instructors will discuss casualty losses and the appraisal criteria and potential.

Session 10: Insurance Valuations

Are insurance valuations treated differently by appraisers? Sometimes they are. We will teach you when and how to accommodate them.

Session 11: Valuation Techniques Workshop

Case studies and worksheets are two of the methods used in this section to give our students hands on experience in determining value.

Session 12: Report Writing Workshop

Our program will provide written sample reports discussing the importance of the various key ingredients that must be included to give you a highly credible and professional-looking report.

Session 13: How To Source Price Information

Learn how to research price information that will substantiate your report. It is easier than you may think, even when dealing with an unfamiliar subject. Let us show you how.

Session 14: CPPAG Code of Ethics

Like any professional organization, the conduct and integrity of its members is governed by a code of ethics. We will discuss the CPPAG Code of Ethics and expected standards of practice that you will be required to maintain. We will discuss USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice), appraisal standards which have been generally accepted by most North American Appraisal organizations.

Session 15: Professional Liability

Appraisers are not exempt from the law. In this section, our instructors will discuss your responsibility for the documents you produce.

Session 16: Being An Expert Witness

The workings of the courtroom, its processes, and the weight given to your professional opinion are covered in this section. Learn how to communicate and support your appraisal as an expert witness.

Session 17: How to Organize and Prepare a Professional Appraisal Report

The appraisal report is a reflection of your knowledge and experience to any of its readers. In this section, learning how to produce an accurate and polished report is the main focus. Your report must be organized and written with a professionalism that gives credibility to your findings and your reputation.

Session 18: Final Examination

A final examination will be administered to ensure that all participants have an acceptable comprehension of the material they have been exposed to. Successful completion of the course material and acceptable completion of the Disclosure Form will earn your membership to the Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group. You will become an Accredited Personal Property Appraiser and earn the “CPPA” designation which entitles you to use the CPPAG logo on business cards, letterhead, and promotional material. It will add prestige and credibility to your work and increase prospective client potential, through referrals, as it is circulated among the business community.

Early Bird Discount

Register early and save! Applications received at least three weeks before the course start date received a $100 discount.

Membership Fees

Upon successful completion of the course and acceptance as a member, you will receive your CPPA designation and professional accreditation. Your first year membership is included in the tuition.