For experienced appraisers, the idea of lifelong learning is not a new one. The appraisal profession relies on continuously upgrading your skills and staying up-to-date. It’s not just about continuing education courses—professional development can have a significant impact on the direction of your career. It can help you find new challenges, connect with peers, and even boost your earning power. In fact, appraisers who invest in professional development earn 30% more.
With Valentine’s Day and the season of love upon us, we’ve been thinking about all the people we love, the work we love—and the reasons to love our Unlimited Learning Membership Premium. Below are our top ten reasons to love membership. Spoiler: it goes way beyond continuing education.
We love membership because it gives you the ability to:
1. Access more industry experts
A professional development webinar is a hidden gem. In any field, industry experts are often so busy that most people never get the chance to meet them. And when they do, it’s either a very brief or very expensive one-on-one.
Imagine if you had access to live webinars hosted by industry experts. Members get free access every month to discussions on some of the most talked-about topics. They also get a chance ask experts questions directly, and get their feedback.
Plus, the member content library has recordings of past webinars available to access anytime. These include recordings of quarterly webinars presented by the Appraisal Foundation and Fannie Mae.
2. Break into new niches
Appraisal is an incredibly diverse field. For example, appraisers can value everything from 500-acre alfalfa farms to two-bedroom condos. That’s part of what makes appraisers such an in-demand commodity and why it’s such an interesting career.
If you’ve never done work outside your specific area of expertise, it can be daunting to branch out and take on new projects. With access to webinars, videos, and additional resources on topics across the niche spectrum, Unlimited Learning Membership Premium is the easiest and most cost-effective way to learn about a new area within the appraisal profession.
3. Wander a massive content library
In the old days, professional development required costly mail-order courses or lengthy trips to the library. Unlimited Learning Membership Premium gives members access to 400 pieces of useful appraisal content such as videos, downloadables, and more.
The content in the member library covers a massive range of categories including residential, commercial, FHA, USPAP, and business development. There is also information on specialty niches, laws and legislation, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Plus, access to the latest data on technology and marketing for appraisers. Best of all, it’s available whenever you need it.
There are some unexpected benefits of having access to such a massive content library, too. You’ll begin to notice that having answers at a moment’s notice will make it an invaluable resource. Rather than printing off web pages or buying books, members know that the answers they’re looking for are always within reach.
4. Gain more flexibility
For many fields, professional development involves expensive seminars hosted in fancy hotels halfway around the world. But for appraisers, all those same benefits can be obtained without ever leaving the house.
McKissock courses are all available 24/7. That could be in the morning before spending time with the grandkids. Or it could be in the evening after you’ve finished with the dishes. It’s this incredible flexibility that is part of the reason why McKissock courses have over 1 million reviews with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.
Not everybody is an online learner. Some people love the classroom experience: listening to the instructor, asking questions, and bouncing ideas off fellow students. That’s why membership includes access to every appraisal course—including our live classes.
McKissock’s Unlimited Learning Membership Premium is your one-stop shop for continuing education and professional development.
5. Stay on the cutting edge
The world is changing fast, and successful appraisers know they need to keep up to stay relevant. Appraisers need access to educational resources that are as up-to-date as they are. Dusty old textbooks simply aren’t helpful.
McKissock is continuously launching new courses and content for continuing education and professional development. After all, nobody wants to take the same old course material over and over again. With access to brand new classes as soon as they’re available, you’ll stay up-to-date and compliant with all the appraisals you complete.
6. Grow your career
If you’re not already devoting a little bit of time each week to your own professional development, you’re doing yourself a disservice. It doesn’t matter what your career is. The stats show that a focus on lifelong learning can pay real dividends. The link between education and income level is significant and can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your career.
The rewards that come from honing your appraisal skills aren’t all about earning power, either. The further you develop your knowledge of appraising, the more essential you become. By staying aware of changes in technology, you can help make yourself an irreplaceable asset. You’ll also build confidence in your skills and become more efficient in your work. You may even have the opportunity to work on more interesting and challenging projects.
7. Interact with peers
One of the least-known reasons why we love membership, but one of the biggest benefits: access to an entire appraisal community.
Appraising can be solitary work at times. A community of experts to share tips and tricks, or help answer questions, can be invaluable. Interact with instructors, students, and experts in the online appraisal community to stay up-to-date.
8. Stay on track
We hate to say it, but learning isn’t always fun. For many of us, it’s all too easy to turn your attention to something else and forget your place. It doesn’t hurt to have a little help staying on track along the way. It could be keeping track of the hours you’ve completed or knowing exactly where you are in any given course. For either, there’s a convenient tracker, right in the membership dashboard.
9. Get practical, hands-on tools
Academic articles on the nature of appraising can be interesting. But for most working appraisers, what you need most is practical, hands-on tools. The most popular types of content in the Unlimited Learning Membership Premium content library are videos, checklists, and job aids.
Download the latest whitepaper, see infographics and worksheets, or listen to one of our podcasts during your commute. With downloadable templates, your job is faster and easier. Professional development is all about driving your career forward, and practical tools are the best way to make that happen.
10. Access industry partners and discounts
We’ve partnered with 15 companies who offer helpful resources and exclusive discounts to our members. Some of these partners provide industry insights, like The Appraisal Foundation. Others have profession-specific tools like Constant Contact and Cyber Insurance. And some, like Avis and Office Depot, give great discounts on things you use regularly. In each case, we hand-selected these partners to help you run your business more effectively.
These are just our top ten reasons to love membership. But there are so many more. After all, the world can never have too much love. McKissock’s Unlimited Learning Membership Premium is your one-stop shop for continuing education and professional development.