IFAS Designation (source: National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers - http://www.naifa.com/member/require/index.html)
IFAS – Senior Member is a designation awarded to the income-producing property specialist who is a Member of the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA).
NAIFA was founded in 1961 as a non profit professional association of real estate appraisers. Today, NAIFA has chapters throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Association’s objectives are to raise the standards of the appraisal profession, gain recognition for its members as qualified professionals, and to promote fellowship among appraisers. There are seven  levels of membership with four  professional designations plus two  designation programs for designated members of other associations that sponsor The Appraisal Foundation.
IFAS designates must first meet the requirements for the IFA-Member designation and must meet the other following requirements for IFAS – Senior Member status:
- Complete a minimum of 165 classroom hours in subjects related to real-estate appraisal including Course 2.0, 2.1, and 2.2 or their equivalent, but at no time shall be below minimum number of hours required by the Appraiser Qualifications Board for the Certified General Classification and shall include coverage of USPAP
Completed at least four  years of college or its equivalent
Receive credit for 3,000 hours of appraisal experience in no less than two  years. At least half of the 3,000 hours must include appraisals other than one  to four  family residential properties.
Submit an original and one copy of an acceptable narrative demonstration appraisal report on an income producing property, which must conform with prescribed guidelines of NAIFA. Also must submit an Experience Rating Form (ERF), which must be approved by the Chapter Admissions Committee.
Because of its rigorous education and experience requirements and commitment to adhere to strict industry standards and a professional code of ethics, you can be confident an appraiser with an IFAS – Senior Member designation will provide you with the very highest quality residential appraisal service.