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Master Certified Business Appraisers (MCBA)

The Master Certified Business Appraiser is the highest professional designation awarded in the business valuation industry and recognizes the extraordinary competence of a few highly skilled and experienced individuals whose work has been widely accepted by clients and acknowledged by their most senior professional colleagues. It is a designation not commonly available except to the best-of-the-best professional appraisers and is intended to indicate to users of appraisal services that the holder has achieved a high distinction of competence in his/her profession.

In order to obtain the MCBA designation, please review the requirements below.

 ›  MCBA Credential Requirements

  • Must be an active subscriber to ADAM.
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  • Applicant must possess a four-year college degree and a two-year post-graduate degree or equivalent in appraisal experience and provide proof of this to the IBA in the form specified by the Executive Director.
  • Education: Applicant must possess a four-year college degree and a two-year post-graduate degree or equivalent. Contact IBA for past equivalence consideration.
  • Appraisal Experience and Tenure: An applicant must have held the Certified Business Appraiser designation for not less than 10 years and must have 15 years full-time experience as a business appraiser. The applicant’s experience must include valuation of a variety of business types and appraisals for a variety of purposes. Proof in support of an applicant’s appraisal experience and tenure shall be provided. Recognition by Other Professional Societies: The applicant must hold a journeyman level professional designation awarded by one or more compeer professional business appraisal societies. Acceptable professional designations include: ABV, ASA, AVA, CBV, CFA, CFE, CFF, CFFA, CVA (other credentials may apply).
  • References: An applicant must provide references from three individuals, who hold the professional designation Master Certified Business Appraiser or, a member of the Board of Governors (BOG) can be used, and who, based on their comprehensive review of the applicant's work-product, will vouch for 1) the excellence of his/her analytical skills and appraisal work product, 2) his/her professional and ethical character, and 3) his/her contribution to the betterment of the profession of business appraisal.
  • Membership in IBA: An applicant must be a member in good standing of the Institute of Business Appraisers and must be a current on his/her subscription dues to the Appraisal Database and Mentoring services (ADAM).
  • Application for Accreditation: Application for Accreditation shall be made to the Institute of Business Appraisers by Petition for Award of Master Certified Business Appraiser Designation. Such petition must fully set forth and document the manner in which the applicant believes that the requirements as to education, references, appraisal experience, and tenure have been met.
  • Review of Petitions for Award of Designation: Petitions for Award of Master Certified Business Appraiser designation will be reviewed by the BOG Chair and either approved or disapproved at his/her sole discretion based on the information provided by the applicant.
  • Payment of Fees: Petition for Accreditation shall be accompanied by payment of a fee of $595.00. (Fee subject to change).
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  • Applications for Award of Master Certified Business Appraiser Designation will be reviewed by the Board of Governors and either approved or disapproved at their sole discretion based on the information provided by the applicant.

The Institute of Business Appraisers Recertification and Continuing Professional Education Requirements apply to all
holders of the Master Certified Business Appraisers, Certified Business Appraiser, Accredited by IBA designations.

Once obtained, this credential may be used on business stationary, business cards, etc., as long as the member remains in good standing with IBA.