Summer 2018 Member Profile: Craig Harrington, SRA, AI-RRS

In each newsletter, we will feature a North Star Chapter Member.  This quarter we're highlighting Craig Harrington, SRA, AI-RRS, one of this year's recipients of the Appraisal Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.

North Star (NS): How long have you been a member of the Appraisal Institute?
Craig Harrington (CH): I have been a designated member since January 17, 1984, and I don’t remember how long I was a candidate or an associate before that.

NS: How and why have you gotten involved with AI?
CH: Initially, I thought it was a great way to network with valuation professionals, and AI needed volunteers on committees to carry out the work.  In reflection, it has been a rewarding experience for me personally as you become more knowledgeable as an appraiser by interacting and learning from the top valuation experts at the chapter, regional, and national levels.  Those experts are also volunteering their time to further the goals of the Appraisal Institute and they are willing to share their insights and expertise with fellow volunteers. 

From an education standpoint, it was Rich DuBay (my friend of over 30 years) that recommended me to Fran Rosenstein at AI National.  Fran called me to ask if I would teach and develop education for AI based on what Rich told her.  That’s where my involvement with AI National really began.  What I’m most proud of are the two core courses I developed for AI back in 2004.  They were Basic Appraisal Principles and Basic Appraisal Procedures.  Those courses have stood the test of time and many of the illustrations I created for the courses are now in The Appraisal of Real Estate, 14th edition.  The second thing I’m most proud of is the creation of the Review Process flowchart that is the core of our Review Designation Courses.

NS: How has being a member of AI affected your appraisal career?
CH: My appraisal work comes from referrals and a large portion of those referrals are from AI Members, many who have served with me on various committees, project teams and panels.

NS: What does receiving the AI Lifetime Achievement Award mean to you?
CH: It makes me feel old (which I am) because recipients of this award are often in the late stages of their career.  I retired from appraisal assignments in 2016, but I’m still heavily involved in the business as an eminent domain commissioner, and also with the Appraisal Institute as I continue to develop courses and seminars and facilitate a number of online AI courses.


Wondering what kind of participation and dedication it takes to be chosen for the AI Lifetime Achievement Award? Take a look at a (summarized) overview of  Craig's leadership roles in the Appraisal Institute at the Chapter, Regional, and National levels.


  • Vice Chair Candidate Guidance Committee
  • Board of Directors (two terms)
  • Instructor of AI Courses for the North Star Chapter


  • Residential Council Member for Region III (3-year term – this is also a national committee)


  • Chair – Education Committee (two terms as chair and additional years as a member)
  • Chair – Seminars Subcommittee
  • Vice Chair – Curriculum Committee
  • Chair – Professional Development Programs Subcommittee
  • Member – Strategic Planning Committee
  • Member – International Relations Committee (current member)
  • Member – Comprehensive Exam Panel (current member)
  • Member – Governance Structure Project Team (current member)
  • Facilitator – Instructor Qualifying Conference (since 2003)


Bio: Craig Harrington, SRA, AI-RRS, has been an appraiser for 44 years.  Mr. Harrington’s private appraisal and consulting practice specializes in litigation issues and he also provides consulting on a variety of real estate-related projects.  Craig’s career includes eight years in appraisal management as a consultant to financial institutions.  He has taught Appraisal Institute courses and seminars in 45 states and he has been an online developer and instructor of AI courses and seminars for 18 years.  Mr. Harrington is a Certified National USPAP Instructor and a past developer of The Appraisal Foundation’s 7-Hour and 15-Hour National USPAP Courses.  He is a current developer of the Appraisal Institute’s online equivalent versions of the 7-Hour and 15-Hour USPAP Courses and is a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) through the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC).

Craig is principal developer of the 30-hour course Basic Appraisal Principles that is used by the Appraisal Institute (AI), the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO).  Mr. Harrington also developed the Appraisal Institute’s Basic Appraisal Procedures course and co-developed the Institute’s review curriculum, Review Theory and Review Case Studies, which are the required courses for the Appraisal Institute’s AI-RRS and AI-GRS review designations.  Mr. Harrington has been honored with several national awards for his contributions to appraisal education including, the Dr. William N. Kinnard, Jr. Award, the James H. Pritchett Award, and the President’s Award at the Appraisal Institute’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.