The AIC Education Program leads to AIC's designations, the Canadian Residential Appraiser (CRA) and Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI). The CRA and AACI programs require completion of specified courses as well as a residential or income case study. The number of courses required depends on each student's academic background. Exemptions and transfer credit are considered for previous post-secondary education, so most students achieve their designation without taking all the specified courses – see the "Achieving the CRA & AACI" program charts below.
All courses are designed to be completed by distance education, with written projects and multiple-choice assignments submitted according to a set schedule, followed by a final examination. The internet is used extensively as a learning resource.
Most courses are 13 weeks in length. Most courses are offered in Winter Term 1 (September - December) and in Winter Term 2 (January - April), with selected courses also available also in Summer Term 1 (June - September). Subject to prerequisites, students may take the courses in any order. Most AIC Education Program students are working professionals and find one course per term manageable. Students wishing to accelerate their program however, may register for more than one course at the same time.
Successful completion of AIC's courses will earn students between 50 and 60 degree credits toward the Bachelor of Business in Real Estate Program (BBRE), as offered by the University of British Columbia (UBC).