...what is an IRV?


An IRV (Institute Registered Valuer) is a qualified, experienced and knowledgeable expert in whom you can trust.

Jewellery valuations require expertise and discipline in order to ensure that descriptions are precise, identifications correct and measurements accurate.

  • To become an IRV Member (MIRV) the following pre-requisites are required of the applicant:
    • The Certificate of Appraisal Theory (CAT) or its predecessor, the Professional Jewellers' Valuation Diploma (PJValDip).  Click here for full details on CAT  and here for an enrolment form.
    • A minimum of five years' experience in the jewellery trade/industry.
    • A gemmological qualification (which must include practical hands-on identification of some kind)*.
    • A diamond grading training certificate (which must include practical hands-on grading/assessment of some kind)*.
    • Applicants will also be required to submit sample valuations.

There is an application fee to pay.

*Suggested courses/qualifications can be found here.

  • All IRVs must amass Continuing Professional Development points.
  • An MIRV can graduate to IRV Fellow (FIRV) status by completing a Continuing Professional Development Plan within a specified period: this includes a Grade A pass (85%+) in the Institute's monitoring exercise  From 2017 they also have to have been an MIRV for at least three years.  To find out more about Fellow status and for a current list of FIRVs click here.
  • All IRVs must submit examples of their valuation work for inspection and approval by the Institute on a regular basis.
  • All IRVs must abide by the NAJ's Principles of Good Practice for Valuers

Want to know more about joining the Institute?  Please email irv@naj.co.uk.

(All valuers who were members of the Association's original Registered Valuers Scheme automatically became IRV Members when the Institute was launched in September 2008.)


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