Educational Requirements

The following is a summary of education and experience requirements for obtaining certification as a real estate appraiser.

Appraiser Assistant

A person desiring to participate in an appraiser training program must register with the Board and work under the direct supervision of one or more licensees who have been certified with the Board for a minimum of 24 months, are in good standing with the Board, and have a valid Supervising Appraiser Endorsement. Experience gained prior to registration will be not accepted. Prior to registering with the Board, an Appraiser Assistant applicant must:

1. Complete 75 hours of qualifying education in the following categories and successfully pass the applicable final examinations:

(a)  15-hour Appraisal Foundation’s National USPAP course, or its equivalent, within two (2) years preceding the date of application;

(b)  30-hour Basic Appraisal Principles course within five (5) years preceding the date of application. The five-year requirement does not apply to licensees that register as an Appraiser Assistant to upgrade their license or certificate;

(c)  30-hour Basic Appraisal Procedures course within five (5) years preceding the date of application.The five-year requirement does not apply to licensees that register as an Appraiser Assistant to upgrade their license or certificate; and

2.  Attend a four-hour Board approved Supervising Appraiser/Appraiser Assistant Training Course and successfully pass the final exam.  To locate a course provider offering this four-hour course, click on the Education tab on the home page and then click on the link “Find an approved course (Search Database)”.  In the Search Education Database, enter the words “Supervising Appraiser” in the Course field and hit the Search button.

State Licensed Appraiser

Applicant must have successfully completed 30 semester hours or 45 quarter credit hours, or higher,  of college-level education from an accredited college or university.  The following categories and credit hours must be completed with the successful passage of an examination, as specified in these rules:

  1. Course(s) on Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours in not less than 15 hour increments);
  2. Course(s) on Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours in not less than 15 hour increments);
  3. Course(s) on Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours);
  4. Course(s) on Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours);
  5. Course(s) on Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches (30 hours in no less than 15 hour increments);
  6. Course(s) on Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 hours); and
  7. The Appraisal Foundation’s National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours).

State Certified Residential Appraiser

Applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university.   In addition to the Bachelor’s degree, 200 hours of qualifying education courses in the following categories and credit hours must be completed, with the successful passage of the course final exams, as specified in these rules:

  1. Course(s) on Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours in not less than 15 hour increments);
  2. Course(s) on Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours in not less than 15 hour increments);
  3. Course(s) on Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours);
  4. Course(s) on Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours);
  5. Course(s) on Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches (30 hours in no less than 15 hour increments);
  6. Course(s) on Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 hours);
  7. Course(s) on Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours);
  8. Course(s) on Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies (15 hours);
  9. Electives (20 hours);
  10. The Appraisal Foundation’s National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours).

State Certified General Appraiser

Applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university.  In addition to the Bachelor’s degree, 300 hours of qualifying education courses in the following categories and credit hours must be completed, with the successful passage of the course final exams, as specified in these rules:

  1. Course(s) on Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours in not less than 15 hour increments);
  2. Course(s) on Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours in not less than 15 hour increments);
  3. Course(s) on General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (30 hours in not less than 15 hour increments);
  4. Course(s) on Satistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours);
  5. Course(s) on General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach (30 hours in not less than 15 hour increments);
  6. Course(s) on General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (30 hours in not less than 15 hour increments);
  7. Course(s) on General Appraiser Income Approach (60 hours in not less than 15 hour increments);
  8. Course(s) on General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (30 hours in not less than 15 hour increments);
  9. Electives (30 hours in not less than 15 hour increments);
  10. The Appraisal Foundation’s National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours).