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Our Mission

The mission of the Appraisal Institute Education department is to develop programs to meet the training and professional development needs of real estate appraisers. Through our programs, individuals gain the skills and knowledge required to meet Appraisal Institute and state continuing professional development needs. Our programs also contribute to individuals meeting the education requirements for the Appraisal Institute professional designations.

Approvals for Appraisal Institute Education

Appraisal Institute education programs are submitted to the following national regulators.  Most states approve programs after national regulators approve them.  Always confirm with your state that a program is approved before registering.


The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) is appointed by The Appraisal Foundation and establishes the qualification criteria for state licensing, certification and re-certification of appraisers. FIRREA mandates that all state certified appraisers must meet the minimum education, experience and examination requirements promulgated by the AQB. The AQB has also developed voluntary criteria for personal property appraisers.


The International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC) is a subsidiary of The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO). In 2000, the success of the ARELLO Distance Education Certification program created demand for another certification credential that could be used in industries beyond real estate. Regulatory agencies in the appraisal industry have recognized IDECC Certification as the leading credential for distance education courses.

Qualifying Education for Licensing/Certification

The Appraisal Institute Qualifying Education curriculum is designed specifically to meet the education requirements established by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) and helps you prepare for the licensing exam in your state.

Level Hours
Appraiser Trainee 75
Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser 150
Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser 200
Certified General Real Property Appraiser 300

AI Designation Education

Obtaining a designation from the Appraisal Institute will elevate you into the upper echelon of valuation experts.

With an Appraisal Institute designation behind your name, you will be recognized immediately for your knowledge, experience and integrity. View the AI Designation Education - Appraisal or Review - you may find out that you already have credit for one or more of these Appraisal Institute courses.

Continuing Education

Fulfill your state continuing education requirements with Appraisal Institute Continuing Education programs. With programs offered both in the classroom and online, Appraisal Institute Continuing Education programs provide convenience, flexibility and a wealth of knowledge to both commercial and residential appraisers.

Professional Development Programs

The Appraisal Institute offers professional development programs on topics that cover a body of knowledge in a specialty allowing participants to obtain educational competency in a property type or specialty area.

Participants who are eligible and who successfully complete a program will be placed on the program’s registry located on the Appraisal Institute web site. Completion of a program shows potential clients and employers that participants have completed education and passed related course exams in the particular specialized topic.

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