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Qualifying Education for Licensing-Certification

Turn to the Appraisal Institute for all your real estate appraisal education needs! Whether you’re working toward your real estate appraisal license or certification, you can count on the Appraisal Institute to help you achieve your career goals. In addition, our appraisal education programs are specifically designed to meet the education criteria set by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB).

Please note: Contact your state appraisal regulatory agency to make sure you have the most up-to-date information regarding your state’s current real estate appraisal education requirements and approvals.

Appraiser Trainee

To become a real property appraiser, you must first become an Appraiser Trainee. An Appraiser Trainee is subject to direct supervision by an appraiser who is certified in good standing, and may appraise those properties that his or her supervising appraiser is permitted to appraise.

If you wish to become an Appraiser Trainee, you must take courses in the following package:

Title Hours State Classroom Approval
Basic Appraisal Principles 30 State Approval
Basic Appraisal Procedures 30 State Approval
National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) Course, 15-hour 15 State Approval

As of January 1, 2015, all individuals who become Supervisory Appraisers and Trainee Appraisers will be required to take a Supervisory/Trainee Course per the 2015 Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. The Appraisal Institute offers the course below, but check with your state to find out if you will need to take the course, along with any additional requirements. 

IMPORTANT: Several states require a Supervisory Appraiser / Trainee Appraiser Course that contains state-specific material not covered in this course.  Those states include, but may not be limited to: AR, CT, IA, KY, ME, MN, MT, NC, NE, OH, OR, SD, TN, TX, UT, and WV.  In most cases, the local chapters will be adding the necessary materials to comply with their state’s requirements, but offerings taken out-of-state may not satisfy another state’s requirements.  Attending this course in-state is highly recommended and it is imperative that students confirm approval with their state regulatory agency, local chapter, or by contacting if attending out-of-state. 

Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Course FAQ

State Requirements for Supervisory, Trainee Appraisers (Excel Spreadsheet)

Title Hours State Classroom Approval
Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser Course 5 State Approval

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