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7 Steps To Get Your Real Estate Appraisal License

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									7 Steps To Get Your Real Estate Appraisal License
Are you considering becoming a Real Estate Appraiser? If so or are just thinking about it, you will
need to do the following steps in order to get there.
Step 1: Check Your State's Requirements
Each state has their own Appraisal Regulatory Board that administers and regulates the licensing and
certification of appraisers. For the most part, the pre-requisites should be fairly uniform as they are
set by the Appraisal Qualifications Board or AQB of the Appraisal Foundation.
As of January 1, 2008, to become a licensed residential appraiser you will need:
• 2,000 experience hours
• 90 education hours
• pass the exam
To become a Certified Residential Appraiser, you will need:
• 2,500 experience hours
• 120 education hours
• pass the exam
To become a Certified General Appraisal, you will need:
• 3,000 experience hours
• 180 education hours
• pass the exam

Step 2: Take the Required College Courses
The new requirements as of January 1, 2008, to become a Certified Residential Appraiser can be met
with either an Associates Degree or higher in any field of study or you can take 21 hours in specific
fields.
To become a Certified General Appraiser you will need a Bachelors Degree or higher in any field or
30 hours in predetermined fields of study including:
• English Composition
• Principles of Economics (Micro or Macro)
• Finance
• Algebra, Geometry, or higher mathematics
• Statistics
• Various Computer Courses
• Business or Real Estate Law

Step 3: Take Required Appraisal Courses
On top of the required college coursework, you will also be required to complete a core curriculum in
appraisal courses in the following modules:
• Basic Appraisal Principles
• Basic Appraisal Procedures
• Residential Market Analysis
• Highest and Best Use
• National USPAP Course
Some places will teach you principles you will need to be successful in your career. Others will simply
take your money and teach you how to pass the state test. Both are important, but learning the
principles properly will be better for you in the long run. Keep this in mind when searching for your
appraisal school.
Step 4: Find a Mentor
As state earlier, along with the education hours you are also required to have experience hours. You
will have to find an appraiser who is in good standing to train under who will sign off on your work and
serve as a mentor. Basically, you will have to treat this as a job search and eventually an interview.
And, network with as many people as possible.
You have to bring something to the table that can help that appraiser with his or her business. Maybe
you have a client in mind you can bring in to start doing work for. Maybe you are up-to-date on new
technology or computer software that can make that appraiser's job easier. Whatever it happens to
be, you must be steadfast and diligent. Knock on enough doors and you will find your mentor. If you
are apprehensive, consider taking personal growth and development classes like those offered online
at Success University.
Step 5: Study Hard and Take the State Test
The state test is difficult and I heard through the grapevine they are going to make it harder. To get an
idea and see some sample questions, go to psiexams.com. This is the company who administered
the test in Louisiana and more than likely does it nationwide but don't hold me to that. Now I think it is
available online but I'm not familiar with the procedure as I took it at a certified testing facility. Either
way it is difficulty - study hard.
Step 6: Apply for Your Appraisal License
Once you've taken the required coursework, completed your experience hours, and passed your
state's test, you will now be ready to apply for your appraisal license.
At this point you are probably asking yourself if all of this is worth it. That's a question you will have to
answer for yourself. The opportunity and the money is there for those who are persistent and willing
to sacrifice to go for it. None of this is easy but it is all worth it in the long run.
Not to discourage you, but one thing nobody told me what that on top of all these requirements there
is also a fee for everything! You will pay a fee to apply for your license, to take your exam, to have
your experience hours reviewed and a fee to renew your license every two years.
As always, check with your state regulatory board on what forms and fees are required. Keep good
records and especially keep up with your experience hours as you go.
Step 7: Continuing Education
In the appraisal profession we are required to take 30 hours of continuing education over a two year
period. Our licenses are good for two years so license renewal basically coincides with continuing ed.
You can opt to take 15 hours of continuing ed per year if you wish.
Personally, I took my continuing ed online at mckissock.com which is where my wife is taking hers as
I type. I've also noticed that the Appraisal Institute is offering online classes as well.
You are required to take the 7 hours USPAP course every two years so that will be part of you 30
hour requirement. I think I paid $200 to renew my license after I paid $450 to take 30 hours of
continuing ed.
Again, I'm not trying to discourage you but I do want you to be aware of the costs. You can make
great money as an appraiser, but an old adage holds true: "it takes money to make money".
Study hard, be aware of the fees and costs ahead of time, and prepare for your future.

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