How to Get an Appraiser License in Alabama

License levels recognized in Alabama

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  1. Trainee Real Property Appraiser
  2. State Registered Real Property Appraiser
  3. Licensed Real Property Appraiser
  4. Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser
  5. Certified General Real Property Appraiser
Alabama Appraiser License

Steps to becoming an appraiser in the state of Alabama

STEP 1: Find a supervisor/mentor to work with to log your experience hours. (Suggestions for finding a supervisor/mentor)

 

STEP 2: Successfully complete 75 hours of qualifying education courses  approved by the Board.  In addition, successfully complete the AQB approved Supervisory/Trainee Course. Successful completion requires passing the course final examinations for each course with a proctor. Proctoring requirement only applies to qualifying education and does not include the Supervisory course. (Course Online Proctoring Policy and Requirements)

 

  1. Basic Appraisal Principles - 30 hours
  2. Basic Appraisal Procedures - 30-hours
  3. National USPAP Course or Equivalent - 15 hours
  4. Supervisor/Trainee Course - 4 hours

STEP 3: Submit the Application and fee to AL REAB which includes:

  1. Forms (Application Instructions) (Application) (Fact Sheet for Trainee Appraisers)
  2. Fees (included on application)
  3. Education - completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience (Application for Mentor Status) (Experience Log) (Experience Points Handbook)

STEP 4: Fingerprint and background check is required. (Background Check/Fingerprint Information)

STEP 5: Examination Process Trainees must pass the national examination approved by AQB and AL REAB. Alabama national exam provider is AMP.

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McKissock courses and online delivery method are approved by the Alabama Real Estate Appraisals Board and International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC).

McKissock is the exclusive provider of The Appraisal Foundation's national online USPAP course for the past 10 years.

Alabama Appraiser License

Next steps after getting or upgrading your Alabama appraiser license

As an Appraisal licensee, you must renew your license every year. Alabama appraisal licenses expire annually on 9/30. Education is due every 2 years on 9/30 on the odd year.

Education Requirements

  • All appraisers, including Trainees, are required to take 28 hours of continuing education every two years.
  • 28 hours is to include a 7-hour USPAP Update course.
  • All hours including USPAP can be taken online.
  • Licenses are renewed annually on 9/30, but CE is due every two years on the odd year.

Please read before you renew

  • Annual license renewal begins on 8/1 for the upcoming licensure year 10/1 through 9/30.
  • All renewals should be submitted by 9/30 to keep your license valied and avoid late fees.  September 30 postmarks will be honored.
  • Our Board sends an updated appraiser report to the Appraisal Subcommittee daily during renewals.
  • AL REAB does not report to the FHA. The FHA receives their reports from the Appraisal Subcommittee.

Renew Online

  • If you do not receive a confirmation email very soon after you complete your online renewal, please contact technical support at 866.353.3468 or email [email protected].
  • Policy related questions should be directed to Carolyn Greene at 334.242.1153 or email [email protected].
  • If you are selected for audit, you may mail or email your education certificates to [email protected].
  • Fees are as follows:
    • Trainee Real Property Appraiser - $346.73 ($335.00 + $11.73 processing fee)
    • State Registered Real Property Appraiser - $346.73 ($335.00 + $11.73 processing fee)
    • Licensed Real Property Appraiser - $388.13 ($335 fee + $40 national registry fee + $13.13 processing fee)
    • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser - $388.13 ($335 fee + $40 national registry fee + $13.13 processing fee)
    • Certified General Real Property Appraiser - $388.13 ($335 fee + $40 national registry fee + $13.13 processing fee)
    • Deliquent charge if not received by October 31 - $250.00

*Illegal to do appraisals after this date until all fees are paid.

ONLINE RENEWAL LINK

Renew by Mail

License renewal requests will be returned if they are missing the following:

  • All blanks on form filled out
  • Enclosed check with the renewal fees

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Steps to upgrade your appraiser license in the state of Alabama

STEP 1: Hold a valid appriasal license and successfully complete the additional required qualifying education courses (see course requirements below by license level). Successful completion of qualifying education courses requires passing the course final examination for each course with a proctor. (Course Online Proctoring Policy and Requirements)

STEP 2: Complete and document all required experience hours for your upgrade level.

  • State Registered Real Property Appraiser - Provide 1,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 12 months
  • Licensed Residential Appraiser - Provide 1,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 6 months
  • Certified Residential Appraiser - Provide 1,500 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 12 months
  • Certified General Appraiser - Provide 3,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 18 months of which a minimum of 1,500 hours must be non-residential real property appraisal experience

STEP 3: Complete courses and maintain copies of transcripts for all college level requirements.

  • Certified Residential Appraiser - (See table at top of page or view requirements HERE)
  • Certified General Appraiser - You must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

STEP 4: Submit the Application package which includes:

  1. Forms (Application Instructions) (Application
  2. Fees (on application)
  3. Education – completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience (Experience Log) (Experience Points Handbook)
  5. Fingerprint and background check is required. (Background Check/Fingerprint information)

STEP 5: Examination Process Must pass the national examination approved by AQB and AL REAB. Alabama national exam provider is AMP.

 

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*Continuing education requirements and process for license upgrade displayed in above renewal section.

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Qualifying education requirements by license level

Trainee Real Property Appraiser (75 hours) - AQB recommended course order
  • Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours
  • National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 hours
  • Supervisor/Trainee Course – 4 hours
State Registered Real Property Appraiser (75 hours) - AQB recommended course order (same education requirement as trainee - has required experience hours)
  • Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours
  • National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 hours
  • Supervisor/Trainee Course – 4 hours
Licensed Real Property Appraiser (150 hours) - AQB recommended course order
  • Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours
  • National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 hours
  • Supervisor/Trainee Course – 4 hours
  • Residential Market Analysis and Highest And Best Use – 15 hours
  • Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach – 15 hours
  • Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches – 30 hours
  • Residential Report Writing and Case Studies – 15 hours
Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser (200 hours) - AQB recommended course order
  • Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours
  • National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 hours
  • Supervisor/Trainee Course – 4 hours
  • Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use – 15 hours
  • Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach – 15 hours
  • Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches – 30 hours
  • Residential Report Writing and Case Studies – 15 hours
  • Statistics, Modeling or Finance – 15 hours
  • Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies 15 hours
  • Appraisal Subject Matter Electives 20 hours
Certified General Real Property Appraiser (300 hours) - AQB recommended course order
  • Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours
  • National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 hours
  • Supervisor/Trainee Course – 4 hours
  • General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use – 30 hours
  • Statistics, Modeling and Finance – 15 hours
  • General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach – 30 hours
  • General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach – 30 hours
  • General Appraiser Income Approach – 60 hours
  • General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies – 30 hours
  • Appraisal Subject Matter Electives – 30 hours

*These pages were updated on November, 2020.  Please review the state board/commission page to determine if any changes have been made to the process since then.