How to Get an Appraiser License in Georgia

License levels recognized in Georgia

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  1. State Registered or State Trainee Appraiser
  2. State Licensed Appraiser
  3. Certified Residential Appraiser
  4. Certified General Appraiser
Georgia Appraiser License

Steps to becoming an appraiser in the state of Georgia

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a high school graduate or the holder of a certificate of equivalency

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

STEP 2: Successfully complete 90 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. Residential Report Writing and Case Studies - 15 hours
  5. Supervisor/Trainee Course - 4 hours

STEP 3: Submit the Application and fee to TALCB which includes:

  1. Forms (Application for State Registered Appraiser) (Application for State Trainee Appraiser)
  2. Fees (included on application)
  3. Education - completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience (Georgia Appraisal Experience Log)

STEP 4: Fingerprint and background check is required. A copy of the applicant's criminal history or Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) Report must accompany the application.  If the report indicates any criminal conviction, additional documentation may be required. See the application form for details. (GCIC Criminal History Information)

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Georgia Appraiser License

Next steps after getting or upgrading your Georgia appraiser license

Appraisal licenses expire annually and must be renewed by the last day of the licensee's birth month in the calendar year following the calendar year in which first registered. A licensee who registers in November, whose birthday is in February will be required to renew in February.

Renewal Process

Education Requirements

  • All active appraisers must complete 14 hours of Board-approved CE during each annual renewal period. In every two consecutive renewal periods, every appraiser must complete an AQB approved 7 hour USPAP course (the 15 hour USPAP Course does not count as a substitute).
  • Board approved appraiser schools will electronically post CE courses on to your record. Prior to renewing, use the Online Transactions section of the website to verify that all CE credits are posted.

About On-Line Renewals

You can renew your classification 24 hours a day, seven days a week, up to 120 days (4 months) prior to the renewal date. You must renew by midnight of your renewal due date to avoid lapsing and incurring a late fee.

Our office is open from Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.  If you have any problems processing your online renewal after normal business hours, please review the following information and options:

The standard renewal fees are:

  • $140 for Licensed and Certified Appraisers
  • $100 for Registered and Trainee Appraisers

Mail-in renewals must be postmarked no later than the renewal due date or the license will be considered lapsed.

Online renewals will be disounted by $25 and must be processed by midnight on the last fday of the month, or a late fee will apply.

All Approved Schools in GA are required to certify and post course completion information electronically, via our website. We do not process all that information at GREAB. If you just completed a course, most Schools will not be able to post until the next business day, at the earliest.

If all required courses have not been posted by your renewal deadline, it is recommended that you renew to inactive status, to avoid a late fee. After the courses have been posted, you may activate your license by submitting the "Appriaser Change Application". There is no fee required to re-activate.

Creating an Online account

In December 2019 all individual licensee records were migrated into our new database. All licensees will need to register by creating a new User Name and Password. Your old username and password will no longer work in this new system.

New accounts will allow for the access of multiple records with a single login. This means, if you hold multiple licenses, all or your records will be accessed from this single login. For this reason, login information should NOT be shared.

Instructions for Creating a New Account

If you have NOT already established an account in the new Online Services System, you will need to create a new account. To do so, follow the instructions below:

  1. From the the homepage https://grec.state.ga.us/ click on the "Login to Online Services" box on the left-hand side of the homepage
  2. Click on the "Register" link to set up a new account
  3. Enter your information in the Fields provided and click on "Register" button.

If You Missed the Renewal Date

Less than One Year

If you missed the license renewal date, your license is considered “lapsed” and you will need to “reinstate” the license. You will be able to reinstate your license online and a late fee will be charged.

You will be reinstated to an active status online only if:

  • It is less than 30 days past due and
  • Your license was in an active status prior to the renewal date and
  • All required continuing education (CE) credits have been completed and posted to your record.

In all other situations your license will be reinstated to an inactive status.

If you are reinstated to an inactive status, all required CE credits must be completed and posted to your record before you can hold an active license. To change your license status from inactive to active, please submit a  Appraiser Change Application.

Renewing an individual broker license does not renew a firm (company) license. All firm licenses, including sole proprietorships, must be renewed separately.

More Than One Year

You will NOT be able to reinstate your license online.

You will need to use a  Appraiser Reinstatement Application and a late fee will be charged.

All required continuing education (CE) credits must be completed and posted to your record before you can hold an active classification.

After the board processes your application, a new wall license and pocket card will be mailed to you within two business days.

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Steps to upgrade your appraiser license in the state of Georgia

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a high school graduate or the holder of a certificate of equivalency

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.

  • Licensed Residential Appraiser - Provide 2,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 12 months
  • Certified Residential Appraiser - Provide 2,500 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 24 months
  • Certified General Appraiser - Provide 3,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 30 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 (Upgrade Application)
  2. Fees (on application)
  3. Education – completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience (Appraiser Experience Log)
  5. Background information for criminal records check. A copy of the applicant's criminal history or Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) Report must accompany the application. If the report indicates any criminal conviction, additional documentation may be required. See the application for details. (GCIC Criminal History Information)

STEP 5: Examination Process Must pass the national examination approved by AQB and GA RECAB. Georgia 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 or State Registered Appraiser (90 hours) - AQB recommended course order

 

  • Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours
  • National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 hours
  • Residential Report Writing and Case Studies - 15 hours
  • Supervisor/Trainee Course – 4 hours

 

Certified Residential Appraiser (200 hours) - AQB recommended course order
  • Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours
  • National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 hours
  • Residential Report Writing and Case Studies – 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
  • Statistics, Modeling or Finance – 15 hours
  • Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies 15 hours
  • Appraisal Subject Matter Electives 20 hours
State Licensed Appraiser (150 hours) - AQB recommended course order
  • Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours
  • National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 hours
  • Residential Report Writing and Case Studies – 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
Certified General 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 10, 2020.  Please review the state board/commission page to determine if any changes have been made to the process since then.