How to Get an Appraiser License in Maryland

License levels recognized in Maryland

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  1. Appraiser Trainee
  2. Licensed Real Estate Appraiser
  3. Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser
  4. Certified General Real Estate Appraiser
Maryland Appraiser License

Steps to becoming an appraiser in the state of Maryland

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 MI LARA which includes:

  1. Forms (Trainee Application)
  2. Fees (included on application)
  3. Education - completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience (Supervising Trainee Form)

STEP 4: Fingerprint and background check is required. (Background check information)

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McKissock courses and online delivery method are approved by the Maryland State Commission of Real Estate Appraisers 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.

Maryland Appraiser License

Next steps after getting or upgrading your Maryland appraiser license

As an Appraisal licensee in Maryland, you must renew your authorization every three years. The renewal notification will be mailed to the home address that is on file with the Commission approximately 30 days prior to the date of renewal.

Education Requirements

  • THE MANDATORY 42 HOURS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION MUST BE COMPLETED IN FULL BEFORE RENEWING YOUR APPRAISER LICENSE.
  • Maryland Appraisers are required to obtain 42 continuing education hours every 36 months.
  • The 7-hour National USPAP Course is required every 2 years.
  • The Commission may grant a licensee or certificate holder no more than 8 hours of credit for instruction per day for courses of continuing education.

Please read ALL requirements and instructions before proceeding with the application process.

A real estate appraiser license must be renewed by the third anniversary of the issuance of the license and every three years thereafter. The Commission will mail renewal applications and instructions approximately 30 days prior to the expiration date of the current license. If a licensee's failure to receive a license renewal packet is due to his or her failure to advise the Commission of a change of address, the Commission is not responsible for late renewals or any late fees that might be imposed. A written request is required in order to change your licensing records to reflect a change of address.

If it is required that you have a certification or complete a certain number of continuing education or competency units, credits, or hours of instruction in order to be eligible to renew or reinstate your license, certificate, or registration, you must fulfill these requirements prior to submitting your application. The required continuing education or competency units, credits or hours must be completed before you file this application for renewal or reinstatement, regardless of the expiration date on the license, certificate or registration to be renewed.

If you have not fully completed the courses, units, credits, or hours you are certifying that you have taken, you may be subject to disciplinary action for falsely representing that you have met the requirements and qualify for the license, certificate or registration for which you have applied. The results of disciplinary action against you could include the suspension or revocation of the license, certificate, or registration that you have obtained.

Reinstatement of an Expired License

A real estate appraiser who fails to renew his or her license during its regular term may renew the license/certificate if the applicant meets all continuing education and filing requirements and pays the Commission a reinstatement fee of $75 in addition to the renewal fee required. Prior to the reinstatement of an expired license/certificate, a license/credential holder must complete all required continuing education hours that would have been required if the license/credential was in an active status, dating back to the expiration of the license/certificate. The required hours must also include the most recent edition of a seven-hour National USPAP Update Course.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

  1. For best results, we recommend using the most recent version of your browser to access the electronic licensing programs. You can update your browser at no additional cost by visiting our browser information section.
  2. When you go online, you will create a password by identifying yourself with certain personal information. Then, with this password and your registration number, you will be able to apply for, renew, or update a license record at your convenience with a password unique and more memorable to you.
  3. We are collecting your e-mail addresses for Commission use in order to facilitate our communication with you.

TO RENEW OR REINSTATE YOUR LICENSE:

  1. Click on the “Renew or reinstate an appraiser license online” link at the top of this page.
  2. Enter your registration number exactly as it appears on the data card. Follow the instructions to create your password or to use your previously created password.
  3. When confirmation is received that the transaction has been completed, PRINT the confirmation screen for your records. Please note that printing the confirmation screen only confirms the transaction, not the issuance of a license.
Click HERE to Begin Your Online Renewal

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Steps to upgrade your appraiser license in the state of Maryland

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 24 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 (Online Application
  2. Fees (Fee Schedule)
  3. Education – completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience 
  5. Background information for criminal records check. (Background Check Information)

STEP 5: Examination Process Must pass the national examination approved by AQB and MD DOL. Maryland national exam provider is PSI.

 

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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

Appraiser Trainee (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

 

 

Certified Residential Real Estate 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
Licensed Real Estate 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 General Real Estate 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.