How to Get an Appraiser License in Michigan

License levels recognized in Michigan

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  1. Limited Appraiser
  2. State Licensed Appraiser
  3. Certified Residential Appraiser
  4. Certified General Appraiser
Michigan Appraiser License

Steps to becoming an appraiser in the state of Michigan

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 (Limited Appraiser Application)
  2. Fees (included on application)
  3. Education - completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience (Experience Log)

STEP 4: Fingerprint and background check is required. All applicants for initial registration, licensure or certification are required to complete a criminal records check of both state and FBI records. Please contact MILARA at 517.335.9700.

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McKissock courses and online delivery method are approved by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) 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.

Michigan Appraiser License

Next steps after getting or upgrading your Michigan appraiser license

As an Appraisal licensee, you must renew your authorization every two years. The renewal notification will be mailed to the home address that is on file with the Department approximately 60 days prior to the date of renewal.

Education Requirements

As a condition for the renewal of licensure as a limited real estate appraiser, a certified general real estate appraiser, a certified residential real estate appraiser, or a state licensed real estate appraiser, a licensee shall complete the minimum continuing education requirements described in the AQB criteria. Licensees must also complete the 7-hour national USPAP update course, or its equivalent, and at least 2 hours of continuing education devoted to Michigan appraiser license law and rules at least every 2 years. 

The AQB requires completion of the equivalent of fourteen class hours of instruction in courses or seminars for each year during the period preceding the renewal.  Renewal cycle is every 2 year and end on 7/31 on even years.

Credentialed appraisers are required to complete continuing education for a partial year in a continuing education cycle as follows: 

  • For continuing education cycle periods of 185 days or more, 14 hours of continuing education is required. 
  • For continuing education cycle periods of less than 185 days, no hours of continuing education are required.

Renewing a License

Limited Real Estate Appraiser

  • The Limited Real Estate Appraiser license expires biennially on July 31st.
  • The renewal notification will be mailed to the home address that is on file with the Department approximately 60 days prior to the date of renewal.
  • The license must be renewed online using a debit or credit card containing a MasterCard, Visa, or Discover logo or by electronic check (e-check).
  • The renewal fee is $250.  Payments received by mail or in person will not be accepted and the renewal will not be processed.
  • If a licensee fails to renew online and/or fails to meet all renewal requirements by the expiration date of the license, the licensee cannot legally practice and may be subject to disciplinary action if the individual continues to practice.
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  • Renewal Fees

State Licensed, Certified Residential and Certified General Real Estate Appraiser

  • The State Licensed, Certified Residential and Certified General Real Estate Appraiser license expires biennially on July 31st.
  • The renewal notification will be mailed to the home address that is on file with the Department approximately 60 days prior to the date of renewal.
  • The license must be renewed online using a debit or credit card containing a MasterCard, Visa, or Discover logo or by electronic check (e-check).
  • The renewal fee is $350.  Payments received by mail or in person will not be accepted and the renewal will not be processed.
  • If a licensee fails to renew online and/or fails to meet all renewal requirements by the expiration date of the license, the licensee cannot legally practice and may be subject to disciplinary action if the individual continues to practice.
  • Renew ONLINE
  • Renewal Fees

Change of Address

Licensees must ensure the Department has the most current address on file so that the renewal notification will be received.

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Steps to upgrade your appraiser license in the state of Michigan

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 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 (Appraiser Application
  2. Fees (on application)
  3. Education – completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience (Experience Log)
  5. Background information for criminal records check. All applicants for initial registration, licensure or certification are required to complete a criminal records check of both state and FBI records. Please contact MILARA at 517.335.9700.

STEP 5: Examination Process Must pass the national examination approved by AQB and MI LARA. Michigan 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

Limited 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

 

 

 

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
  • 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
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
  • 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 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.