How to Get an Appraiser License in North Carolina

License levels recognized in North Carolina

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  1. Trainee Appraiser
  2. Licensed Residential Appraiser
  3. Certified Residential Appraiser
  4. Certified General Appraiser
North Carolina Appraiser License

Steps to becoming an appraiser in the state of North Carolina

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 NCAB which includes:

  1. Forms (Trainee Application Packet) (Supervisor Declaration Form)
  2. Fees (included on application)
  3. Education - completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience (Download Experience Log Excel Format)

STEP 4: Fingerprint and background check is required. Contact NC Appraisal Board at 919.870.4859 for information.

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North Carolina Appraiser License

Next steps after getting or upgrading your North Carolina appraiser license

All appraisal licenses expire on June 30 of each year unless renewed before that time.  Licenses must be renewed annually, education is due every 2 years.

 

Renewal Process

Education Requirements

  • North Carolina Appraisers are required to complete 28 continuing education hours every 24 months including the National USPAP Update course, as required by the Appraiser Qualifications Board of the Appraisal Foundation, or its equivalent. 
  • Licensees are required to renew their licenses annually.  Annual expiration date is 6/30.  Education is due by 5/31 odd years.
  • Note: Per Rule 21 NCAC 57A.0204, All continuing education must be completed by May 31st of the renewal year. Completion of the most recent version of the Nat’l USPAP Update course is required between October 1 of an odd-numbered year and June 1 of an even-numbered year.

Submitting an Application for Renewal

  • Renew online:
    • Renew online using our Online Services. If you have not renewed online before, you may need to register first.
    • Pay the renewal fee online using our Online Services no later than the expiration date of your license.
  • Renew by mail:

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Steps to upgrade your appraiser license in the state of North Carolina

STEP1: Hold a valid appraisal 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 examinations 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 (Licensed Residential Application) (Certified Residential Application) (Certified General Application)
  2. Fees (on application)
  3. Education – completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience (Download Experience Log Excel format)
  5. Background information for criminal records check. Contact the NCAB at 919.870.4859  for information.

STEP5: Examination Process Must pass the national examination approved by AQB and NCAB. North Carolina exam provider is PearsonVUE

 

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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 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
Licensed Residential 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 10, 2020.  Please review the state board/commission page to determine if any changes have been made to the process since then.