How to Get an Appraiser License in South Carolina

License levels recognized in South Carolina

Click HERE to view state requirements.

  1. Apprentice Appraiser
  2. State Licensed Appraiser
  3. Certified Residential Appraiser
  4. Certified General Appraiser
South Carolina Appraiser License

Steps to becoming an appraiser in the state of South 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 SCLLR which includes:

  1. Forms (Apprentice Application Packet) (Appraiser Apprentice Program)
  2. Fees (Fee Information)
  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 SC Appraisal Board at 803.896.4630 for information.

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

South Carolina Appraiser License

Next steps after getting or upgrading your South Carolina appraiser license

All appraisal licenses expire on June 30 even years unless renewed before that time.  Licenses renewal must be completed no later than June 30 even years and education is due by June 1, even years.

 

Renewal Process

Education Requirements

  • A South Carolina Real Estate Appraiser shall present a total of twenty-eight (28) hours of continuing education of which seven (7) hours of instruction must be the most current National USPAP Update. These courses or seminars must be approved by the South Carolina Real Estate Appraisers Board. A licensee has twenty-four (24) months to accrue this continuing education and the deadline is the expiration date reflected on the pocket card of the license.
  • Appraisers must verify their CE has been reported to CE Broker and contact their provider if the courses have not been reported. Licensee must self-submit any Qualifying Education that they are allowed to use as continuing education. Providers will not report these courses since they are not typically approved as continuing education courses.
  • When you log in to your account with CE Broker, if all your continuing education has been reported, it will indicate that you are complete. If you are not showing complete, contact the provider where you took the course to update your account. All Real Estate Appraiser-approved providers should be reporting all continuing education classes to CE Broker. Providers will not report Qualifying Education courses to CE Broker since they are not approved as Continuing Education courses. If you are eligible to use these courses for your continuing education, you must self-submit them to CE Broker.

Submitting an Application for Renewal

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

Dates and Fees

Appraiser licenses expire every even numbered year on June 30th. Electronic and paper renewals will be available on or around May 1, 2020.

Appraisers can renew as normal before June 30th.  However, following the Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency, LLR has granted an extension on renewals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  You may renew your license without penalty or late fees up to September 30, 2020.

Renewal fees are as follows:

  • Apprentice: $320
  • Fifth-Year Apprentice (6/30/3032 non-extendable date):$160
  • Mass Appraiser: $320
  • Licensed: $390
  • Certified Residential: $390
  • Certified General: $390
  • Inactive (not available for apprentices): $200

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Steps to upgrade your appraiser license in the state of South 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.

  • State Licensed 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 (Reclassification Application
  2. Fees (on application)
  3. Education – completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience (Experience Log Instructions) (Experience Log)
  5. Background information for criminal records check. Contact the SCLLR at 803.896.4630  for information.

STEP5: Examination Process Must pass the national examination approved by AQB and SCLLR. Sout Carolina 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

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