How to Get an Appraiser License in Texas

License levels recognized in Texas

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

Steps to becoming an appraiser in the state of Texas

Qualifications

  • Citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Meet TALCB’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity

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 TALCB which includes:

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

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

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McKissock courses and online delivery method are approved by the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB) 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.

Texas Appraiser License

Next steps after getting or upgrading your Texas appraiser license

As a Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB)  Appraisal licensee, you must renew your authorization every two years. A renewal notice will be sent out about 90 days before your expiration date. You may renew your authorization up to six months after the expiration date.

TALCB Renewal Process

Education Requirements

  • Complete 28 hours of approved appraiser continuing education (ACE) courses during the two year license period, which must include a 7 hour National USPAP Update course. Use the ACE Course search tool to see a list of currently approved providers and courses.  After completing your course work, you are welcome to submit a course evaluation.

Trainee Renewals (only)

  • Trainees and Supervisory Appraisers must complete an approved Appraiser Trainee/Supervisory Appraiser course within four years of your current license expiration date.  Supervisors must do this to continue to supervise or relationships with your Appraiser Trainees will be terminated and Appraiser Trainees with one supervisor will be made inactive.  For Trainees the Supervisor-Trainee course does not count toward the 28 hours of ACE courses.

If you renew the license after the expiration date you must also submit the Addition of Appraiser Trainee Supervision form to re-establish supervision.  The certified supervisory appraiser must complete the approved 4 hour Appraiser Trainee/Supervisory Appraiser Course. The course must be reflected in the certified supervisory appraiser's electronic license record before an authorization can be issued.

Fingerprint Requirements

If you have not submitted your fingerprints for TALCB or TREC with a previous renewal or application, you must be fingerprinted for a criminal background check.

Submitting an Application for Renewal

Renewal is only available 90 days before the expiration date of the license. All requirements for renewal must be postmarked no later than the expiration date.

ACE Extension

A license holder who is unable to complete the 28 hours of continuing education may request an extension of education requirements by renewing the license AND submitting the ACE Extension Request form along with an additional $200.00 fee.

An extension must be submitted by the expiration date. Persons granted a 60-day extension may not perform appraisals in federally-related transactions and will be reported as non-AQB compliant on the National Registry. The education must be completed within 60 days of the extension expiration date or the certification will automatically be placed on inactive status and supervision of any trainees will be terminated.

Completion of the required ACE courses must be reflected in the license holder's electronic license record.

Requesting Active and Inactive Status

Requesting Inactive Status

Requesting Active Status

  • Satisfy 28 hours of appraiser continuing education for each two-year renewal period the certification has been inactive, which must include the 7-hour National USPAP Update course.
  • Submit the Request for Active status.
  • Pay the required National Registry fee and active status fee.

License Reinstatement

If your license has been expired more than six months, you may apply for reinstatement of the license by submitting the Application for Reinstatement and meeting the following education and experience requirements.

  • Complete 14 hours of appraiser continuing education for each year since the last renewal of your previous license.
  • Submit experience logs demonstrating a minimum of 10 non-residential appraisal reports representing at least 300 hours of residential real estate appraisal experience.
  • All appraisal experience claimed must be verifiable and supported. If your license has been expired more than 5 years or you do not have work files, you may apply for an Appraiser Trainee authorization to gain the minimum experience required.

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Steps to upgrade your appraiser license in the state of Texas

Qualifications

  • Citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Meet TALCB’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity

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 (Licensed Residential Application) (Certified Residential Application) (Certified General 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. (Fingerprint Requirements)

STEP 5: Examination Process Must pass the national examination approved by AQB and TALCB. Texas national exam provider is Pearson VUE.

 

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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.