How to Get an Appraiser License in Virginia

License levels recognized in Virginia

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

Steps to becoming an appraiser in the state of Virginia

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 (Supervisor Verification Form) (Experience Log)

STEP 4: Fingerprint and background check is required. Fingerprint and background check is required. Applicants can have their fingerprints taken at PSI examination sites (PSI LINK) or they can use Fieldprint (Fieldprint Instructions) (Fieldprint website)

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McKissock courses and online delivery method are approved by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) 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.

Virginia Appraiser License

Next steps after getting or upgrading your Virginia appraiser license

As an Appraisal licensee, you must renew your authorization every two years.  Your license will expire on the 2 year anniversary of the date you were licensed.

Renewal Process

Education Requirements

  • Virginia Appraisers are required to complete 28 continuing education hours every 24 months. Seven (7) hours must be the National USPAP Update or Equivalent.  Education is due every two years on the anniversary of the date licensed.

Payments for License Renewal

  • Quick Pay: Need to make a renewal payment quickly? Make a payment without logging in.
    • Enter 10 digit license number that you wish to make payment on.
    • Enter SSN or DMV # of the license holder as prompted.
    • Enter credit card payment information.
    • Quick pay does not allow you to use any of the advanced features on the DPOR Online Renewal Services.
    • Click to PAY NOW.

Online Services:

    • Renew a license
    • Make address change
    • Reinstate an expired license
    • Apply for a new license
    • Transfer or inactivate a real estate license
    • Access multiple licenses under different boards
    • Go to Online Services

If you hold multiple licenses issued by different DPOR boards (e.g., cosmetologist and real estate salesperson), you must log into Online Services to access all credentials at once. 

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Steps to upgrade your appraiser license in the state of Virginia

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 (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. Fingerprint and background check is required. Applicants can have their fingerprints taken at PSI examination sites (PSI LINK) or they can use Fieldprint (Fieldprint Instructions) (Fieldprint Website)

STEP 5: Examination Process Must pass the national examination approved by AQB and VA DPOR. Virginia 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

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.