How to Get an Appraiser License in Wisconsin

License levels recognized in Wisconsin

Click HERE to view state requirements.

  1. State Licensed Appraiser
  2. Certified Residential Appraiser
  3. Certified General Appraiser
Wisconsin Appraiser License

Steps to becoming an appraiser in the state of Wisconsin

STEP 1: Find a supervisor/mentor to work with to log your experience hours. (Suggestions for finding a supervisor/mentor)

STEP 2: Successfully complete 150 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 or law 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
  5. Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use - 15 hours
  6. Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach - 15 hours
  7. Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches - 30 hours
  8. Residential Report Writing and Case Studies - 15 hours

STEP 3: Complete experience hours with a qualified supervisor.  Appraisal reports will need to be submitted with your application for reveiw.

  • Licensed Residential Appraiser - - Provide 1,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 6 months

STEP 4: Submit the Application package which includes:

  1. Forms (Application Form)
  2. Fees (located on application)
  3. Education - completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience (Experience Log) (Experience roster)
  5. Background information for criminal record check - A National and state criminal background check is required.  Fill out Authorization for Release of FBI Information form and mail to address on top of form.  Mailing and shipping addresses are provided.

STEP 5: Examination Process Must pass the national examination approved by the WI DSPS. WI exam provider is PearsonVUE.

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McKissock courses and online delivery method are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) 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.

Wisconsin Appraiser License

Next steps after getting or upgrading your Wisconsin appraiser license

The appraiser license renewal cycle is two years. Licenses expire December 14 of every odd-numbered year.

Renewal Process

Education Requirement

  • Wisconsin licensees must complete at least 28 class hours of continuing education in each biennial renewal period which includes successful completion of the 7-hour National USPAP Update or equivalent. 
  • The renewal date is 12/14 every odd year.  
  • Those licensed within a biennial renewal period must complete 14 class hours of continuing education for each remaining year or partial year of licensure in that renewal period which includes successful completion of the 7-hour National USPAP Update or equivalent.

Requirements:

  • FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • RA (National Registry Fee is collected at the time of renewal, and is in addition to the Renewal Fee.  It is currently $40/year)
  • SIG (Signature regarding the completion of Continuing Education requirements, included in on-line renewal and paper form)
  • If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at (608) 266-2112 or [email protected].

Renewal Methods:

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Steps to upgrade your appraiser license in the state of Wisconsin

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.

  • 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 Form)
  2. Fees (located in application)
  3. Education – completion certificates and/or official college transcripts
  4. Experience (Experience Log) (Experience roster)
  5. Background information for criminal records check 
  6. A National and state criminal background check is required - Fill out Authorization for Release of FBI Information form and mail to address on top of form.  Mailing and shipping addresses are provided. 

STEP 5: Examination Process: Must pass the national examination approved by AQB and the WI DSPS. Wisconsin national 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

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 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
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.