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Certified Green Home Appraiser Program

Expand your business in green home valuation – a market that is trending
and profitable.

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In the last few years, green and high-performance properties have captured a large share of the new home market — and this trend shows no signs of stopping. With that in mind, earning a certification to appraise green homes requires a certain level of knowledge and skill.

The good news? Under McKissock’s Certified Green Home Appraiser (CGHA) program, you’ll secure both.

It’s time to enter the lush world of green home appraisal. As you work toward certification, expect easy, convenient, flexible learning solutions from us — and nothing less. Explore the nuances of sustainable home appraisal (and how to navigate them) through expert content and experienced instructors. Also, earn appraisal CE credit in the process.

Green Home Appraiser Certification

Why it’s for You

  • Become recognized as a green home valuation expert
  • Acquire advanced knowledge for appraising sustainable, energy-efficient properties
  • Earn 14 hours* of appraisal continuing education credit in addition to the certification

Green Home Appraiser Certification


What’s Included:

Candidacy Application

Designations from a professional organization demonstrate general appraisal knowledge and expertise. Certificates offer concentrated academic achievement for appraisers looking to enhance a specific set of skills or fill a knowledge gap. Earning a certificate demonstrates your proficiency in a special niche—appraising green homes and features. This certification is similar to specialty accreditation offered in other professions such as real estate, healthcare, human resources, and insurance.

Green Building Concepts for Appraisers – 7-hr

This course will give you an understanding of green residential construction methods as they apply to appraisal assignments. The course focuses on the most relevant principles, methods and products, providing a foundation for your knowledge of green construction and valuation.

Valuation of Residential Green Buildings – 4-hr

Valuation of green residential buildings can be problematic for appraisers. In analyzing and valuing green buildings, the appraiser may have difficulty in obtaining pertinent data, comparable sales and confirmation of how the building performs. Credible appraisals depend substantially on data that may or may not be readily available in the market. This course is designed to apply the appraisal process to green residential buildings.

Valuation of Residential Solar – 3-hr

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are becoming more common on residential properties throughout the country. This course will teach you the fundamentals of these systems, their component parts, and how they operate. We will discuss the valuation of owned solar PV systems with special emphasis on the cost and income approaches. We will also address solar PV appraisal requirements and guidelines from the GSEs, HUD, and VA.
*The North Carolina Appraisal Board does not grant continuing education credit for courses less than 3.5 hours. The 3-hour course can be completed as a non-credit course to meet the CGHA certification requirements.

Demonstration of Knowledge Exam

The Demonstration of Knowledge Exam consists of two parts. Part One is a comprehensive exam containing 50 multiple choice questions. Part Two is submission of an acceptable PV Value® report on an example property.

Frameable Certificate

Included with your package is a frameable certificate that you will receive once you have successfully completed the process.

Earning a green certification: a step-by-step guide

Upon your program purchase, follow four simple steps to get certified:

STEP 1: Complete the Certified Green Home Appraisal application.
STEP 2: Successfully complete the three appraisal green courses.
STEP 3: Complete and pass the “Demonstration of Knowledge” exam.
STEP 4: Download your Certified Green Home Appraisal certificate and emblem.

For more information, download the full program details,
or read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Become a McKissock member and start your certification journey

Access all our certification programs for free (and so much more!) when you enroll as an Unlimited Learning member. Enjoy exclusive access to the nation’s largest selection of online courses, hundreds of professional development tools, partner discounts, and more

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