Get your appraisal license

To become a successful property appraiser, you need to invest in qualifying education and on-the-job experience.

Join thousands of other appraisers who strive to be among the best in their field

McKissock appraisal pre-license courses have earned an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 15291 reviews. Read reviews.

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Why Choose McKissock?

Expert Knowledge

For over 30 years, we have sourced the top instructors and authors to bring our students courses with up-to-date, relevant information. Our instructor aren’t just great teachers – they’re also active, professional appraisers. Many of them have decades of experience in the real world.


Build your success on a supportive learning platform. Our learning management system gives you the experience of classroom, interactivity, along with built-in tools to enhance productivity and help you stay on track. It’s like having your own mentor helping you to study for your exam.

Flexible learning

Taking your education courses online provides a flexible, convenient, learn at your own pace experience. Online courses are available 24/7. For appraisal continuing education, you also have the option of live local classes and interactive webinars.


Developed by top appraisal experts, our USPAP course covers everything you need to know about the latest updates to USPAP. McKissock is the provider for The Appraisal Foundation’s official online USPAP course, which includes interactive case studies and downloadable aids.


Take your appraisal education to the next level and get the best value with membership or subscription, which includes unlimited access to courses, plus professional development tools and so much more.

Live Q&A

Get all the interactive advantages of a classroom with weekly sessions built into your online course.

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How to become an appraiser

There are generally three steps to becoming an appraiser: education, on-the-job training and time. The number of hours and time vary by state so be sure to check your state's specific license requirements so you know exactly what you need.

Take the trainee qualifying education courses

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No matter what state you live in, you must take appraisal trainee qualifying education courses from an accredited appraisal school. In general, appraisal trainees need 75 hours of education, sometimes more depending on your state's requirements*. No experience is required to start your appraisal qualifying education courses. In most states, you can take your courses online so you can learn at your own pace.


*Note that in California, Texas, Maine and Alabama, you are required to take more than 75 hours of qualifying education courses.

Train with an appraisal mentor or supervisor

Once you complete your qualifying education courses, you need to train under a supervisor. Working with a supervisory appraiser gives you the opportunity to gain and grow your understanding of the appraisal process. You need 2,000 hours of training under your supervisor over a period of not less than one year.


Upgrade your appraisal license

Once you complete your qualifying education courses and have 2,000 hours of training, you can upgrade your license. You have several options for upgrading, and each level has different education and experience requirements. Each level also has different requirements for college-level course requirements. The three levels you can upgrade to include: Licensed Appraiser, Certified Residential Appraiser and Certified General Appraiser.


Why take appraisal qualifying education from McKissock?

State- and board-approved courses

Our approved courses feature the most up-to-date and important appraisal insights you need for your trainee education

career application

Apply the skills you learn in each course to the appraisal career you are embarking on


Our courses are designed to help you generate better income, work more efficiently and advance your career

Simplify Your Licensing Education with the Appraisal Licensing Unlimited Learning Subscription

Imagine a virtual library with hundreds of hours of QE courses on topics critical to your appraisal career, plus new professional development topics added monthly, and all accessible with a click. The good news? With a subscription, you don’t have to imagine. Welcome to the Appraisal Licensing Unlimited Learning Subscription.

Get connected

Access the online appraisal community 24/7 and join appraisers all over the U.S. to ask questions and discuss industry changes.

Stay on track

Keep track of the hours and courses you’ve already completed with the convenient QE Tracker included in your dashboard.

Engage with experts

Grow your knowledge with the Pro-Series suite of monthly one-hour, non-credit webinars on hot topics from around the profession.

Flexible learning

Online courses and interactive webinars, plus professional development tools in multiple content formats to meet your needs.

What does your state require?

Find appraisal qualifying education courses in your state

Select your state to view our appraisal qualifying education courses and packages. Courses fulfill the required hours you need to become an appraisal trainee. Our curriculum is designed around the appraisal basics and industry insights you need to start your appraisal career off on the right foot. Courses are updated monthly and are state- and board-approved.

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Appraisal pre-license course ratings and reviews

McKissock is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 15280.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great course. Very easy to follow. Well designed.
Date published: 2019-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect school if you are a busy person! Love it! *fire emojis*
Date published: 2019-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it was overall a good experience.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The learning modules were very helpful, and the self-paced style is ideal for working students. Navigation was very simple, and the review quizzes helped me build confidence in my retention of the course material.
Date published: 2019-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The course meets the standards to adequately pass your proctored exam
Date published: 2019-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This course was very informative and I learned so much. This course has gotten me so excited about my future in Real Estate!
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The coursework is thorough and set up well. It is extremely easy to follow and makes good use of time invested.
Date published: 2019-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is an intriguing course that provides easy concepts to grasps and well thought out content.
Date published: 2019-07-18
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Appraisal license upgrade options

Once you have your appraisal qualifying education and trainee hours under your belt, you'll want to consider what license level is right for you. Each level requires different skills and allows you to appraise different types of properties. See which license level is right for you:

Take the appraisal path that works for you:

Trainee Trainee
Appraise properties that your superving appraiser is permitted to appraise.

• There is no college degree requirement for trainee

• As a trainee you'll get the experience hours you need to obtain a higher license level
Licensed Appraiser Licensed Appraiser
Appraise simple residential properties with transaction limits.

• No college-level course requirements
Certified Residential Certified Residential
Appraise complex residential properties with no transaction limit.

• College-level education requirements
Certified General Certified General
Also known as a commericial appraiser, you can appraise all residential and commercial property types.

• College-level education requirements