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 15312 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.

Have a question?Connect with an enrollment advisor today

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 15304.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Want to get into the appraisal trade then this is where you have to start.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Course selection is top notch. The information contained in the courses that I took was extremely intensive and detailed almost to the point of overload on my little brian. The interaction with the software was well written and easy to navigate and understand. The Customer Service was top notch. Every question, no matter how small or trivial was answered with the highest professionalism.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What I love about this course is that it is self paced. I can go over material as many times as I need to, as well as quizzing myself as many times as I need to feel prepared for final testing. The Q and A sessions come in handy as well if you ever felt lost throughout any point of the course.
Date published: 2019-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This course is great. I like how you can go at your own pace. It was nice and I was happy to take it.
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This class breaks down complicated material step by step & shows the reasoning that allows for easily catching on & learning.
Date published: 2019-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great online course that is easy to use. I was able to learn the material at my own pace and never ran into any systematic issues.
Date published: 2019-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I believe the course contained all of the necessary fundamentals for an appraiser.
Date published: 2019-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I liked how the course was prepared and it was easy to complete and learn.
Date published: 2019-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value by an accredited online learning platform
Date published: 2019-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good course and will adequately prepare an individual to be an excellent appraiser.
Date published: 2019-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course based on design and content; exactly what you are paying for.
Date published: 2019-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The course chapters are a proper length - short enough to not get overwhelmed and to keep the student engaged. I especially like that the text (written) is shown for all videos. I like to follow along by text and go back when needed. The course material is organized well and the quizzes are very helpful in preparing for the final quiz.
Date published: 2019-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Provided me with the basic knowledge to pursue Appraisal work further.
Date published: 2019-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Getting started was easy and the animated videos really help give a clear description of material covered in each section.
Date published: 2019-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well organized course with a lot of information, support was very nice as well.
Date published: 2019-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was looking for a school to become an appraiser. I was torn between Mckissock and another school. I ultimately decided to go with Mckissock and I am glad that I did. They are very organized, their website is easy to navigate, and their customer service is excellent.
Date published: 2019-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super easy website to use! I like how you can add your own notes to each page. Plenty of examples and helpful quizzes.
Date published: 2019-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything is very straightforward in this course. Help is always available to you and with quick if not instant response.
Date published: 2019-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I think this is a great course. I would only say if you have a question about the material call the 1 800 number.
Date published: 2019-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This course was extremely helpful. I learned useful tools from what new technology I can implement in my business, the appraisal software I can use, and of course the principles of real estate appraising. It was very interesting to learn how appraising has transpired from the 70's,80's, 90s and into its current state.
Date published: 2019-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have been an appraisal assistant for 12 years, and this course has been spot on with my training I have already received. Loved It!!!!
Date published: 2019-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've been taking online courses consistently for 10 years and this was my most comfortable experience. Will certainly recommend and I'll be back as well.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pay attention to acronyms and things you think are not important.
Date published: 2019-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very easy to navigate through the course. Easy to understand information
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome course!
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course. Relayed the basics of appraisal in a simple and easy to understand manner.
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I found this course to be everything I could want: easy to use, well organized, and multiple ways of seeking help if you have a problem. (even though I never had to use them)
Date published: 2019-03-15
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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