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Become an Appraiser in 3 Steps

There are generally three steps to becoming an appraiser: education, applying for your license and time in on-the-job training. 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.

Education Requirements for Appraiser Trainee

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Start with Your Pre-Licensing Courses

To become an appraiser, most states require you to first become an appraiser trainee, sometimes referred to as apprentice appraisers or registered appraisers.

To become a trainee, you must complete and pass 75 hours* of basic appraisal qualifying education (3 courses):

1) Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours)
2) Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours)
3) National USPAP Course (15 hours)

No experience is required to start your qualifying education. In most states you can take your courses online and learn at your own pace. You can purchase these courses with McKissock.

*Note that in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky,  and Wisconsin, you are required to take more than 75 hours of qualifying education courses for your initial license.

Apply for Your Trainee License

Once you have completed your coursework you can apply for your trainee license. You will need to find a certified appraiser to gain supervised training experience before applying for your license.

1) Submit your application and fees to the state board
2) Submit your fingerprints and background check information
3) Receive your license from your state’s board

Steps and license levels vary from state to state. Contact your state appraisal board for specific state information or click on the state dropdown below to see detailed information for your state.

Gain Work Experience

Learn the business and grow your understanding of the appraisal process from a certified appraisal supervisor. Once you have completed your coursework and applied for your license you can begin your training with your supervisory appraiser.

The certified appraiser supervisor and the trainee must document any completed work, which will be submitted and reviewed by the state regulatory board when the trainee applies for another license. The number of required experience hours can vary by state.

It is important that you check your state specific licensing requirements to know how many hours of experience you will need.

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.

Top Notch Education

Written by experienced certified appraisers, we are the exclusive provider of The Appraisal Foundation's national online USPAP course for 10 years.

Flexible learning

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

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.

Get connected

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

Have a question?Connect with an enrollment advisor

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Why Choose McKissock?

For 30 years, McKissock has been the leader in appraisal education. We are appraisers ourselves and understand your business. We educate people more efficiently because we are experts at online learning and know how to deliver information in a way that maximizes learning. We have distinguished instructors who are known for their appraisal knowledge. And most of all, we have been the exclusive provider of The Appraisal Foundation's national online USPAP course for 10 years. Making us the appraisal industry's most trusted source of educational content.

Expert Knowledge

We have sourced top notch instructors who aren’t just great teachers – they’re also active, professional appraisers. Many of them have decades of experience in the real world.

Online Learning

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.

Convenient & Flexible

Learn at your own pace, dozens of online courses are available 24/7. Sign up now, take the course later.


Our USPAP course covers everything you need to know about the latest updates. We have been the exclusive provider of The Appraisal Foundation's national online USPAP course for 10 years.


Get the best value with our qualifying education 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 live Q & A sessions built into your online course.

McKissock courses and online delivery method are approved by each state Board of Real Estate Appraisers 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.

  • "I love using McKissock! I can do things based on my own schedule and, while many places offer online classes, McKissock keeps them interesting and that helps to maintain my focus. It was great to be able to take classes that actually taught me things that I can apply to my every day work load. And the best part was that the classes were not boring."

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  • "Being able to take classes online works perfectly with my busy lifestyle. The courses are excellent, the accompanying videos make the lessons very clear, and the real world examples are helpful. These classes refresh my memory on important appraisal rules. I have the peace of mind in knowing that my work is up-to-date with changing regulations."

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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.