California Appraisal License Requirements

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Learn Appraisal Educational Requirements for California

This appraisal licensing information summarizes the minimum requirements established by the California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers. We recommend you contact the California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers for more detailed information or changes.

If you obtain real estate licenses in multiple states, we recommend you check each state's requirements.

California Appraisal: Trainee

Total Hours Required: 154
Mandatory Hours: 0
Elective Hours: 0

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Qualifying Education:
150 QE Hours.
15-hour Nat’l USPAP or Equivalent.
Basic Appraisal Principles - 30 hours.
Basic Appraisal Procedures - 30 hours.
Residential Market Analysis & 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.
*Laws and Regulations for California Appraisers – 4 hours.


*CCR 3543. Effective 1-1-17, the application shall complete the laws and regulations course as a prerequisite to licensure. This amendment will ensure new licensees understand the laws and regulations before practicing.


2015 AQB Supervisor/Trainee Course Requirement: Both the Trainee Appraiser and Supervisory Appraiser shall be required to complete a course that, at minimum, complies with the specifications for course content established by the AQB. The course must be completed by the Trainee Appraiser prior to obtaining a Trainee Appraiser credential, and completed by the Supervisory Appraiser prior to supervising a Trainee Appraiser.


Experience: N/A


College Education: N/A

Online Limitations

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers
Phone: 9165529000
Fax: 9165529007
Address:
1102 Q Street, Suite 4100
Sacramento, CA 95811

California Appraisal: Licensed

Total Hours Required: 154
Mandatory Hours: 0
Elective Hours: 0

Online Info

Qualifying Education:
150 QE Hours.
15-hour Nat’l USPAP or Equivalent.
Basic Appraisal Principles - 30 hours.
Basic Appraisal Procedures - 30 hours.
Residential Market Analysis & 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.
*Laws and Regulations for California Appraisers – 4 hours.


*CCR 3543. Effective 1-1-17, the application shall complete the laws and regulations course as a prerequisite to licensure. This amendment will ensure new licensees understand the laws and regulations before practicing.


Experience: 2,000 hours of acceptable appraisal experience in not less than 12 months.


College Education: Must have an Associate Degree or higher. In lieu of the required degree, Thirty (30) semester credit hours covering specific subject matter courses may be used.

Online Limitations

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers
Phone: 9165529000
Fax: 9165529007
Address:
1102 Q Street, Suite 4100
Sacramento, CA 95811

California Appraisal: Certified Residential

Total Hours Required: 204
Mandatory Hours: 0
Elective Hours: 0

Online Info

Qualifying Education:
200 QE Hours.
15-hour Nat’l USPAP or Equivalent.
Basic Appraisal Principles - 30 hours.
Basic Appraisal Procedures - 30 hours.
Residential Market Analysis & 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 and Finance – 15 hours.
Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies – 15 hours.
Appraisal Subject Matter Electives – 20 hours.
*Laws and Regulations for California Appraisers – 4 hours.

* CCR 3543. Effective 1-1-17, the application shall complete the laws and regulations course as a prerequisite to licensure. This amendment will ensure new licensees understand the laws and regulations before practicing.


Experience: 2,500 hours of acceptable appraisal experience in not less than 30 months.


College Education: Must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Online Limitations

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers
Phone: 9165529000
Fax: 9165529007
Address:
1102 Q Street, Suite 4100
Sacramento, CA 95811

California Appraisal: Certified General

Total Hours Required: 300
Mandatory Hours: 0
Elective Hours: 0

Online Info

Qualifying Education:
300 QE Hours.
15-hour Nat’l USPAP or Equivalent.
Basic Appraisal Principles - 30 hours.
Basic Appraisal Procedures - 30 hours.
General Appraiser Market Analysis & Highest and Best Use - 30 hours.
General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach - 30 hours.
General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach - 30 hours.
General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies - 30 hours.
Statistics, Modeling and Finance – 15 hours.
General Appraiser Income Approach – 60 hours.
Appraisal Subject Matter Electives – 30 hours.
*Laws and Regulations for California Appraisers – 4 hours.

* CCR 3543. Effective 1-1-17, the application shall complete the laws and regulations course as a prerequisite to licensure. This amendment will ensure new licensees understand the laws and regulations before practicing.


Experience: 3,000 hours of acceptable appraisal experience in no less than 30 months. A minimum of 1,500 hours of the required experience must be in non-residential appraisal work.


College Education: Must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Online Limitations

Roster

No roster required

Governing Agency

Name: California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers
Phone: 9165529000
Fax: 9165529007
Address:
1102 Q Street, Suite 4100
Sacramento, CA 95811

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