California Appraisal License Requirements

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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

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

Governing Agency

Name: California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers
Phone: 9165529000
Fax: 9165529007
Address: 3075 Prospect Park Drive. Ste. 190 Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

California Appraisal: Licensed

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: No college-level education required. 

Governing Agency

Name: California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers
Phone: 9165529000
Fax: 9165529007
Address: 3075 Prospect Park Drive. Ste. 190 Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

California Appraisal: Certified Residential

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:

1) Bachelor’s Degree in any field of study;
2) Associate’s Degree in a focused field of study, such as business, economics, or real estate;
3) Successful completion of 30 college semester credit hours in specified topics;
4) Successful completion of College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)1 exams equivalent to a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in specified subject matter areas; or
5) Any combination of #3 and #4 above that includes all of the topics identified.
6) A LICENSED RESIDENTIAL appraiser who has been licensed for a minimum of 5 years and in good standing for at least 5 years with no disciplinary actions that would affect the individual’s ability to appraise may upgrade to CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL without completing any college coursework. 

Governing Agency

Name: California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers
Phone: 9165529000
Fax: 9165529007
Address: 3075 Prospect Park Drive. Ste. 190 Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

California Appraisal: Certified General

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.

Governing Agency

Name: California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers
Phone: 9165529000
Fax: 9165529007
Address: 3075 Prospect Park Drive. Ste. 190 Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

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