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How to Earn or Upgrade Your Colorado Appraiser License 

There are several benefits to becoming an appraiser in Colorado, including having a flexible schedule, more control over their income, and getting to own their own business. If you are interested in joining this profession, or you want to take the next step in your career to upgrade your license, McKissock Learning has the qualifying education and required coursework you need to reach your goals.  

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Colorado Appraiser License: Licensed

Total Hours Required: 150 hrs
Mandatory Hours:
Elective Hours:

How to become an appraiser in Colorado

While most states have a Trainee Appraiser designation, Colorado does not. Instead, you will complete qualifying education and experience to become a Licensed Appraiser. To become a Licensed Appraiser, you’ll need to complete the following steps:

Step 1:  Complete 150 hours of Colorado qualifying appraiser education 

Step 2: Connect with a Supervisory Appraiser and gain experience

While you’re completing your required education, you will also need to find a Certified Residential or Certified General Appraiser to act as your Supervisory Appraiser. Under their supervision, you will need to log a minimum of 1,000 hours of experience in no less than six months.  

Step 3: Complete your background check and application 

Once you complete your education and experience, you will need to submit your fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for a background check. Then, you will submit your application and proof of education and experience to the Division of Real Estate.  

Step 4: Take and schedule the National Uniform Licensing and Certification Examination 

After you receive your Letter of Exam eligibility, you can sit for the National Uniform Licensing and Certification Examination for Licensed Appraisers.  

What does a Colorado real estate appraiser do?

Appraisers estimate the market value of a property by inspecting and documenting square footage, quality and condition, and amenities. They also research the local real estate market and comparable properties to determine an accurate valuation and write an appraisal report of their findings.  

In Colorado, Licensed Appraisers are permitted to appraise non-complex, 1-4 unit residential properties having a transaction value below $1 million and complex 1-4 unit residential properties having a transaction value of less than $400,000.  

Required courses to become a trainee appraiser in Colorado 

  • Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours 
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours 
  • National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 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 

Online Info

A student enrollment agreement is required upon completion of all courses (except non-credit courses).   This enrollment agreement can be found in the documents section of each course. Please click on this link for the course catalog: Course Catalog

Required Education: 
150 Hours.
Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours.
Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours.
National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 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.

Experience: 1,000 hours of acceptable appraisal experience in not less than 6 months.

College Education: No college-level education required.

Online Limitations

NOTE: Potential students are advised to check with all appropriate Colorado Regulatory Agencies to confirm completion of the program/course offered by McKissock will satisfy initial or renewal licensing or certification requirements of that agency.

Roster

Roster Required: yes

Governing Agency

Colorado Board of Real Estate Appraisers
Phone: 3038942166
Fax: 3038942683
Address: 1560 Broadway, Suite 925, Denver, CO 80202

Good to Know: FAQs for how to become an appraiser in Colorado

Should I get my Colorado appraiser license? 

Appraisers in Colorado have an excellent opportunity to build a successful career in real estate with lower start-up costs and less risk than many other professions. Even during slower times in the real estate market, appraisers still provide property valuations during estate planning, divorce settlements, or tax assessments.

How long does it take to become a Colorado real estate appraiser?  

There’s not a set amount of time it takes to become a Licensed Appraiser, though it will take at least six months. You don’t need college credits or prior experience, but you will need to complete 150 hours of qualifying education, earn 1,000 hours of practical experience, and pass the exam.  

To help you complete your goals on a timeline that works best for you, McKissock offers both livestreaming and on-demand, self-paced courses that you can complete when and how it’s convenient for you.   

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