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Minnesota Appraiser License Requirements

Becoming a real estate appraiser offers you a great opportunity to start your own business, create a flexible schedule, and have more control over your earning potential. If you’re already an appraiser, upgrading your license can help you build your existing business and significantly increase your income.  

Whether you want to learn how to become an appraiser in Minnesota or advance your current license, we have the qualifying education necessary to reach your goals.  

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Minnesota Appraiser License: Trainee

Total Hours Required: 81 hrs
Mandatory Hours:
Elective Hours:

How to become an appraiser in Minnesota

The first step on an appraiser’s career journey is becoming a Trainee. As a Trainee Appraiser, you’ll work directly with a supervisory appraiser to learn how to complete appraisals and write reports. Here are the steps to getting your Trainee Appraiser license in Minnesota:   

Step 1: Complete required education:

  • Complete 75 hours of qualifying education  
  • Complete the Minnesota Supervisor/Trainee Appraiser Course – 6 hours

Step 2: Secure a Certified Residential or Certified General Appraiser who will act as your supervisory appraiser. Be sure to follow guidelines and submit appropriate paperwork for your supervisor selection.

Step 3:  Apply for your Trainee Appraiser license with the state board through Minnesota Commerce Department.

Step 4: Pass a criminal background check as part of your application process.

What does an Minnesota real estate appraiser do?

A real estate appraiser determines the fair market value of a property. Usually a lender will request this information for a potential buyer or for a homeowner seeking to refinance their mortgage, though appraisers are also needed to provide valuations for estate planning, a divorce settlement, or a tax assessment. 

An appraiser completes a valuation by performing a comprehensive assessment of the property, observing the condition of the interior and exterior, noting amenities, lot size, property square footage, and other property-specific details. However, the on-site portion is just a part of the project. An appraiser also conducts research into the current real estate market and looks at comparable properties in the area to offer a clear, informed opinion on the value. Once they have their on-site assessment and off-site research complete, they’ll use the information to draft their appraisal report. 

Minnesota Trainee Appraiser (81 hours) – AQB recommended course order  

  • Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours 
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours 
  • National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 hours 
  • Minnesota Supervisor/Trainee Appraiser Course – 6 hours  

Online Info

Required Education: 
81 Hours.
Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours 
Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours 
National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 hours 
Minnesota Supervisor/Trainee Appraiser Course – 6 hours 

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

The Minnesota Dept. of Commerce requires that you spend the approved credit hours in your online course. Please be sure that you thoroughly review the course material, participate in all activities provided, and take your time to correctly answer all quiz and exam questions. Our secure online final exam process ensures you will receive the proper credit for your course! Please note that your courses will time out after 10 minutes of inactivity!


Roster Required: yes
Roster Process:

Rosters are sent electronically each business day.

Roster Sent Every 1 days

Governing Agency

Minnesota Department of Commerce
Phone: 6515391599
Fax: 6515390112
Address: 85 7th Place East, Suite 500, St. Paul, MN 55101

Good to know

Should I become an appraiser in Minnesota?

In addition to wondering how to become an appraiser in Minnesota, you may be on the fence to become one in the first place. However, Minnesota real estate appraisers often build successful, stable careers. Even when the real estate market is slower, with fewer home sales, appraisers still provide needed valuations for estate planning, divorce settlements, and tax assessments.  

How long does it take to become an appraiser in Minnesota?

How long it takes to become an appraiser depends a lot on how quickly it takes to complete your qualifying education. To become a Trainee, you don’t need a college degree and only 81 hours of qualifying education. With McKissock’s on-demand, self-paced qualifying education, you can complete your coursework on a timeline that works best for you. We also have livestreaming courses so you can move through the information quickly while asking questions and engaging with our experienced instructors.  

While you complete your education, you can start finding your supervisory appraiser. After you have completed these steps, you can start the application process and background, which often only takes a few weeks.  

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