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How to Become an Appraiser in Ohio – License Requirements

If you want to own your own business, have a more flexible schedule, or have more say in your earning potential, becoming an Ohio real estate appraiser is a great option. And if you’re already an appraiser, upgrading your license can help you diversify and increase your current income and grow your business.  

Whether you’re just exploring how to become an appraiser in Ohio or ready to take the next step, McKissock Learning has the qualifying education you need to meet your goals.  

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Ohio Appraiser License: Reg Assistant

Total Hours Required: 82 hrs
Mandatory Hours:
Elective Hours:

How to become an appraiser in Ohio

If you want to become an appraiser in Ohio, the first step is to become a Trainee, also called a “Registered Appraiser Assistant.” During the trainee stage, you’ll work with a Certified Supervisory Appraiser learning how to evaluate properties, research property information and comparables, and write reports.  

Prior to gaining your Registered Appraiser Assistant license, you will need to take the following steps.

Step 1: Complete the required education which includes:   

  • Complete 75 hours of qualifying Ohio appraiser education 
  • Complete the 3-hour Ohio Fair Housing Course 
  • Complete a 4-hour Appraiser Trainee/Supervisory Appraiser Course  

Step 2: Find a supervisory appraiser to provide guidance through your training process. Your search for a supervisor can begin while you are completing your education to ensure you have one lined up.

Step3: Once you’ve completed the steps above, you can submit your application to become a Registered Appraiser Assistant. All applicants must also complete and pass a criminal background check as part of their application process.

After you receive your credentials, you can begin working with your supervisor to gain experience and hands-on learning while earning income.  

What does an Ohio real estate appraiser do?

An appraiser determines the value of the property by performing a comprehensive on-site inspection, including the condition of the interior and exterior, amenities, lot size, property square footage, and other property-specific details. However, the on-site inspection is only a portion of the project. An appraiser also conducts research into the current real estate market and comparable local properties to provide the most accurate value. Once they have their on-site inspection and off-site research complete, they’ll use the information to draft their appraisal report. 

Ohio Registered Appraiser Assistant (Trainee) – 82 hours & AQB recommended course order 

  • Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours 
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours 
  • National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 hours 
  • Ohio Fair Housing Course – 3 hours 
  • AQB Supervisor/Trainee Course – 4 hours 

Online Info

Required Education: 
82 Hours
   Basic Appraisal Principles – 30 hours 
   Basic Appraisal Procedures – 30 hours 
   National USPAP Course or Equivalent – 15 hours 
   Ohio Fair Housing Course – 3 hours 
   AQB Supervisor/Trainee Course – 4 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

No online limitations.


Roster Required: yes

Governing Agency

Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing, Appraiser Section
Phone: 6144664100
Fax: 6146440584
Address: 77 S High St 20th floor, Columbus, OH 43215

Good to know – Frequently asked questions about Ohio real estate appraisers

Should I become an appraiser in Ohio?

Ohio real estate appraisers have the opportunity to build a successful, stable career. Even when the market is in a downturn, appraisers are still necessary to provide valuations during estate planning, divorces, or tax assessments.  

How long does it take to become an Ohio real estate appraiser?  

Becoming a Registered Appraiser Assistant is a quick process, especially compared to other career paths. You don’t need any college education to become a registered assistant – you just need to complete 82 hours of education.  

With McKissock’s on-demand, self-paced courses, you can complete your QE on a timeline that works best for you. We also have livestreaming courses that can help you move through the information more quickly while allowing you to ask questions and engage with the instructor.  

While you complete your education, you can start connecting with a supervisory appraiser. From there, you can begin the application process and background check, which typically only takes a few weeks, though it can vary.  

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