Upgrade your appraisal license

The quality education you need to upgrade your appraisal license and become a certified residential or certified general appraiser.

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Take it to the next level

Appraisers have options when it comes to upgrading your license. Each level requires different skills, which enable you to appraise various types of properties — making the job more exciting! We offer package options and courses for whatever your next step may be.

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Appraisal career paths

Once you have your appraisal qualifying education and trainee hours under your belt, you'll want to consider which license level is right for you. Each level requires you to develop new skills that allows you to appraise different types of properties.

Choose the career path that's right for you

Trainee Trainee
Appraise properties that your supervising appraiser is permitted to appraise.
Licensed Appraiser Licensed Appraiser
Appraise simple residential properties with transaction limits.

• No college-level course requirements
Certified Residential Certified Residential
Appraise complex residential properties with no transaction limit.

• College-level education requirements
Certified General Certified General
Also known as a commericial appraiser, you can appraise all residential and commercial property types.

• College-level education requirements

Why upgrade your license

If you’re growing tired of appraising simple properties or are looking for more complex assignments with more income potential, upgrading your license is a good move. An upgrade can give you a much-needed advantage in the local market in addition to offering greater control over your fees and more stability in your work.

Earn more income

On average, certified general appraisers make 38% more than residential appraisers.

Enjoy more complex assignments

Add variety to your day with different types of properties and transaction limits.

Diversify your portfolio

Work with new clients, gain more control over fees and enjoy stability in your work.

How to upgrade your appraisal license

Depending on your state and the appraisal license level you wish to attain, the exact steps to upgrading will vary slightly. However, these are the general guidelines you'll need to follow to meet the Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) criteria. Note that state appraiser regulatory agencies may set requirements that are greater, or more stringent than AQB criteria. Be sure to check your state's specific licensing requirements to know exactly what you need to do.


Step 1

Work for a minimum period of 12 months as an appraiser


Step 2

Accumulate minimum 1,000 experience hours, depending which level you are working towards


Step 3

Meet the required AQB-approved and any college degree education requirements if required


Step 4

Pass the state exam and apply for your upgraded license

Did you know?

In many states, your credit toward becoming a certified general appraiser count toward your CE credits.

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Top Notch Education

Written by experienced certified appraisers, we are the exclusive provider of The Appraisal Foundation’s national online USPAP course for 10 years.

Flexible learning

Online courses and interactive webinars, plus professional development tools in multiple content formats to meet your needs.

Engage with experts

Grow your knowledge with the Pro-Series suite of monthly one-hour, non-credit webinars on hot topics from around the profession.

Get connected

Access the online appraisal community 24/7 and join appraisers all over the U.S. to ask questions and discuss industry changes.

McKissock courses and online delivery method are approved by each state Board of Real Estate Appraisers and International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC).

McKissock is the exclusive provider of The Appraisal Foundation’s national online USPAP course for the past 10 years.

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State-by-state upgrade education options

Select your state to view our extensive library of appraisal upgrade education courses. Each course helps you develop new skills that allow appraisal of different types of properties.

Check your state’s continuing education requirements