Appraisal Education: What to Expect

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Interested in pursuing an appraisal career or advancing your career in the appraisal profession? Education plays a crucial role along the road to becoming a licensed appraiser and beyond. McKissock is proud to be a leader in education for real estate appraisers. In this article, we outline the different stages of appraisal education, different learning options available, how to get started, and where to find resources and helpful info.

What role will appraisal education play in your career?

Appraisal education falls into several different buckets: qualifying education, continuing education, license upgrade education, and professional development.

  • Qualifying education: The courses you need to take to become a licensed appraiser.
  • Continuing education: Each state requires you to complete a certain number of continuing education (CE) hours in order to renew your appraisal license. The duration of your license, and the credit hours you must take, vary from state to state. CE is a great way to stay up-to-date on changes in the appraisal profession.
  • License upgrade education: Upgrade education allows you to upgrade your appraisal license to a different level, such as Certified Residential or Certified General. Your upgrade courses will expose you to new ideas, methods, and assignments you haven’t had the opportunity to master.
  • Professional development: From taking specialization and designation courses to attending online webinars or seminars on topics of interest, professional development education is not required by your state, but it gives you the opportunity to learn more about different areas of real estate.

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What type of learner are you?

You can take your appraisal qualifying education courses completely online through an accredited appraisal school, such as McKissock Learning.

Self-study education vs. live stream education

McKissock offers students two types of 100% online education: self-study and live stream.*

Self-study allows students to complete the qualifying education courses at their own pace, on their own time, while live stream mirrors a classroom setting in which students learn from an instructor live and in real-time. Both enable students to learn from the comfort and safety of their home or office. All you need is a computer or smart device and an internet connection and you’ll be on your way.

Not sure which learning style is for you? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you prefer to have a more flexible study schedule (i.e. self-study) or do you like the structure that attending a class at a certain date and time provides (i.e. live stream)?
  • Do you prefer to interact in real-time with other students and your instructor (i.e. live stream) or do you prefer to communicate via email or online chat (i.e. self-study)?

Whichever method you choose, with McKissock you can be confident that you will receive top-quality appraisal education from the industry’s experts.

* Self-paced and live stream course options are available in most states. Visit to check availability.

Resources and helpful info

McKissock Learning enables appraisers and real estate agents to maintain their licenses and achieve more in their careers through innovative courses, webinars, and job aids. We offer appraisal education courses for all license levels. You can earn your appraisal license, upgrade your appraisal license, enroll in USPAP, and complete your continuing education courses with us. Be sure to check out our blog for insights into the profession.

Ready to get started? Visit to enroll in courses today. Or give us a call at 800.328.2008 to schedule a call with an Education Specialist.

Editor’s note: This post was updated on November 12, 2021.

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