How to Upgrade Your Appraisal License

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You know there are good reasons to upgrade your appraisal license—including making more money—but you might be unsure of how to go about it. Depending on your state and the license level you wish to attain, the exact steps for how to upgrade your appraisal license will vary slightly. However, these are the general guidelines you’ll need to follow to meet the Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) criteria.

Real estate appraiser qualification criteria

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* Hours required include specific curriculum courses and hours — please see the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria for details.

Please note that state appraiser regulatory agencies may set requirements that are greater (i.e., more stringent) than AQB criteria. Be sure to check your state’s specific licensing requirements to know exactly what you need to do. You can find more information on upgrading, as well as upgrade packages for your state, at

Free Download: Looking to upgrade your appraisal license? Learn more with our free upgrade guide. Packages with payment plans are available.

Is now a good time to upgrade your appraisal license?


Answer the following questions to find out if upgrading your license is for you.

  1. I enjoy the valuation business but feel I am limited in my work as a trainee or licensed appraiser.
    a.) Strongly agree  b.) Somewhat agree  c.) Disagree
  2. I wish my income as a trainee or licensed appraiser was more stable.
    a.) Strongly agree  b.) Somewhat agree  c.) Disagree
  3. I enjoy using advanced valuation, analytical, and technical tools to appraise properties.
    a.) Strongly agree  b.) Somewhat agree  c.) Disagree
  4. I could use a bit more diversity in my appraisal work.
    a.) Strongly agree  b.) Somewhat agree  c.) Disagree
  5. I have the ability to complete 180–225 hours of coursework to obtain my appraisal license upgrade.
    a.) Strongly agree  b.) Somewhat agree  c.) Disagree

Your score

Mostly As: You’re ready to upgrade. Now is a great time for you to advance your career skills and add diversity and stability to your appraisal career. Get started now.

Mostly Bs: It’s a toss-up. You see the benefits of upgrading but still have a few hesitations. You can read more about upgrading in our free upgrade ebook, or call one of our Education Specialists about upgrading at 877.204.1039. When you’re 100% ready, we’ll have the tools you need to make the career jump.

Mostly Cs: Hold tight. Upgrading might not be in the cards for you right now—and that’s okay. When and if you become ready to upgrade, McKissock will have your back every step of the way.

What are your next steps?

Schedule a call with an Education Specialist

McKissock’s Education Specialists can help you understand the ins and outs of the requirements you need to meet for upgrading your appraisal license. Give us a call at 877.204.1039.

Editor’s note: This post was updated on January 4, 2022.

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