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Do I need a license to perform appraisals?

Every state requires real estate appraisers to have a license in order to provide appraisals to federally regulated lenders.

The next question you may have is, “how do I get my appraisal license?” and that answer is a bit tougher because every state has specific requirements.

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) of The Appraisal Foundation establishes the minimum requirements states must have for every licensing level: Trainee, Licensed Residential Appraiser, Certified Residential Appraiser, and Certified General Appraiser.

To become a Trainee Appraiser, the AQB’s minimum requirements are:

  1. Complete 75 hours of Qualifying Education
  2. Find a supervisory appraiser to work with you
  3. Apply for your trainee license with your state board

Once you have your trainee license, you can then work under your supervisor to fulfill at least 1,000 hours of hands-on experience, complete a minimum of 50 additional hours of Qualifying Education, and sit for the National Uniform License and Certification Exam.

Find your state’s appraiser requirements

Again, state requirements vary significantly, so the best way to get started is knowing exactly what your state’s steps are. Click on the state below to be redirected to our licensing requirements page where you will find information on:

  • Required education in your state by license level
  • Experience hours required
  • Additional education required
  • Exclusions – which courses can be taken online and if any are excluded and must be taken in a classroom
  • Links to your state Appraisal Board and contact information
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