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Do I have to become a trainee appraiser first?

The short answer to this question is “Yes.” In nearly every state, you must become a trainee appraiser and complete specific requirements before taking the National Uniform Licensing and Certification Exam to become a Licensed or Certified Residential Appraiser.

How do I become a trainee appraiser?

Depending on your state, a trainee appraiser may be referred to as an apprentice appraiser or as a registered, provisional, or limited appraiser, and there are different requirements to become one. However, the Appraisal Qualifying Board recommends the following minimum requirements:

  • 75 hours of pre-licensing courses, including Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours), National USPAP Course (15 hours), and Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours)
  • Working with a supervisory appraiser who is a Certified Residential or Certified General Appraiser and is approved to supervise a trainee
  • Applying and receiving the state’s trainee license (which may also be called a permit in your state)

Once you have your real estate appraiser trainee license, you can then complete additional qualifying education and hands-on, supervised experience. Find your state’s requirements below to get a more specific path to becoming a Licensed or Certified Residential Appraiser.

Alabama Hawaii Michigan North Carolina Texas
Arizona Idaho Minnesota North Dakota Utah
Arkansas Illinois Mississippi Ohio Vermont
California Indiana Missouri Oklahoma Virgin Islands
Colorado Iowa Montana Oregon Virginia
Connecticut Kansas Nebraska Pennsylvania Washington
Delaware Kentucky Nevada Puerto Rico West Virginia
District of Columbia Louisiana New Jersey Rhode Island Wisconsin
Florida Maine New Mexico South Carolina Wyoming
Georgia Maryland New York South Dakota

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