FAQs: Appraisal Qualifying Education

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What are the appraisal categories and what types of properties can they appraise?

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) of The Appraisal Foundation is authorized by Congress to establish the minimum requirements for Certified General Real Property Appraiser and Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser classifications, and the AQB provides recommended minimum requirements for the Licensed Real Property Appraiser and Trainee classifications. Descriptions for the four categories can be found below :

  • Appraiser Trainee:  Someone who is qualified to appraise those properties, which the supervising certified appraiser is qualified to appraise.
  • Licensed Real Property Appraiser:  Someone who is qualified to appraise non-complex one to four units having a transaction value less than $1,000,000 and complex one to four residential units having a transaction value less than $250,000. This classification does not include the appraisal of subdivisions.
  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser:  Someone who is qualified to appraise one to four residential units without regard to value or complexity. This classification does not include the appraisal of subdivisions. To be a state certified residential appraiser qualified to do appraisals for federally related transactions, a state must have requirements that meet or exceed this minimum standard.
  • Certified General Real Property Appraiser:  Someone who is qualified to appraise all types of real property. To be a state certified general appraiser qualified to do appraisals for federally related transactions, a state must have requirements that meet or exceed this minimum standard.

For trainee and licensed classifications, this is an AQB recommendation only. States are not required to utilize this guidance.  Some states may have trainee or license programs that have very different requirements.

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