FAQs: Appraisal Qualifying Education

Find answers to your questions about McKissock.

What are the requirements to get an appraisal license in my state?

Most states follow these general requirements:

Trainee Appraiser:  75 hours of appraisal education

  • Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hr)
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hr)
  • National USPAP Update or Equivalent (15 hr)

Licensed Residential Appraiser:  150 hours of appraisal education

  • Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hr)
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hr)
  • National USPAP Update or Equivalent (15 hr)
  • Residential Market Analysis & Highest and Best Use (15 hr)
  • Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hr)
  • Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches (30 hr)
  • Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 hr)

Certified Residential Appraiser – 200 hours of appraisal education

  • Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hr)
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hr)
  • National USPAP Update or Equivalent (15 hr)
  • Residential Market Analysis & Highest and Best Use (15 hr)
  • Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hr)
  • Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches (30 hr)
  • Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 hr)
  • Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hr)
  • Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies (15 hr)
  • Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hr)

Certified General Appraiser – 300 hours of appraisal education

  • Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hr)
  • Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hr)
  • National USPAP Update or Equivalent (15 hr)
  • General Appraiser Market Analysis & Highest and Best Use (30 hr)
  • Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hr)
  • General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (30 hr)
  • General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach (30 hr)
  • General Appraiser Income Approach (60 hr)
  • General Report Writing and Case Studies (30 hr)
  • Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (30 hr)

You can view all education requirements for your state and the AQB recommended order that you take your courses HERE.

McKissock has some resources that you might find helpful.

  • You can find the short booklet on becoming an appraiser HERE.
  • You can find the short booklet on upgrading your license HERE.
  • You can find the short booklet that contains the appraisal income guide HERE.

Each state also has experience hours and, for some levels, college requirements. Click on the state in the table below to be redirected to our licensing requirements page for your state:

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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