How to Get a Real Estate Appraisal License and Become an Appraiser | VanEd

Most states have a 3-tiered licensing system for real estate appraisers, each step of which requires education and documented training hours (Licensed Residential, Certified Residential, or Certified General). For your state’s current licensing rules, you may want to check your state appraisal board’s website for the details.

Generally, appraisers start with 75 hours of education (Basic Appraisal Principles, Basic Appraisal Procedures and the 15-hour National USPAP course) and then need to achieve 2,500 hours of experience and another 75 hours of coursework before they can take the initial Licensing exam. Completion of college-level education (a Bachelor’s degree for example) is required at the higher levels of licensing.