Starting Your Career

To become a real property appraiser, you will need to obtain education and experience, and pass a state-administered licensing or certification exam.


The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) set new minimum education criteria that became effective in all states on January 1, 2008. The new criterion includes an increase in the minimum number of hours required to become licensed or certified, and specifies specific topic areas to be covered by these courses. Also, the criterion includes more in-depth topic coverage and increase in hours. There is a new uniform state licensing/certification examination, and a college degree requirement for the certified levels.

Current & Past Required Minimum Appraisal Education Hours

Appraiser Trainee 75
Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser 150
Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser 200
Certified General Real Property Appraiser 300

The Appraisal Institute has created several Education Packages to help you meet your state requirements.

Please note: These are minimum criteria; states have the option requiring more hours than listed. It is imperative that you understand your state requirements. Many states may require more than the minimum required hours. Check with your state agency for details.


Trainees looking for a supervisory appraiser should note that effective January 1, 2008, a supervising appraiser must be either a certified residential or certified general appraiser in good standing and not subject to any disciplinary action within the last two years that affect the supervising appraiser's legal eligibility to practice appraisal.

The AQB has set the following minimum criteria for experience:

Level Hours of Experience Required
Trainee Subject to direct supervision by a supervising appraiser who is certified in good standing
Licensed Residential 2,000 hours (effective 1/1/08, these hours must be obtained in no fewer than 12 months)
Certified Residential 2,500 hours in no fewer than 24 months
Certified General 3,000 hours in no fewer than 30 months

State Examination

Appraisal Institute courses do an excellent job to prepare you to pass state examinations to become licensed or certified. Our courses reinforce real estate appraisal theory and concepts by presenting and applying them to real-world problems and case studies.

To schedule a state examination, please contact your state regulatory agency for details.

How can the Appraisal Institute help further your career?

Join the Appraisal Institute 

Start by joining as a Candidate or Practicing Affiliate and gain access to numerous professional development resources that can help you advance your career. 
Benefits of becoming a joining include:
  • Discounts of up to 30% on all education and up to 20% on all books.
  • FREE subscriptions to The Appraisal Journal and Valuation magazine
  • Premier research services through the Lum Library
  • Comprehensive protection plans and medical services through REAGIT

Join an Appraisal Institute Chapter. Benefits of joining a chapter include:

  • Networking
  • Chapter meetings
  • Local public relations and government relations
  • Chapter leadership opportunities









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The Coalition of Pennsylvania Real Estate Appraisers (CPREA) was formed in late 2012 by the five Pennsylvania Chapters of the Appraisal Institute and other interested appraisal professionals to be the Voice of Responsible Real Estate Valuation in Pennsylvania. Browse the Coalition website at www.cprea.org to get more information.

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