North Carolina Appraisal License Upgrade


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BrightPath joins the McKissock Learning family

We joined forces with the top appraisal education partner with one goal in mind: to arm professionals like you with the right tools, knowledge, and resources for your appraisal career.

Our partnership with McKissock Learning leverages the strength and expertise of both brands so we can continue delivering quality appraisal courses in North Carolina. Here’s what you’ll find at McKissock: 

  • The same quality education in a self-paced online option 
  • Online course access, 24/7 
  • Courses designed by appraisers, for appraisers

Are you currently enrolled in appraisal pre-licensing courses at Hondros? Access your courses here.

Take it to the next level

Appraisers have options when it comes to upgrading your license. Each level requires different skills, which enable you to appraise various types of properties — making the job more exciting! We offer package options and courses for whatever your next step may be.

Appraisal career paths

Once you have your appraisal qualifying education and trainee hours under your belt, you’ll want to consider which license level is right for you. Each level requires you to develop new skills that allows you to appraise different types of properties.


Appraise properties that your supervising appraiser is permitted to appraise.

Licensed Appraiser

Appraise simple residential properties with transaction limits.

* No college-level course requirements

Certified Residential

Appraise complex residential properties with no transaction limit.

* College-level education requirements

Certified General

Also known as a commericial appraiser, you can appraise all residential and commercial property types.

* College-level education requirements
Classification Trainee Appraiser Licensed Residential Appraise Certified Residential Appraiser Certified General Appraiser
Education Requirement 75 hours 150 hrs/td> 200 hrs 300 hrs
College Degree Requirement None None Bachelor's Degree in any field of study; Associate's Degree in a focused field of study, such as business, economics, or real estate; Successful completion of 30 college semester credit hours in specified topics Must have a Bachelor's degree or higher.
Experience Requirement None 1,000 hours of acceptable appraisal experience in not less than 6 months. 1,500 hours in no fewer than 12 months 3,000 hours of acceptable appraisal experience in no less than 18 months. A minimum of 1,500 hours of the required experience must be in non-residential appraisal work.
Permitted Independent Work Type All work must be completed with Supervisor and appropriate for supervisor's license level Non-complex 1-4 residential units with a transaction value of less than $1 million (subject to individual state laws) Complex 1-4 residential units with a transaction value less than $250,000 (subject to individual state laws) 1-4 residential units without regard to complexity or transaction value (subject to the Competency Provisions of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) All types of real estate, from strip malls to airports
Average Annual Income $63,750.00 $73,861.00 $91,574.00
*This is general information and varies from state to state. Check your state licensing requirements.
**Income averages from 2019 Income Guide.

Why upgrade your license

If you’re growing tired of appraising simple properties or are looking for more complex assignments with more income potential, upgrading your license is a good move. An upgrade can give you a much-needed advantage in the local market in addition to offering greater control over your fees and more stability in your work.

Earn more income

On average, certified general appraisers make 38% more than residential appraisers.

Enjoy more complex assignments

Add variety to your day with different types of properties and transaction limits.

Diversify your portfolio

Work with new clients, gain more control over fees and enjoy stability in your work.

How to upgrade your appraisal license

Depending on your state and the appraisal license level you wish to attain, the exact steps to upgrading will vary slightly. However, these are the general guidelines you’ll need to follow to meet the Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) criteria. Note that state appraiser regulatory agencies may set requirements that are greater, or more stringent than AQB criteria. Be sure to check your state’s specific licensing requirements to know exactly what you need to do.

Step 1
Work for a minimum period of 12 months as an appraiser
Step 2
Accumulate minimum 1,000 experience hours, depending which level you are working towards
Step 3
Meet the required AQB-approved and any college degree education requirements if required
Step 4
Pass the state exam and apply for your upgraded license

Did you know?

In many states, your credit toward becoming a certified general appraiser count toward your CE credits.