Easier to become a certified appraiser?

College Degree Alternative and Shorter Experience Time Proposed

In the future, it could become much easier for trainees and licensed appraisers to become a certified appraiser. The Bachelor’s Degree requirement could disappear and the minimum required experience could be slashed as much as half.  A recent proposal by the Appraiser Qualifications Board of the Appraisal Foundation would, if adopted, result in “requirements  that are less stringent  than  those  currently  in  effect” and “would go into effect immediately.”

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Trainees could still use a Bachelor’s Degree as part of their qualifications for certification, but would have 4 other options to include an Associate’s Degree in certain subjects, no degree but 30 semester in hours in certain subjects, no degree but 30 semester hours gained via CLEP examinations, or a combination of these options.

Licensed Appraisers who have been licensed at least 5 years without certain disciplinary actions within 5 years will be provided an alternative to the Bachelor’s Degree requirement.



  • Licensed Residential – 2000 hrs – 1 year min
  • Certified Residential – 2500 hrs – 2 year min
  • Certified General – 3000 hrs – 2.5 year min


  • Licensed Residential – 1000 hrs – 6 month min
  • Certified Residential – 1500 hrs – 1 year min
  • Certified General – 3000 hrs – 1.5 year min


With a lower qualifications requirements proposed, in addition to a national appraiser shortage, a trend of increasing appraisal fees, and NC law requiring customary and reasonable fees, now is a great time to consider becoming a real estate appraiser.

Our 2018 trainee classes are scheduled to start January in Charlotte, February in Wilmington, and March in Raleigh-Durham.

For more on becoming a trainee and then being certified, visit the NC Appraisal Board or the Appraisal Foundation. Also see this Information Booklet.


The written comment period on the proposals listed in this article ends January 18, 2018.  The AQB will accept verbal comments at its February 1, 2018 meeting.  Comments will be placed on the Appraisal Foundation’s website for public viewing.

What do you think about the proposed changes? Why?

  1. Glenda Helms

    I think the board should revisit the experience hours. By changing from a point system to an hours system, I believe an unintended consequence is that the number of appraisals has increase – if the logs are accurate with the number of hours. Good to see that they are open to changes.

    • Mel Black

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Glenda! Will be interesting to see where the cards end up falling.

  2. matt hawk

    If I could wax philosophical for a moment, this seems to be a continuation of a disturbing trend in American society for most of my life. Rather than ask people to work harder or better themselves, our society tends to lower standards. It makes you wonder if today’s population would have ever made it west of the Mississippi all those years ago.

    • Mel Black

      Interesting thoughts, Matt! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ben Jones


    I think the change in education requirements would be satisfactory but keep the current requirements on experience/on the job training. You can only learn so much in a class but deal with the reality of appraising in the field.

    Ben Jones

    • Mel Black

      There’s nothing like some real world learning! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ben. I appreciate it.

      • Austin Smith

        I could not agree more that actual field work is essential to becoming an appraiser; however, I would ask how many trainees Ben has? It’s not the requirement that creates a roadblock, it’s the lack of willing supervisors.


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