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Certified General Real Property Appraiser

The Certified General Real Property Appraiser classification qualifies the appraiser to appraise all types of real property.

Step 1. License and Education 

To become a Certified General Real Property Appraiser, you must hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and complete and pass 300 hours* of qualifying education:

  1. Trainee Real Property Appraiser License or Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser or qualifying education (at least 75 hours)
  2. Real Estate Finance, Statistics, and Valuation Modeling (15 hours)
  3. General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use (30 hours)
  4. General Appraiser Sales Comparison and Income Approaches (30 hours)
  5. General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (30 hours)
  6. General Appraiser Income Approach / Part 1 (30 hours)
  7. General Appraiser Income Approach / Part 2 (30 hours)
  8. General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (30 hours)
  9. Elective**

OR

  1. Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser or qualifying education (at least 200 hours)
  2. General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use (30 hours)
  3. General Appraiser Sales Comparison and Income Approaches (30 hours)
  4. General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (30 hours)
  5. General Appraiser Income Approach / Part 1 (30 hours)
  6. General Appraiser Income Approach / Part 2 (30 hours)
  7. General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (30 hours)

*Certain states may require additional education, so please refer to the state's requirements.

FLORIDA licenees: The state of Florida has different versions of the following courses: Real Estate Finance, Statistics, and Valuation Modeling - Florida Version

Appraisal Institute Education Packages

**Elective: In most states, the following Appraisal Institute courses can be used for certified general real property appraiser electives.

Please refer to the state's requirements prior to enrolling in these elective courses.

The successful passing of these elective exams may also be used to earn credit for the MAI designation.

Step 2. State Examination

The successful passing of the Certified General Real Property Appraiser examination.

Appraisal Institute offers a course of online practice examination questions for real estate appraisers, developed for individuals working towards passing state licensing and certifications examinations.

Step 3. Work Experience

The accumulation of 3,000 hours of experience in 18 months (or more). Among the 3,000 hours, 1,500 hours must be non-residential appraisal work.

Experience minimums may varyin each state, so please refer to the state's requirements.

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