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The mission of the Appraisal Institute Education department is to develop programs to meet the training and professional development needs of real estate appraisers. Through our programs, individuals gain the skills and knowledge required to meet Appraisal Institute and state continuing professional development needs. Our programs also contribute to individuals meeting the education requirements for the Appraisal Institute professional designations.

All online education programs are developed and written by practicing appraisers and other professionals and are reviewed by teams of subject matter experts to ensure that their content is accurate, up-to-date and relevant to today’s appraisers. All AI programs are designed as learning experiences utilizing relevant research from appropriate fields such as cognitive science, educational psychology and instructional technology.

Approvals for Appraisal Institute Online Education

The Appraisal Institute’s online education programs are submitted to the following national regulators.  Most states approve programs after national regulators approve them.  Always confirm with your state that a program is approved before registering.


The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) is appointed by the Appraisal Foundation and establishes the qualification criteria for state licensing, certification and recertification of appraisers. FIRREA mandates that all state certified appraisers must meet the minimum education, experience and examination requirements promulgated by the AQB. The AQB has also developed voluntary criteria for personal property appraisers.


The International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC) is a subsidiary of The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO). In 2000, the success of the ARELLO Distance Education Certification program created demand for another certification credential that could be used in industries beyond real estate. Regulatory agencies in the appraisal industry have recognized IDECC Certification as the leading credential for distance education courses.

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