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For more than 85 years, real property appraisers and their clients take Appraisal Institute courses and seminars because the Appraisal Institute offers quality education. Thoroughly researched and developed by practicing appraisers who are subject matter experts, Appraisal Institute course or seminar materials are peer-reviewed, professionally designed and edited, taught by seasoned practicing appraisers, and offered throughout the United States through multiple delivery platforms from classroom to online to webinars. The Appraisal Institute meets the needs of those who are just entering the valuation field, completing their professional designation coursework, need continuing education, or are lifelong learners wanting to reinforce or hone new skills. 

Starting Your Career

To become a real property appraiser, you will need to meet the minimum requirements set by the Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) in the following three areas:

  • Education
  • Experience
  • State licensing or certification exam

What is the AQB?

The AQB is an independent board of The Appraisal Foundation. Under the provisions of Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), the AQB establishes the minimum education, experience and examination requirements for real property appraisers to obtain a state certification.

Learn more about the Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB).


The current AQB minimum education criteria are outlined in the table below. The Appraisal Institute Qualifying Education for Licensing/Certification curriculum is designed to exactly match the education criteria established by the AQB. In addition to required education hours, there is also a uniform state licensing/certification examination and a college degree requirement for the certified levels.

Minimum Criteria for Appraisal Education Hours 

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


Convenient Education Packages

The Appraisal Institute offers several Education Packages to help you save time and money. Save with Education Packages.

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. For more information about your state’s requirements, contact your state regulatory agency.


If you are a trainee looking for a supervising appraiser, the 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 1,000 hours in no fewer than 6 months
Certified Residential 1,500 hours in no fewer than 12 months
Certified General 3,000 hours in no fewer than 18 months, of which 1,500 hours must be non-residential appraisal work.

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, contact your state regulatory agency.

Take Your Career to the Next Level

Obtain an Appraisal Institute designation and elevate your career into the upper echelon of valuation experts.

Appraisal Institute Designated memberships have long been recognized by courts of law, governmental agencies, financial institutions and investors as marks of excellence in the field of real estate valuation and analysis.

With an Appraisal Institute designation behind your name, you will be recognized immediately for your knowledge, experience and integrity.

If you are a state certified general or residential appraiser, get started by becoming a Candidate and begin the road to designation with our AI Designation Education for Appraisal or Review.

Expand Your Knowledge with Continuing Education and Professional Development Programs

To enhance the appraisers knowledge and further help appraisers hone their skills, the Appraisal Institute offers a variety of continuing education subjects and professional development programs to real estate appraisers. Continuing education and professional development education can enforce an appraisal skill or expose an appraiser to a new concept or methodology and support lifelong learning, which is important as the knowledge and skills acquired when earning your credential are usually not sufficient for a professional career spanning two or three decades.

Our Continuing Education programs cover a wide range of topics geared toward residential and commercial appraisers and are offered through multiple delivery platforms, from classroom to online to webinars!

Topics for Professional Development Programs cover a body of knowledge in a specialty allowing participants to obtain educational competency in a property type or specialty area.



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