Step 1. Education
Most states require aspiring appraisers to first become a Trainee Appraiser (also known as an apprentice appraiser or a registered appraiser).
Educational requirement: at least 75 hours* of qualifying education:
Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours)
Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours)
15- Hour National USPAP Course (15 hours)
Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser Course (not included in 75 hours)
*Certain states may require additional education, so please refer to the state's requirements.
Appraisal Institute Online Education Packages (pricing)
Appraisal Institute offers Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser course - which certain status require, so please refer to the state's requisites.
FAQs: Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Course
State Requirements for Supervisory, Trainee Appraisers
Step 2. Application
Upon the completion of all required courses (and the passing of any required exams), the aspiring trainee may apply (if applicable) for the appraisal trainee license by first identifying the certified appraiser who will directly supervise said trainee.
Submit your application to your state (fees, fingerprints, background check information, etc.)
Receive trainee license from your state
Please refer to the state's application process on how to obtain a trainee license (if applicable).
Step 3. Work Experience
Upon completion of steps two and three, a trainee may begin working under the identified certified appraiser to gain experience hours. Both trainee and supervisor will record all completed work for eventual submission and review by the state when the trainee applies for the next level in licensure.