How to get your license: State-certified general real estate appraiser

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Who needs a license?

Anyone who provides appraisal services for all types of real property.

Education and experience requirements

To be eligible you must meet all of the following education and experience requirements.

There's no specific order required to gain this education and experience. After you have completed these requirements, you're eligible to apply to take the state-certified general appraiser exam.

Education

To be eligible to take the exam, you must have:

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher (in any field) from an accredited college or university,
  • and
  • A total of 300 classroom hours of approved real estate appraisal courses, including all of the following,
Subject Hours required
Basic appraisal principles 30 hours
Basic appraisal procedures 30 hours
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) 15 hours
General appraiser market analysis and highest and best use 30 hours
Statistics, modeling, and finance 15 hours
General appraiser sales comparison approach 30 hours
General appraiser site valuation and cost approach 30 hours
General appraiser income approach 60 hours
General appraiser report writing and case studies 30 hours
Appraisal subject matter electives 30 hours

Experience

Before you may take the exam, you must:

  1. Find a certified appraiser willing to supervise your work experience as a licensed registered appraiser trainee. See State-registered real estate appraiser trainee for more information.
  2. Work under the supervisory appraiser to get at least 2½ years' real estate appraiser experience (30 full months and 3,000 hours).
    • At least 1,500 hours of this experience must be in non-residential appraising.
    • Hours may be treated as cumulative to achieve the necessary hours of appraisal experience.

Before you apply for the exam

  1. Complete the Real Estate Appraiser Applicant/Trainee Experience Log in chronological order. You won't be granted credit for restricted appraisal reports. Every page must be signed by you. All pages with experience obtained under a supervisor must also be signed by the supervisor.
  2. Request official college transcripts be sent to:
    Real Estate Appraiser Section
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9021
    Olympia, WA 98507-9021
  3. Gather your appraiser education course completion certificates.
  4. Be ready to answer criminal history questions and provide documents, if needed.

How to apply for the exam

  1. Submit your application:
  2. Allow at least 2 weeks for processing. We'll review the application to determine if you're eligible for the exam. We'll send you a letter stating you're approved to take the exam, or explaining why your application was denied.

After you're approved for the exam

Schedule your exam online, by phone, or by mail with Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc (goamp.com). For more information, see the Candidate Handbook.

After you've passed your exam

Complete the application process, either online or by mail.

  • Online
    1. What you'll need:
      • All the following documents, ready for upload. See Uploading documents instructions.
        • Your Notice of Approval letter issued by the Washington Appraiser Board
        • Your passing score report from the exam vendor
        • Receipt number from online application submission for exam
        • Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit or debit card to pay certification fee.
    2. Login to your dashboard
    3. At your dashboard, click Upload documents and follow the on-screen instructions to upload your Notice of Approval letter and passing score report
    4. At your dashboard, click Make a payment (bottom of the dashboard) and follow the on-screen instructions to pay the certification fee.
  • By mail
    • Send all of the following to the address shown below:
      • Copy of your Notice of Approval letter issued by the Washington Appraiser Board
      • Copy of your passing score report from the exam vendor
      • Check or money order payable to the Department of Licensing for the certification fee
        Real Estate Appraiser Section
        Department of Licensing
        PO Box 3917
        Seattle, WA 98124-3917

For veterans

U.S. Veterans may be eligible for partial reimbursements of costs. For more information: Education and Training | Licensing and Certification

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