State-certified general real estate appraiser

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 take the state-certified general appraiser exam.

Experience

Before you may take the exam, you must:

  1. Find a certified appraiser willing to supervise your work experience as a trainee.
  2. Work under the supervisory appraiser to get a minimum of 2½ years’ real estate appraiser experience (30 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 in order to achieve the necessary hours of appraisal experience.

Education

To be eligible to take the exam, you must successfully complete:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in any field or 30 semester hours (at least 3 semester hours each) in all of the following:
    • English composition
    • Principles of economics (micro and macro)
    • Finance
    • Algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics
    • Statistics
    • Introduction to computers: Word processing/spreadsheets
    • Business or real estate law
    • Two elective courses in accounting, geography, agricultural economics, business management, or real estate
  • 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
Electives 30 hours

How to apply to take the certification exam

  1. Complete a Real Estate Appraiser Certification Application. If you’re from outside Washington State, please complete the Consent of Service section of the application form included in the application. If you’re applying under the existing 2008 Appraiser Qualifications Board criteria requirements prior to October 1, 2014, include a completed Real Estate Appraiser License/Certification Application Attestation with the Certification Application.
  2. Attach copies of all education documentation.
  3. Enclose a completed experience log. You won’t be granted credit for restricted appraisal reports.
  4. Enclose a check or money order for the $370 application fee (payable to the Department of Licensing). Fees are non-refundable.
  5. Mail the application, documentation, and fee to us at the address shown on the application.
  6. Allow a minimum of 2 weeks for processing. We’ll review the application and determine if you’re eligible for exam. Then we’ll send you a letter stating you’re approved to take the exam, or explaining why your application was denied.
  7. Schedule your exam online, by phone, or by mail with Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP). For more information, see the Candidate Handbook on the AMP website.

Apply by October 1, 2014 to qualify for a license under current requirements
The requirements for getting a real estate appraiser license will change effective January 1, 2015. To apply under the current requirements:

  • You must submit your application by October 1, 2014.
  • When submitting your experience log:
    • Fill out and submit the Attestation Form to:
      • Show all the hours you have to date.
      • Submit certification of the number of experience hours you still need to complete.
      • Declare that you’ll send us your final experience log with all the remaining experience hours by December 31, 2014.
  • You’ll need to complete all your required education, experience, and exams before January 1, 2015.

For veterans

U.S. Veterans may be eligible for partial reimbursements of costs. For more information: Education and Training | Licensing and Certification (www.benefits.va.gov)

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