State-certified residential real estate appraiser

Education and experience requirements

To be eligible to become a state-certified residential real estate appraiser, 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 residential appraiser exam.

Experience

Before you may take the exam, you must:

  • Find a certified appraiser willing to supervise your work experience as a trainee.
  • Work under the supervisory appraiser to get a minimum of 2 years’ real estate appraiser experience (24 months and 2,500 hours). 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:

  • An associate degree or higher in any field or 21 semester hours (at least 3 semester hours each) in all of the following:
    • English composition
    • Principles of economics (micro or macro)
    • Finance
    • Algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics
    • Statistics
    • Introduction to computers: Word processing/spreadsheets
    • Business or real estate law
  • and
  • A total of 200 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
Residential market analysis and highest and best use 15 hours
Residential appraiser site valuation and cost approach 15 hours
Residential sales comparison and income approaches 30 hours
Residential appraiser report writing and case studies 15 hours
Statistics, modeling and finance 15 hours
Advanced residential applications and case studies 15 hours
Electives 20 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 form included in the application.
  2. Attach copies of all education documentation.
  3. Enclose a completed experience log. You won’t get 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 to take the 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:
    • 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.

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