State-licensed real estate appraiser

Education and experience requirements

To be eligible to become a state-licensed real estate appraiser, you must meet all of the following education and experience requirements.

There is no specific order required to gain this education and experience. After you have completed these requirements, you’re eligible to take the state-licensed real estate appraiser exam.


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 2,000 hours). Hours may be treated as cumulative in order to achieve the necessary hours of appraisal experience.


To be eligible to take the exam, you must successfully complete a total of 150 classroom hours of approved real estate appraisal courses. These courses must include the following:

Subject Hours required
Basic appraisal principles 30 hours
Basic appraisal procedures 30 hours
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

How to apply to take the licensing examination

  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 the Attestation Form 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 more information, see:

Washington Healthcare Finder
Access Washington – official state government website