How to get your license: State-registered real estate appraiser trainee

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    • Use our online services where available
    • or
    • Mail applications and documents with money to the PO Box in Seattle. (Mail deliverers requiring signatures won't deliver to a PO Box.)
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Education requirements

Complete 79 classroom hours of approved real estate appraisal courses, including:

Subject Hours required
Basic appraisal principles 30 hours
Basic appraisal procedures 30 hours
National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course or equivalent 15 hours
Supervisory appraiser/Trainee appraiser course 4 hours

Washington approved real estate appraiser courses and providers are listed in the Approved Appraiser Course Catalog. Colleges offering these courses may not be listed as providers in our catalog, but we'll accept official college transcripts for these appraiser courses.

Supervisor qualification requirements

  • To gain your required experience hours you must train under an appraiser that meets all the following requirements:
    • Be certified as a general or residential appraiser for a minimum of 3 years
    • Be in good standing for the 3 years immediately preceding their supervisor registration
    • Have no more than 3 trainees with less than 1 year experience
    • Have successfully completed a 4-hour Supervisory/Trainee course
  • You can't begin gaining experience hours until we have registered and approved a certified appraiser as a supervisor for you.
  • If we discipline your supervising appraiser, the experience hours gained under them may not qualify when you apply to take the appraiser exam.

Before you register

  1. Complete the education requirements listed above.
  2. Find an appraiser that meets the supervisor qualification requirements above to supervise your experience hours training.
  3. Gather copies of all your appraiser education course completion certificates for the 4 required courses.
  4. Be ready to answer criminal history questions and provide documents, if needed

How to register

  1. Submit your application:
    • Online
      • What you'll need:
        • Appraiser education course completion certificates, ready for upload (How to upload documents)
        • If needed, criminal history documents, ready for upload
        • Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit or debit card to pay license fee. Fee is non-refundable.
    • By mail
  2. Allow at least 2 weeks for processing. We'll notify you and the supervisor when you're registered and approved to begin experience training.
    • Your initial license will expire on your 2nd birthday from the date issued and every 2 years afterward (maximum of 2 renewals).

After you and your supervisor are approved

After you're notified that you're registered as a trainee with an approved supervisor, you must:

  • Begin your experience training. You must keep an experience log for your assignments in chronological date order.
  • For non-mass appraisal experience use Real Estate Appraiser Applicant/Trainee Experience Log.
  • For mass appraisal experience use Real Estate Assessor's Mass Appraisal Log
  • Begin to take the real estate appraiser specific qualifying education needed to take the exam for the type of licensure/certification you want.
  • Renew your trainee license every 2 years as needed (no more than 2 times) to complete your experience.
    • You must take 28 hours of approved continuing education courses, including the 7-hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), for each renewal.

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