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Requirements for getting a license under current criteria

The requirements for getting a real estate appraiser license will change effective January 1, 2015. To apply for a real estate appraiser license under the current requirements, you must:

  • Submit your application by October 1, 2014:
    • To learn how to apply, see How to get your license for the type of license you want.
    • 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.
  • Complete your required education, experience, and exams before January 1, 2015.

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Changes to qualification criteria start January 1, 2015

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) of the Appraisal Foundation has adopted changes to the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria that will become effective January 1, 2015. For more information, see Upcoming Changes to Real Property Appraiser Qualifications.

New federal licensing and reciprocity requirements effective July 1, 2013

Starting July 1, 2013, the Appraisal Subcommittee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council will formally incorporate the following new requirements:

  • Washington must have a policy for issuing reciprocal licenses if an appraiser:
    • Holds a valid license or certificate in a state in compliance with Title XI.
    • and
    • The licensing requirements for that state meet or exceed Washington’s requirements.
  • To be licensed as a state-licensed appraiser, you must meet the Appraiser Qualification Board’s qualification criteria. This means any license or certificate reported to the National Registry with an “Appraiser Qualifications Board Compliant” status of “No” or “Unknown” will automatically become inactive.
  • To be licensed in Washington, trainee appraisers and supervisory appraisers must meet the Appraiser Qualification Board’s qualification criteria.

For details, see the Appraisal Subcommittee Memo About Compliance Review Changes.

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