How to get your license: State-certified residential real estate appraiser

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Who needs a license?

Anyone who provides appraisal services for all types of real property.

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 apply to take the applicable exam.


To be eligible you must meet all of the education and experience requirements. If you are a State-Licensed Appraiser, you can upgrade to a Residential Appraiser license with no college education under certain conditions; see Upgrade from State-Licensed Appraiser to Residential Appraiser below.

Option 1

Bachelor's Degree or higher in any field of study

Option 2

Associates Degree in a field of study related to:

  • Business Administration
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economic, or
  • Real Estate

Option 3

Successful completion of 30 semester hours of college-level courses in all of the following specific topic areas:

  • English Composition (3 hours), and
  • Microeconomics (3 hours), and
  • Macroeconomics (3 hours), and
  • Finance (3 hours), and
  • Algebra, Geometry, or Higher Math (3 hours), and
  • Statistics (3 hours), and
  • Computer Science (3 hours), and
  • Business Law or Real Estate Law (3 hours), and
  • 2 Elective courses in Accounting, Geography, Agricultural Economics, Business Management, or Real Estate (3 hours each elective)

Option 4

Successful completion of at least 30 semester hours of College Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) examinations that cover all of the following:

  • College mathematics (6 hours), and
  • College algebra (3 hours), and
  • College Composition (6 hours), and
  • College Composition Modular (3 hours), and
  • Principles of Microeconomics (3 hours), and
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (3 hours), and
  • Introductory Business Law (3 hours), and
  • Information systems (3 hours)

Option 5

Successful completion of 30 semester credit hour combination of Option 3 (college) and Option 4 (CLEP®) to include at least 1 course or CLEP exam in each of the following:

  • Composition, and
  • Microeconomics, and
  • Macroeconomics, and
  • Business law, and
  • Algebra, Geometry, or Higher Math


  • Appraiser specific education: A total of 200 classroom hours of approved real estate appraisal courses (see Approved Course Catalog), including all of the following (if upgrading from State-Licensed see list above instead):
    Education requirements
    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
    Appraisal Subject Matter Electives 20 hours


Before you may take the exam, you must:

  1. Find a certified appraiser willing to supervise your work experience as a licensed registered appraiser trainee. See State-registered real estate appraiser trainee for more information.
  2. Work under the supervisory appraiser to get at least 2 years real estate appraiser experience (24 full months, first date to last date of experience log, and 2,500 hours).

Upgrade from a State-Licensed Appraiser to a Certified Residential Appraiser

If you're licensed as a State-Licensed Appraiser, you can upgrade to a Certified Residential Appraiser with no college education if:

  • You've been licensed as a State-Licensed Appraiser for a minimum of 5 years, and
  • Your license is in good standing and not subject to disciplinary action within the last 5 years affecting eligibility to practice, and
  • You submit a new experience log reflecting 500 experience hours gained as a State-Licensed Appraiser in no fewer than 12 full months (first date through last date of experience log), and
  • You have completed appraiser specific education that includes:
    • Statistics, modeling, and finance, 15 hours, and
    • Advanced residential applications and case studies, 15 hours, and
    • Appraisal subject matter electives (see Approved Course Catalog for eligible courses), 20 hours.

Before you apply for the exam

  1. Complete the Real Estate Appraiser Applicant/Trainee Experience Log in chronological order. You won't be granted credit for restricted appraisal reports. Every page must be signed by you. All pages with experience obtained under a supervisor must also be signed by the supervisor. If you have multiple supervisors, separate logs must be maintained – one for each supervisor and their signature.
  2. Gather your appraiser education course completion certificates.

How to apply for the exam

  1. Mail a completed Real Estate Appraiser Certification Application and the following attachments to the address shown on the application:
    • Copies of your appraiser education course completion certificates.
    • Appraiser Applicant/Trainee Assignment Log
    • Check or money order for the application fee (payable to the Department of Licensing). Fee is non-refundable.
  2. Allow at least 2 weeks for processing. We'll review the application to determine if you're eligible for the exam. We'll send you a letter stating you're approved to take the exam, or explaining why your application was denied.

After you're approved for the exam

Schedule your exam online, by phone, or by mail with Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc ( For more information, see the Candidate Handbook.

After you've passed your exam

Send all of the following to the address shown below:

  • Copy of your Notice of Approval letter issued by the Department of Licensing
  • Copy of your passing score report from the exam vendor
  • Check or money order payable to the Department of Licensing for the certification fee
    Real Estate Appraiser Section
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 3917
    Seattle, WA 98124-3917

For veterans

U.S. Veterans may be eligible for partial reimbursements of costs. For more information: Education and Training | Licensing and Certification

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