You’ll Need To Become A Pennsylvania-Licensed Appraiser Trainee

Become A PA Licensed Appraiser TraineeUnder regulations from the Pennsylvania State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers, all individuals interested in becoming a certified residential or general appraiser must first become a “Licensed Appraiser Trainee.” An earlier trainee position formerly recognized by the state, that of “appraisal assistant,” has been eliminated. Former appraisal assistants are no longer qualified to provide “significant real property appraisal assistance.”

Individuals interested in becoming a licensed appraiser trainee must:

1) Submit an application to become a licensed appraiser trainee to the state Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers;

2) Complete 75 hours of course work (specifically, National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), 15 hours; Basic Appraisal Principles, 30 hours; and Basic Appraisal Procedures, 30 hours) before they can begin to obtain required appraisal field experience. Courses must be successfully completed within five years of applying for an appraiser trainee license;

3) By Jan. 1, 2015, or after, successfully complete a fourth course that covers “requirements and responsibilities of supervisory appraisers and expectations for trainees” as established by the Appraiser Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation. Certified appraisers who will supervise licensed appraiser trainees in the field also must successfully complete this course.

3) By Jan. 1, 2015, or after, document they have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in any discipline from an accredited college or university.

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