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Education and Experience Requirements

Education Changes for 2015

College education requirements are a fundamental component of these changes. Applicants for a Residential license are required to have a minimum of 30 college semester units or an Associates degree; whereas applicants for either a Certified Residential or a Certified General license are required to have a four-year college degree.

These requirements became effective for individuals seeking a real property appraiser credential after January 1, 2015. The requirements also apply to existing real property appraisers seeking to upgrade a license. Appraisers wishing to upgrade their license will have to meet the new criteria.


In addition to the education and experience requirements (listed below), there are examinations and other requirements imposed by the Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers (BREA). Santiago Canyon College’s appraisal courses have been approved by BREA for credit towards the first 135 Hours of education for all the Appraiser’s licenses. Those courses are:
  • RE 114 Appraisal Principles and Procedures
  • RE 116 Residential Real Estate Appraisal
  • RE 117 Residential Appraisal Report Writing and Case Studies.

 

​BREA License Levels ​Education Requirements Experience Requirements ​Scope of Practice
Trainee (AT) 150 hours, covering specific modules including the 15-hour National USPAP Course (or its equivalent as determined by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB). NoneAny property which the supervising appraiser is permitted to appraise.
Residential (AL) 150 hours, covering specific modules including the 15-hour National USPAP Course (or its equivalent as determined by the AQB); and 30 semester hours of college-level education from an accredited college, junior college, or university, OR an Associate's degree or higher (in any field). 2,000 hours and encompassing no less than 12 months of acceptable appraisal experience.Any non-complex 1-4 family property with a transaction value up to $1 million; and non-residential property with a transaction value up to $250,000.
Certified Residential (AR) 200 hours, covering specific modules, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course; and an Bachelor's degree or higher. 2,500 hours and encompassing no less than 2.5 years (30 months) of acceptable appraisal experience.Any 1-4 family property without regard to transaction value or complexity; and non-residential property with a transaction value up to $250,000.
Certified General (AG) 300 hours, covering specific modules, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course; and a Bachelors degree or higher. All real estate without regard to transaction value or complexity.

 

SCC presents this information as helpful information only and does not guarantee that it is current and correct at this time.  It is the best information we have as of this writing.  Anyone interested in the Appraiser license, examinations or career requirements and for official complete, detailed, current and authoritative information requirements and examination should contact the Bureau of Real Estate appraisers (BREA).

BUREAU OF REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS

1755 Creekside Oaks Drive, Suite 190

Sacramento, CA  95833

Telephone:  (916)263-0722

www.orea.ca.gov