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Pennsylvania Appraisal License Requirements
Learn about the Pennsylvania appraisal education requirements for licensing and renewal.
The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the Pennsylvania State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers. The information provided below can be found on the Board’s website. However, we recommend you contact the Board for more detailed information and for any changes which may have occurred.
Pennsylvania Appraisal Licensure Levels:
Certified Residential Appraiser
Certified General Appraiser
Pennsylvania Appraisal Licensure Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years of age
Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent
Must meet the educational requirement for the applying level of appraiser licensure
Must meet the experience requirement for the applying level of appraiser licensure
For Certified Residential level, one of the following is required:
Bachelor degree in ANY field
Associate's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, or Real Estate
Completion of 30 hours of (1) relevant coursework, or (2) College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams (3) or some mix of both
For Certified General level: A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree OR 30 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required. An alternative to the education requirement is also available: 5 years of experience, 5 years without any disciplinary action and completion of specific additional education
Satisfactory completion of the state examination
Submit application, required documents, and associated fees
Appraiser School Education Requirements:
75 hours for the Trainee Appraiser coursers which include: Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours), Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours), 15 Hour National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours) and 4 hours of Supervisor/Trainee education.
200 Hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser which consist of the same 150 hours of Licensed Appraiser education AND: Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours), Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours), 15 Hour National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours), Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours), Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 Hours), Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approach (30 hours) Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours), Advanced Residential Application and Case Studies (15 hours), Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hours)
300 hours for the Certified General Appraiser which includes the same 200 hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser education AND: Income Property Appraisal (60 hours), General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (10 hours), General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)
Appraiser Trainee – No experience required
Certified Residential Appraiser – 1500 hours in 12 months
Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in 18 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals