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Washington Appraisal License Requirements
The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the Washington State Department of Licensing. 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.
Washington Appraisal Licensure Levels:
Licensed Real Estate Appraiser
Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser
Certified General Real Estate Appraiser
Washington 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 licensure
Must meet the experience requirement for the applying level of licensure
For Certified Residential level: A minimum of an Associate’s Degree OR 21 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required
For Certified General level: A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree OR 30 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required
Satisfactory completion of the state examination (Appraiser Trainees are not required to take a state exam)
Submit application, required documents, and associated fees
Washington Appraisal Education Requirements:
75 hours for the Appraiser Trainee which consist of the following courses: Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours), Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours), 15 Hour National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours)
150 hours for the Licensed Real Estate Appraiser which include the same hour requirement as the Appraiser Trainee level AND: 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)
200 Hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser which consist of the same 150 hours of Licensed Appraiser education AND: 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
Licensed Appraiser – 2000 hours in no less than 24 months
Certified Residential Appraiser – 2500 hours in no less than 24 months
Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in no less than 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisal
Washington Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:
Starting July 1, 2013, all real estate appraiser trainees will be required to complete continuing education before renewing their Real Estate Appraiser Trainee Registration.
When you renew on or after July 1, 2013, you’ll be required to submit proof that you’ve completed 28 hours of continuing education in approved real estate appraisal courses or seminars, including the 7-hour National USPAP update.
All appraisers must renew their license every other birthday (2 years)
All appraisers must complete 28 hours of continuing education within that two year cycle. 7 of those hours must cover the USPAP Update course or its equivalent