Hawaii Appraisal License Information

The Hawaii Real Estate Appraiser Advisory Committee have identified four levels of real property appraisal classification:

  • Trainee Appraiser
  • Licensed Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Appraiser
  • Certified General Appraiser

Current Hawaii Appraiser License Requirements

The Hawaii Real Estate Appraiser Advisory Committee has established the minimum educational requirements for an appraisal license. The minimum educational requirements include the following:

Trainee: At least 75 hours of appraisal education and training, including 15 hours of ethics and standards of practice, and passing the Registered Appraiser examination. College-level requirements: None

Licensed Appraiser: At least 150 hours of appraisal education and training, including 15 hours of ethics and standards of practice; 2,000 hours of appraisal experience over at least 12 months; and passing the Level A licensing examination. The Licensed Appraiser exam must be repeated for this requirement if more than one year has elapsed since passing it for the registered appraiser level. College-level requirements: None

Certified Residential Appraiser: At least 200 hours of appraisal education and training, including 15 hours of ethics and standards of practice; 2,500 hours (including 1,500 hours non-residential) of appraisal experience across at least 30 months; and passing the Certified Residential Appraiser examination. College-level requirements: Associate degree or higher. In lieu of the required degree, 21 semester credit hours covering the following subject matter courses: English Composition; Principles of Economics (Micro or Macro); Finance; Algebra, Geometry or higher mathematics; Statistics; Computer Science; and Business or Real Estate Law.

Certified General Appraiser: At least 300 hours of appraisal education and training, including 15 hours of ethics and standards of practice; 3,000 hours (including 1,500 hours non-residential) of appraisal experience across at least 30 months; and passing the Certified General examination. College-level requirements: Bachelors degree or higher. In lieu of the required degree, 31 semester credit hours covering the following subject matter courses: English Composition; Principles of Economics (Micro or Macro); Finance; Algebra, Geometry or higher mathematics; Statistics; Computer Science; and Business or Real Estate Law; and 2 elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate.

Please note: Fifteen (15) hours of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice are required prior to becoming any level Appraiser.

Upcoming Changes to Real Property Appraiser Qualifications

Beginning January 1, 2015, the AQB has made significant changes to appraisal qualifications. Some states may choose to implement the changes sooner, so be sure to check with your state regulator.

Several important changes are outlined below, with complete details available on this AQB publication:
UPCOMING CHANGES TO REAL PROPERTY APPRAISER QUALIFICATIONS >

IMPORTANT CHANGE: Increased College Degree Requirements

Implications: After January 1, 2015, you must hold a bachelor's degree to obtain the Certified Residential license level or beyond. If you achieve this license level prior to January 1, 2015, you will be grandfathered in under the old regulations.

CLASSIFICATIONCURRENT REQUIREMENTSJanuary 1, 2015 REQUIREMENTS
Trainee AppraiserNoneNone
Licensed Residential Appraiser None 30 semester credit hours of college level education from an accredited college, junior college, community college, or university OR an Associate’s degree or higher (in any field).
Certified Residential Appraiser 21 semester credit hours in specified collegiate subject matter courses from an accredited college or university OR an Associate’s degree or higher. Bachelor’s degree or higher (in any field) from an accredited college or university.
Certified General Appraiser 30 semester credit hours in specific collegiate subject matter courses from an accredited college or university OR a bachelor’s degree or higher. Bachelor’s degree or higher (in any field) from an accredited college or university.

IMPORTANT CHANGE: Experience Hours are Required BEFORE taking the licensing exam.

Implications: For the Licensed, Certified Residential and Certified General license levels, the required coursework must be completed prior to taking the licensing exam. If you intend to upgrade your license prior to the January 1, 2015 rules change, you need to be sure that you have enough time to complete your experience hours.

Hawaii Appraisal Regulatory Agency

Hawaii Real Estate Appraiser Advisory Committee (DCCA-PVL)
Alan Taniguchi: Executive Officer
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
(808) 586-2701
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