Iowa Appraisal License Information

The Iowa Iowa Real Estate Appraiser Board has identified three levels of real property appraisal classification: (click for details)

  • Associate Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser
  • Certified General Real Property Appraiser

Current Iowa Appraiser License Requirements

The Iowa Real Estate Appraiser Board has established the minimum educational requirements for an appraisal license. The minimum educational requirements include the following:

Associate Appraiser

  • At least 75 hours of appraisal education and training, including 15 hours of ethics and standards of practice.
  • No appraisal experience is required.
  • College-level requirements: None
Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser
  • Candidates must complete 200 hours
  • Including 15-hours USPAP
  • You must accumulate a total of 2500 hours of appraisal experience in a minimum of two calendar years.
  • 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 Real Property Appraiser
  • Candidates must complete 300 hours
  • Including 15-hours USPAP
  • You must accumulate a total of 3000 hours of appraisal experience with at least 50% (1500 hours) in the nonresidential area in a minimum of 30 months.
  • 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.

Iowa Appraisal Regulatory Agency

Professional License Bureau, Iowa Real Estate Appraiser Board
Toni Bright: Executive Officer
200 E. Grand St., Suite 350
Des Moines, IA 80309
515-725-9025
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Recent 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.

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.

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