Louisiana Appraisal License Information

The Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board have identified three levels of real property appraisal classification:

  • Appraiser Trainee
  • Residential Certified Appraiser
  • General Certified Appraiser

Current Louisiana Appraiser License Requirements

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

Appraiser Trainee

  • Seventy-five classroom hours of qualifying education
  • Includes 30 hours in Appraisal Principles and 30 hours in Appraisal Practice
  • Including the 15-Hour National USPAP Course

There are no additional examination or experience requirements.

Real estate appraiser trainee means any person who has been issued a license by the board to appraise properties under the supervision of a licensed general real estate appraiser or residential real estate appraiser.

College-level requirements: None

Residential Certified Real Estate Appraiser Qualification Criteria

  • Two hundred (200) classroom hours of approved courses
  • Including the 15-Hour National USPAP Course

A minimum of 3500 hours of appraisal experience in no fewer than 24 months is required. The maximum allowable credit that shall be applied toward the experience requirement in a 12-month period is 1750 hours.

College-level requirements: Associate degree or higher. In lieu of the required degree, 21 semester credit hours in the following courses: English Composition; Principles of Economics (Micro or Macro); Finance; Algebra, Geometry or higher math; Statistics; Computer Science; and Business or Real Estate Law.

Examination Criteria - The education and testing requirements for a license as a Residential Certified Real Estate Appraiser must be satisfied prior to submission of the application for experience review. Candidates must successfully complete the Residential Certified Appraiser Examination with a passing score of 75%.

General Certified Real Estate Appraiser Qualification Criteria

  • Three hundred (300) classroom hours of approved courses
  • Including the 15-Hour National USPAP Course

A minimum of 5000 hours of appraisal experience in no fewer than 36 months is required. The maximum allowable credit that shall be applied toward the experience requirement in a 12-month period is 1700 hours.

College-level requirements: Bachelors degree or higher. In lieu of the required degree, 30 semester credit hours in the following courses: English Composition; Micro Economics; Macro Economics; Finance; Algebra, Geometry or higher math; Statistics; Computer Science; Business or Real Estate Law; and two (2) elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate.

Examination Criteria - The education and testing requirements for a license as a General Certified Real Estate Appraiser must be satisfied prior to submission of the application for experience review. Candidates must successfully complete the General Certified Appraiser Examination with a passing score of 75%.

Louisiana Appraisal Regulatory Agency

Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board
Ms. Anne Brassett: Admin Asst. to Appraisal Board ext. 241
9071 Interline Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225) 925-1923
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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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