Michigan Appraisal License Information

The Michigan Real Estate Appraisers Board has identified three levels of real property appraisal classification:

  • Limited Appraiser
  • State Licensed Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Appraiser
  • Certified General Appraiser

Current Michigan Appraiser License Requirements

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

Limited Appraiser

  • Completion of a program of study for licensed appraisers of at least 75 hours of instruction which must include the 15 hr USPAP course.
  • College-level requirements: None
State Licensed Appraiser
  • Completion of a program of study for certified residential appraisers of at least 150 hours of instruction. Pass the state exam.
  • 2,000 hours of appraisal experience including at least 1,500 hours of residential experience.
  • College-level requirements: None
Certified Residential Appraiser
  • Completion of a program of study for certified residential appraisers of at least 200 hours of instruction. Pass the state exam.
  • 2,500 hours of appraisal experience including at least 2,000 hours of residential experience over at least 24 months
  • 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
  • Completion of a program of study for certified general appraisers of at least 300 hours of instruction. Pass the state exam.
  • 3,000 hours of appraisal experience including at least 1,500 hours of non-residential experience over at least 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.

Michigan Appraisal Regulatory Agency

Michigan Board of Real Estate Appraisers
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909
517-241-9288
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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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