Texas Appraisal License Information

The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board has identified five levels of real property appraisal classification:

  • Appraiser Trainee
  • Licensed Real Estate Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser
  • Certified General Real Estate Appraiser
NOTE: Chapter 153: Rules Relating to Provisions of the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Act may be found here: https://www.talcb.texas.gov/agency-information/rules-and-laws/talcb-rules

Current Texas Appraiser License Requirements

The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board has established the minimum educational requirements for an appraisal license. The minimum educational requirements include the following:

APPRAISER TRAINEE

General Qualifications

  • Citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Legal resident of Texas for a minimum of 60 days immediately prior to filing the application
  • Meet TALCB’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
  • Must be sponsored by a current certified general or certified residential real estate appraiser, in good standing, who shall:
    1. be responsible to the public and to the board for the conduct of the appraiser trainee;
    2. actively, diligently and personally supervise and direct the appraiser trainee; and,
    3. who shall sign the appraiser trainee's reports.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a legal resident of Texas for at least 60 days immediately before filing an application.
  • Meet the general qualifications listed above.
  • Find an appraiser to act as a Certified supervisor
  • Complete 75 hours of qualifying appraisal education (Basic Appraisal Principles (30hr), Basic Appraisal Procedures (30hr) and the 15-hour National USPAP) as well as a course oriented to the requirements and responsibilities of Trainee Appraisers and Supervisory Appraisers (Board approved 4 hour Appraiser Trainee/Supervisory Appraiser Course) as outlined by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) and TALCB. Please note that all qualifying education must be completed within the 5 year period prior to the date of application.
  • File your application to become an Appraiser Trainee using our Online Services at https://www.talcb.texas.gov/
  • College-level requirements: None

Remember you cannot start working with your supervisor until TALCB has approved your application. Generally, this takes 10 to 15 business days. When you begin to work with a supervisor, as an Appraiser Trainee, you are required to keep an Appraisal Experience Log to document your training and experience.

PLEASE NOTE: An Appraiser Trainee is a person who is authorized (but not licensed) by TALCB to gain legal real estate appraisal experience under the supervision of a Certified General or Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser. With this designation the Appraiser Trainee will learn about the role of the appraiser and work alongside a supervisory appraiser who will teach appraisal practices and approved techniques for assembling information about the property, analyzing data, and developing opinions of value to the Trainee.

LICENSED REAL ESTATE APPRAISER

  • Successfully complete150 classroom hours of approved real estate appraisal courses (75 hours required for the Appraiser Trainee and 75 hours to upgrade: Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15hr), Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15hr), Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches (30hr), and Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15hr)
  • Provide 2,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 12 months (1 year). Experience may be acquired anytime during the appraiser’s career when that person had legal authority to perform real estate appraisals. Appraisals must comply with USPAP
  • Pass the approved state licensed appraiser exam.
  • College-level requirements: An Associate's Degree or higher OR Thirty (30) semester credit hours from an accredited college or university.

CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE APPRAISER

  • Successfully complete 200 classroom hours of acceptable appraisal related courses (with exams) which must include ALL appropriate Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) required topics.
  • Provide 2,500 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 24 months (2 years).
  • Pass the approved state certified residential appraiser examination.
  • College-level requirements: Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

CERTIFIED GENERAL REAL ESTATE APPRAISER

  • Successfully complete 300 classroom hours of acceptable appraisal related courses (with exams) which must include ALL Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) required topics.
  • • Provide 3,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 30 months (2½ calendar years) of which a minimum of 1,500 hours must be non-residential real property appraisal experience.
  • Pass the approved state certified general appraiser examination.
  • College-level requirements: Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

Texas Appraisal Regulatory Agency

Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board
P.O. Box 12188
Austin, TX 78711-2188
(512) 936-3001
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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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