Utah Appraisal License Information

The Utah Division of Real Estate has identified four levels of real property appraisal classification:

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

Current Utah Appraiser License Requirements

How do I become a Licensed Appraiser?

To become a Licensed Appraiser an individual must:

  1. Take 75 hours of approved education, including the 15 hour National USPAP course and related exam, from a certified Appraisal Pre-license School.
  2. Register with the Division as an Appraiser Trainee by completing the Appraiser Trainee Registration.
    Note: Appraiser Trainees must work under the direct supervision of a Licensed or Certified Appraiser.
  3. Take an additional 75 hours of approved education (for a total of 150 non-duplicative hours) from a certified Appraisal Pre-license School.
  4. Accumulate a total of at least 400 experience points within one to five years as outlined in the Appraiser Experience Points Schedule and Appraiser Trainee Points Schedule.
    Note: Residential Appraiser Trainees must be accompanied by their supervisor on the first 100 interior/exterior inspections. General Appraiser Trainees must be accompanied by their supervisor for the first 20 inspections.
  5. Apply to sit for the Licensed Appraiser exam by submitting to the Division:
  • Completed and signed Appraiser Application.
  • Completed and signed Appraiser Education Log.
  • Completed and signed Appraiser Experience Log.
  • $350 non-refundable fee.
  1. Upon receipt of the Division’s request for specific appraisal samples, submit the requested samples.
  2. Upon receipt of written approval from the Appraisal Board, take and pass the Licensed Appraiser exam.
  3. Submit to the Division:
  • Completed and signed documentation of successfully passing the exam (issued at the testing center).
  • $50 non-refundable National Registry Fee

Note: Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Note: Licensed Appraisers may appraise non-complex 1-4 residential units with a value less than $1,000,000 and complex 1-4 residential units with a value less than $250,000.

How do I become a Certified Residential Appraiser?

To become a Certified Residential Appraiser an individual must:

  1. Be an active Licensed Appraiser in good standing.
  2. Take an additional 50 hours of approved education (for a total of 200 non-duplicative hours) from a certified Appraisal Pre-license School.
  3. Associates degree or equivalent for applications submitted after January 1, 2008.
  4. Accumulate an additional 100 experience points after becoming a Licensed Appraiser (for a total of 500 experience points) and have a minimum of 24 months work experience, as outlined in the Appraiser Experience Points Schedule.
    Note: At least 375 experience points must be residential.
  5. Apply to sit for the Certified Residential Appraiser exam by submitting to the Division:
  • Completed and signed Appraiser Application.
  • Completed and signed Appraiser Education Log.
  • Completed and signed Appraiser Experience Log.
  • $350 non-refundable fee.
  1. Upon receipt of the Division’s request for specific appraisal samples, submit the requested samples.
  2. Upon receipt of written approval from the Appraisal Board, take and pass the Certified Residential Appraiser exam.
  3. Submit to the Division:
  • Completed and signed documentation of successfully passing the exam (issued at the testing center).
  • $50 non-refundable National Registry Fee

Note: Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Note: Certified Residential Appraisers may appraiser 1-4 residential units of any value or complexity but may not appraise subdivisions for which a development analysis/appraisal is necessary.

How do I become a Certified General Appraiser?

To become a Certified General Appraiser an individual must:

  1. Be an active Licensed Appraiser or Certified Residential Appraiser in good standing.
  2. Take an additional 100 hours of approved education (for a total of 300 non-duplicative hours) from a certified Appraisal Pre-license School.
  3. Bachelors degree or equivalent for applications submitted after January 1, 2008.
  4. Accumulate an additional 200 experience points after becoming a Licensed Appraiser (for a total of 600 experience points) and have a minimum of 30 months work experience, as outlined in the Appraiser Experience Points Schedule.
    Note: At least 300 experience points must be non-residential.
  5. Apply to sit for the Certified General Appraiser exam by submitting to the Division:
  • Completed and signed Appraiser Application.
  • Completed and signed Appraiser Education Log.
  • Completed and signed Appraiser Experience Log.
  • $350 non-refundable fee.
  1. Upon receipt of the Division’s request for specific appraisal samples, submit the requested samples.
  2. Upon receipt of written approval from the Appraisal Board, take and pass the Certified General Appraiser exam.
  3. Submit to the Division:
  • Completed and signed documentation of successfully passing the exam (issued at the testing center).
  • $50 non-refundable National Registry fee.

Note: Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Note: Certified General Appraisers may appraise all types of real estate in Utah.

Utah Appraisal Regulatory Agency

State of Utah, Dept. of Commerce, Div. of Real Estate
P.O. Box 146711
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6711
(801) 530-6747
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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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