Virginia Appraisal License Information

The Virginia Real Estate Appraiser Board has identified five levels of real property appraisal classification:

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

Current Virginia Appraiser License Requirements

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

Appraiser Trainee

  • 75 hours of general appraisal education
  • 15-hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Course
  • No experience required
  • Pass the state-licensing exam
  • College-level requirements: None
Licensed Residential
  • 150 hours of education which must include the 15-hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Course
  • 2,000 hours experience
  • Pass the state-licensing exam
  • College-level requirements: None
Certified Residential
  • 200 hours of education (may include 90 hrs above)
  • 15-hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Course
  • 2,500 hours of appraisal experience obtained during no fewer than 24 months
  • Pass the state-licensing exam
  • 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
  • 300 hours of education (may include 90 hrs noted above, but 30 or more hrs in non-residential appraisal)
  • 15-hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Course
  • 3,000 hours of appraisal experience obtained during no fewer than 30 months (1,500 or more must be in non-residential appraisals)
  • Pass the state-licensing exam
  • 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.

Virginia Appraisal Regulatory Agency

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation : Virginia Real Estate Appraiser Board
9960 Maryland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 367-2039
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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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