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How do you become a property appraiser in Palm Beach County?

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To become a property appraiser in Palm Beach, Florida visit the property appraiser employment page at the Palm Beach government website, and download the city's application for employment. Fill out the application, and submit it to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser's Office, addressing the submission to the Director of Human Resources. Full-time appraisers working for Palm Beach County work from a main office in West Palm Beach or satellite service centers throughout the county.

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The state of Florida has three levels of property appraisers, and candidates must hold real estate appraiser's licenses to qualify for county positions. Those with no real estate appraisal background start at the registered trainee appraiser level. Achieving this status requires a high school-level education and courses to learn basic principles and procedures of doing appraisal work. Applying for a trainee appraiser license requires submitting fingerprints, but no examination is given. Trainees are required to work under the guidance of certified general or residential appraisers.

The next level of licensing is Certified Residential Appraiser, and this designation requires the completion of 200 hours of specialized education. Trainee appraisers must have at least 2,500 work experience hours, have associate degrees or take at least 21 course credit hours of college-level coursework. A bachelor's degree and 3,000 hours of field experience is mandatory for licensed Certified General Appraisers.

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