To become a real estate appraiser, first earn an associate degree or higher, complete specific company training, and become licensed and certified. Once certified, a real estate appraiser must take continuing education classes to remain certified. Most states have specific requirements that must be met in order to become a real estate appraiser.
- Earn an associates degree or higher
Few localities hire real estate appraisers whose education is limited to a high school diploma. An associates degree is sufficient for residential real estate appraisers, but commercial real estate appraisers generally must have a bachelor's degree or higher.
- Complete training
Most employers expect candidates to complete basic courses covering appraisal principles. Some provide training on the job as they learn essential skills in preparation for certifications
- Become licensed and certified
The licensing and certification requirements vary from one state to another, but nearly all require some type of credential. The level of certification determines whether an appraiser can legally appraise a certain type of property, either residential or commercial. Certification generally requires a specified number of hours on the job.
- Complete continuing education
Once certified, an appraiser must complete a set number of hours of continuing education. Again, the requirements for CE vary by state.