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As 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.

License Renewal

Appraiser Trainee approvals are good for two years. Appraiser Trainees who wish to continue work at the end of the two years must renew their approval. A renewal notice will be sent approximately 90 days before the renewal filing deadline. You may renew up to six months after the expiration date of your approval.

What do I have to do to renew my Appraiser Trainee approval?

Education requirements

You must complete approved Appraiser Continuing Education (ACE) courses as part of the renewal process.  These continuing education courses are also designed to  improve your ability to deliver the highest possible quality of appraisal work and keep you informed of current developments in the appraisal field.

  • Complete 28 hours of approved ACE courses for each two year renewal.  The 28 hours must include an approved 7 hour National USPAP Update course and must be completed during the two year period before the expiration date.
  • Provide copies of your ACE course completion certificates to TALCB.
  • In addition to the 28 hours of ACE, you must complete an approved Appraiser Trainee/Supervisory Appraiser Course within 4 years of the current license expiration date and provide a copy of that course completion certificate.
  • Courses may not be repeated for credit within a three year period.  Courses do not carry forward to future renewals.

If you renew the license after the expiration date you must also submit the Addition or Termination of Appraiser Trainee Supervision form and the required fee to re-establish supervision.  The certified supervisor must complete the approved 4 hour Appraiser Trainee/Supervisory Appraiser Course and submit the course completion certificate before a license can be issued.

Fingerprint requirements

If you have not submitted your fingerprints for TALCB or TREC with a previous renewal or application, you must be fingerprinted for a criminal background check.

Submitting an application for renewal

After completing the ACE and Appraiser Trainee/Supervisory Appraiser Course requirements and obtaining the course completion certificates, you can renew your Appraiser Trainee approval in one of two ways:

  • Renew Online:
    • Renew online using our Online Services. If you have not renewed online before, you may need to register first.
    • The system will only allow you to renew your license within 90 days of date it expires.
    • Submit copies of required course completion certificates via email or fax to 512-936-3899.
    • Pay the renewal fee online using our Online Services no later than the expiration date of your license
  • Renew by mail:

All materials required for renewal must be postmarked no later than the expiration date of the license. You must maintain your appraisal experience logs and appraisal experience affidavits on forms prescribed by the Board for the period of authorization being renewed.

Requesting Active and Inactive Status

Once you have your license, TALCB rules allow you to request Inactive status for the license. This may be useful if your career changes direction and you wish to keep your license but not actively perform appraisals for a period of time.

To request inactive status for your current license, you must:

The Addition or Termination of Appraiser Trainee Supervision form must be signed by either the Appraiser Trainee or the supervising Certified Appraiser. If you have more than one supervisor, a form and fee is required for each supervisor being removed.

Once TALCB grants a request for inactive status, your current license will not be valid until you request Active status. Placing your license on inactive status does not relieve you of the responsibility of meeting your renewal deadlines.

For more information about Inactive, Active status and renewals, see TALCB’s rules.

To request active status for your current license, you must:

  • Complete 28 hours of approved ACE courses for each two-year renewal period the license has been inactive. The 28 hours must include the 7-hour National USPAP Update course.  The certified supervisor(s) must complete an approved Appraiser Trainee/Supervisory Appraiser Course and submit the course completion certificate;
  • Submit the Active Status Request and Addition or Termination of Appraiser Trainee Supervision forms;
  • If you have not submitted your fingerprints for TALCB or TREC with a previous renewal or application, you must be fingerprinted for a criminal background check;
  • Pay the required fee(s).

To return to active status, the Addition or Termination of Appraiser Trainee Supervision form must be signed by both the Appraiser Trainee and the Certified Appraiser supervisor. If you have more than one supervisor, a form and fee is required for each supervisor being added.

For more information about Inactive, Active status and renewals, please review TALCB’s rule.

 

Appraiser Trainee Upgrade Requirements


Appraiser Trainee to Certified General Appraiser

Additional Education Requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university AND

225 hours required to upgrade in addition to the 75 hours required for an Appraiser Trainee

  • General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (30 hours)
  • General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach (30 hours)
  • General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (30 hours)
  • General Appraiser Income Approach (Part I and II) (60 hours)
  • General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (30 hours)
  • Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours)
  • Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (30 hours)
  • You must also submit proof that you have completed the 15-Hour National USPAP course after February 1, 2002 
Experience Requirements:

Provide 3,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 30 months (2 1/2 years) of which a minimum of 1,500 hours must be non-residential real property appraisal experience. 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.


Appraiser Trainee to Certified Residential Appraiser

Additional Education Requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university AND

125 hours required to upgrade in addition to the 75 hours required for an Appraiser Trainee

  • Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)
  • Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours)
  • Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches (30 hours)
  • Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 hours)
  • Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours)
  • Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies (15 hours)
  • Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hours) 
  • You must also submit proof that you have completed the 15-Hour National USPAP course after February 1, 2002
Experience Requirements:

Provide 2,500 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 24 months (2 years). 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.


Appraiser Trainee to Licensed Residential Appraiser

Additional Education Requirements:

An Associate's Degree or higher OR Thirty (30) semester credit hours from an accredited college or university AND

75 hours required to upgrade in addition to the 75 hours required for an Appraiser Trainee

  • Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)
  • Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach     (15 hours)
  • Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches (30 hours)
  • Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 hours)
  • You must also submit proof that you have completed the 15-Hour National USPAP course after February 1, 2002
Experience Requirements:

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.