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As a Certified Residential Appraiser, you must renew your license every two years. A renewal notice will be sent about 90 days before your expiration date.  As part of the renewal process, you must complete certain continuing education courses to help improve your ability to deliver the highest possible quality of appraisal work. These continuing education courses are also designed to keep you informed of current developments in the appraisal field.

What do I have to do to renew my Residential Certification?

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. After completing your course work, you are welcome to submit a course evaluation.

  • 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.
  • Supervisory Appraisers must complete an approved Appraiser Trainee/Supervisory Appraiser course within four years of your current license expiration date to continue to supervise or relationships with your Appraiser Trainees will be terminated and Appraiser Trainees with one supervisor will be made inactive.
  • Courses may not be repeated for credit within a two year period.  Courses do not carry forward to future renewals.

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 requirements and obtaining the course completion certificates, you can renew your Residential Certification 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 ACE course completion certificates via email.
    • 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.

ACE Extension

A license holder who is unable to complete the 28 hours of continuing education may request an extension of education requirements by renewing the license AND submitting the ACE Extension Request form along with an additional $200.00 fee. An extension must be submitted by the expiration date. Persons granted a 60-day extension may not perform appraisals in federally-related transactions and will be reported as non-AQB compliant on the National Registry. The education must be completed within 60 days of the extension expiration date or the certification will automatically be placed on inactive status and supervision of any trainees will be terminated. You must provide copies of course completion certificates to verify satisfactory completion of courses within the 60 day period.

Upgrading your certification

Once you have your Residential Certification, you may work towards meeting the requirements for a Certified General Appraiser. You can do this by associating with a Certified General appraiser, who must sign the reports, in order for you to appraise non-residential properties.  Here you can review information about the requirements and the steps to upgrade.

Requesting Active and Inactive Status

Once you have your Residential Certification, there are rules that allow you to request Inactive or Active status for the license. This is useful for example if your career changes direction and you wish to not actively perform appraisals for a specified period of time.

With Inactive status granted by TALCB, your current license will not be valid until you request Active status.  For more information about Inactive, Active status and renewals, you can view TALCB’s rule.

Requesting Inactive status

Requesting Active status

  • Satisfy 28 hours of appraiser continuing education for each two-year renewal period the certification has been inactive, which must include the 7-hour National USPAP Update course
  • Complete the Request for Active status application and submit copies of education documents
  • Pay the $80.00 National Registry fee and active status fee

License Reinstatement

If your license has been expired more than six months, you may apply for reinstatement of the license by submitting the Application for Reinstatement and meeting the following education and experience requirements.

  • Complete 14 hours of appraiser continuing education for each year since the last renewal of your previous license.
  • Submit experience logs demonstrating a minimum of 10 residential appraisal reports or 250 hours of residential real estate appraisal experience, whichever is more.
  • You must be able to produce copies of work files and an appraisal report for all reported experience. If your license has been expired more than 5 years or you do not have work files, you may apply to be an Appraiser Trainee to gain the minimum experience required.

Upgrade Requirements

Certified Residential Appraiser to Certified General Appraiser

Additional Education Requirements:

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

  • 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)
  • Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (**may be satisfied with courses in Residential modules) (10 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 18 months (1 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.