The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) is pleased to announce the launch of the TALCB complaint portal. This simple-to-use tool allows consumers to file complaints directly on the TALCB website. It also allows consumers to check the status of their complaints online. In addition, it integrates backend efficiencies for staff, which decreases complaint processing times. The complaint portal is located on the Filing a Complaint page of the TALCB website.
The 87th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2533 which allows Texas appraisers to complete evaluations without complying with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Prior to this change, Chapter 1103 of the Occupations Code required appraisers licensed or certified in Texas to comply with USPAP when performing an evaluation of real property.
The Board recently adopted rule amendments to TAC 153.11(a)(4) that reduce the number of hours of additional qualifying education required when an applicant fails a licensing examination three times, from 30 to 15 hours. Please be sure that you update any references to this requirement on your website and any other advertising materials.
As of September 8, 2020 TALCB began copying any appraiser that supervises an appraiser trainee on correspondence sent to the trainee from TALCB on enforcement-related matters (including complaints) and licensing matters related to deficiencies with an application, education evaluations, experience evaluations, and whether required experience has been met.
TALCB will begin copying supervisors on other licensing-related correspondence sent to trainees over the next two to three weeks. This includes correspondence with the trainee regarding:
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, TALCB, based on approval by Governor Greg Abbott, is waiving all renewal and application deadlines until July 31, 2020.
How does this extension affect you?
Renewals – all license types
As part of the Board’s ongoing effort to reduce burdens on applicants, TALCB changed the experience audit process. TALCB will no longer automatically request a copy of work files at the start of the audit process. Appraisal reports will now be reviewed for general USPAP compliance and competency when they are submitted. If necessary, TALCB may request a copy of work files after the initial review to complete the audit.
TALCB and Pearson VUE announce licensing exam centers to slowly re-open around the state after swift closure in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. TALCB partners with Pearson VUE to offer licensing examinations. Pearson VUE operates both company-owned exam sites and third party sites. TALCB has authorized the use of all Pearson VUE third party sites to expand exam capacity during this unprecedented time. All sites continue to enforce social distancing measures and safety requirements in line with local jurisdictions. Due to social distancing requirements, exam sites are operat
The agency continues to evaluate the impact COVID-19 may have on all aspects of agency operations, including those related to the regulatory and licensing functions of the agency.
COVID-19 has impacted daily life as we know it. In the midst of this crisis, the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) has worked to ensure continued service to license holders and the public while protecting our employees. As a result, our physical offices in Austin are closed to the public, and staff and operations have transitioned to working remotely.