Appraiser Trainee - Potential License Holder
An Appraiser Trainee is a person who is authorized (approved, 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.
If you are thinking about becoming a Certified or Licensed Residential Appraiser, the first step is to obtain an Appraiser Trainee License. Through this designation and your training you’ll learn about the role of the appraiser and work alongside a supervising appraiser. Your supervisor will teach you appraisal practices and approved techniques for assembling information about the property, analyzing this data, and developing opinions of value.
- Citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
- 18 years of age or older
- Legal resident of Texas for a minimum of 60 days immediately prior to filing the application
- Meet TALCB’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
Becoming an Appraiser Trainee
In order to become an Appraiser Trainee you need to:
- Meet the general qualifications listed above.
- Find an appraiser to act as your supervisor.
- Complete 75 hours of qualifying appraisal education as well as a course oriented to the requirements and responsibilities of Trainee Appraisers and Supervisory Appraisers (Board approved 4 hour Appraiser Trainee/Supervisory Appraiser Course) as outlined by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) and TALCB. All qualifying education must be completed within the 5 year period prior to the date of application.
- File your application to become an Appraiser Trainee using our Online Services. If you don’t already have a username and password for our Online Services register now. If you have done business with TALCB or TREC online in the past, log in now. Include proof of meeting educational requirements. Documents may be submitted via email or faxed to 512-936-3899.
- Get your fingerprints taken and pass your background check. You are required by law to have fingerprints on file with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) so a background check can be performed. If you have previously submitted fingerprints for a TALCB or TREC license, no additional fingerprints are required. Fingerprints on file for other agencies will not be accepted. A license will not issue if the background check has not been passed. Expect a delay if you are notified of an investigation into your background history.
Remember you cannot start working with your supervisor until TALCB has approved your application. When you begin to work with a supervisor, you are required to keep an Appraisal Experience Log to document your training and experience.