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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.

Qualifications

  • 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

Requirements

Complete Qualifying Education

All qualifying education must be completed not more than 5 years before the application date.

Submit proof of course completion to TREC after applying online or with your paper application.

Find a Supervisor

Find a certified appraiser to act as your supervisor.

File Your Application

Apply Online

Submit your application and fee 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 registered online with TALCB or TREC in the past, log in now

Submit proof of education via email.

Apply by Mail

  If you prefer, you can apply to be an Appraiser Trainee by mailing in your paper application and fee. This may take longer to process and you will need to pay a paper filing fee and include copies of your education.

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.

Work Product Review

During the course of your training with your supervisor, you have the opportunity to request feedback on your work experience by submitting an application for review of your work product.

 

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 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.


Appraiser Trainee to Certified Residential Appraiser

Additional Education Requirements:

One of six college-level education requirements set out by the AQB 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 1,500 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.


Appraiser Trainee to Licensed Residential Appraiser

Additional Education Requirements:

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 1,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 6 months. 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.