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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.

General 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

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.

 

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.