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A Certified General Appraiser is a person licensed by TALCB to perform real property appraisals. A Certified General Appraiser is authorized to appraise all types of real property without regard to complexity or transaction value for federally related transactions and non-federally related transactions.

Qualifications 

  • 18 years of age or older
  • 300 hours of qualifying appraisal education outlined by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) and TALCB.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • 3,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 18 months of which a minimum of 1,500 hours must be non-residential real property appraisal experience
  • Meet TALCB's qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity

Requirements

Complete Qualifying Education Requirements

Complete College Education Requirements

  • In order to become a Certified General Appraiser in Texas you must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Complete Experience Requirement

  • Gain 3,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 18 months of which a minimum of 1,500 hours must be non-residential real property appraisal experience

File Your Application

Apply Online

Submit your application to become a Certified General Appraiser using our Online Services.   If you don't already have a username and password for My License Online Services, register now.  If you have done business with TALCB or TREC online in the past, log in now. Once you have applied and made the application payment, submit your course completion certificates, experience log, experience affidavit, and any supporting background documents via email.

Apply by Mail

If you prefer, you can also apply for your Certified General Appraiser license using our paper application.   This may take longer to process and you will need to include copies of your course completion certificates, experience log, experience affidavit, and any supporting background documents.

Track the status of your application using the Application Status Tracker.

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.

Take The Exam

License exams are administered by PearsonVUE, a testing service company.

After you pass the appraisal experience audit, you will be sent a notice with instructions for scheduling the exam.  Information on exam design, content, timing, and practice questions can be found on the Appraisal Foundation’s website. The Candidate Handbook can be found on the PearsonVUE website.

If you fail the exam three times, additional education will be required. 

You will be notified to submit the National Registry fee once all requirements are successfully completed.