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What does it mean to be an appraiser and what does it take to become one? Entering the industry includes many hours of instruction and some money. But now, there is renewed focus on opportunity.  

Organizations like the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) are doing what they can to educate people on requirements for becoming licensed appraisers and supporting diversity to combat bias in the field.  

The Appraiser Diversity Initiative 

The Appraiser Diversity Initiative, also known as ADI, is a collaboration between the Appraisal Institute, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the National Urban League. This program was created in 2018 as a mode of national outreach to educate aspiring appraisers about the profession, provide resources, and make the residential appraisal field more reflective of all the people it serves. According to ADI, “On average, the current appraiser workforce is overwhelmingly over the age of 50, male, and not racially or ethnically diverse.”  

Meet ADI in Houston 

TALCB Director Melissa Tran is presenting at ADI’s next workshop to explain the requirements for entering the appraisal profession in Texas. She will also share innovative tools that TALCB has developed to simplify the appraiser application process.  

The event will also have scholarship opportunities given to those on their way to becoming appraiser trainees. Funding can cover qualifying education, supplies, and networking events. Details on who is eligible for an ADI scholarship is published by Fannie Mae online.  

Attend “How to become a Real Estate Appraiser” from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 24, 2023, at the Chase Building, located at 9900 Katy Fwy, Houston, Texas.  

About TALCB 

TALCB has licensing authority over appraisers in Texas. Its headquarters are in Austin.  

Visit to stay up to date on the latest information for appraisers in Texas.