I am often asked if we are training appraisers. While we have done it in the past, we are not currently. As a result of the market crash in the late 2000’s, restrictions have been placed and per Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, a Registered Trainee Appraiser must work under DIRECT supervision of their supervisor for a minimum of 2 years. Finding an appraiser who has the time to dedicate to a two year commitment of training is difficult to say the least.
If you have your heart set on becoming an appraiser, you must first become a Registered Trainee Appraiser. A Registered Trainee Appraiser can obtain their Trainee status by being 18 years of age and having a high school diploma, by taking and passing 100 hours of pre-license education. Once the education requirements are satisfied, a Registered Trainee Appraiser MUST work under the direct supervision of either a Certified Residential or a Certified General Appraiser for a minimum of 2 years while they establish a work log of a minimum of 2500 hours and 150 appraisals. The Registered Trainee Appraiser is then eligible to apply to become a Certified Residential or a Certified General Appraiser IF they also have a minimum of a 4 year degree or equivalent.
To become a Certified Residential Appraiser (and no longer require the supervision of another appraiser in order to perform residential appraisals) a Registered Trainee Appraiser must complete an additional 100 classroom hours of approved pre-licensing education, hold a Bachelors degree or higher from an accredited college or university and pass both a National and State level exam. Once this is accomplished the appraiser is licensed to perform an appraisal on any 1-4 unit residential property without regard to price, scope or supervision.
A State General Appraiser is able to perform appraisals for any type of real property once they have experience that consists of a minimum of 3000 hours, a minimum of 23 summary or self-contained reports in a narrative format or 12 nonresidential summary or self-contained reports, 135 non-narrative supportable and documented appraisal reports and obtained over a 30 month, or more, time period. All experience gained must be USPAP compliant and obtained after January 30, 1989.