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How do I get my Colorado Appraiser License?

Beginning Appraiser

1 | Complete Education

Finish 75 hours of required education.

2 | Identify Supervisor(s)

Each appraiser must work under the direct supervision of a Certified Appraiser. Establish that relationship early in the process and begin obtaining experience hours right away.  It is highly recommended that Supervisors who wish to start supervising a new or different trainee and the new trainee complete the Division of Real Estate Appraisers’ Trainee and Supervising Appraiser Course.  

3 | Work Toward the Licensed Appraiser Level

Register for the Level 2: Licensed Appraiser upgrade education while you continue to obtain experience.

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Licensed Appraiser

1 | Complete Education

Complete 75 additional hours of specified upgrade licensing education. Must previously have met the Beginning Appraisers education requirements.

2 | Submit Fingerprinting for Background Check

A fingerprint based background check must be completed through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) before your license can be issued. Since processing can take months, it is recommended to begin this process early. Fingerprinting is available at our Denver location

3 | Obtain Experience and Other Additional Requirements  

Document 2,000 hours of appraisal experience under the direction of a supervisor during a minimum period of one year.  To comply with the new 2015 Appraiser Qualification Board (AQB) criteria, the Board of Real Estate Appraisers has made some recent changes to the application process for initial licensure and certification. New AQB criteria requires both education AND experience to be completed BEFORE the applicant takes the applicable examination. To ensure compliance with this requirement the Board has separated the application process into two steps. This two-step process will begin with staff review and confirmation that the education and examination are compliant and will then conclude with the applicant then being authorized to take the exam and turn in their exam results. This two-step process must be completed in a specific order.

4 | Take the Exam Prep Course 

Register for Appraisal Review Crammer course to make sure you pass the Licensed Appraiser Exam the first time!  This highly recommended optional course will build your test-taking skills.  

5 | Apply for Your License

New requirement:  In the first step, the applicant will fill out and submit the new 2015 application along with providing the necessary documentation; course completion certificates, experience log, and any additional experience documentation.  Once Division staff has determined the education and experience are compliant, a letter of Exam Eligibility will be issued.    

6 | Take the Exam - Pass the Exam

Sign up for the Licensed Appraiser Exam. Contact PSI, the testing service that provides state licensure exams, at 800.733.9267 or www.psiexams.com.  YOU MUST PRESENT A COPY OF THE LETTER OF EXAM ELIGIBILITY TO PSI IN ORDER TO TAKE THE EXAM. You must be on time, or you will not be allowed to take the exam.  After passing the exam, the applicant will complete step two by simply submitting a copy of the examination results along with any required documents that have not yet been submitted. Once staff has verified the examination results, the license or certification credential will be issued.

7 | Maintain Your License

Brightwood College, powered by Kaplan Appraisal Education is here to provide you with everything you need to maintain your license. We offer Appraiser CE and can also help you upgrade to the Certified Residential Appraiser level.

Certified Residential Appraiser

1 | Complete Education

Finish 50 additional hours of specified upgrade licensing education. Must previously have met the Beginning Appraiser and Licensed Appraiser education requirements.

2 | Submit Fingerprinting for Background Check

A fingerprint based background check must be completed through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) before your license can be issued. Since processing can take months, it is recommended to begin this process early. Fingerprinting is available at our Denver location

3 | Obtain Experience

To fulfill the mandated 2,500 hours of experience, complete an additional 500 hours of appraisal experience of “complex” assignments under the direction of a supervisor. The entire 2,500 hours of experience must be acquired in no fewer than 24 months.

4 | Take the Exam Prep Course (optional)

Register for Appraisal Review Crammer course (optional). Make sure you pass the Certified Residential Appraiser Exam the first time! This optional course will build your test-taking skills to ensure that you do.

5 | Take the Exam

Sign up for the Certified Residential Appraiser Exam. Contact PSI, the testing service that provides state licensure exam, at 800.733.9267 or www.psiexams.com.

6 | Apply for Your License

Pass the Certified Residential Appraiser Exam and apply for your license with the state.

7 | Maintain Your License

Brightwood College, powered by Kaplan Appraisal Education is here to provide you with everything you need to maintain your license. We offer a variety of Appraisal Continuing Education courses.