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Real Estate Appraiser Licensing Requirements

Minnesota Department of Commerce

85 7th Place East, Suite 280
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-539-1500
Minnesota Department of Commerce Website


Trainee Real Property Appraiser Education Requirements
A. Be 18 years or older
B. Submit to a criminal history record check
C. Submit a fingerprint card and pay fee
D. Complete 75 hours of education to include 15 Hour National USPAP course and 6 hour Supervisor and Trainee course.(education cannot be used to upgrade license) All education must be completed within 5 years.

a. Basic Appraisal Principles- 30 Hours
b. Basic Appraisal Procedures- 30 hours
c. 15 Hour National USPAP course- 15 hours

E. After completing your online application, applicants must email documentation of pre-licensing education to the Department of Commerce.

Licensed Real Property Appraiser Education Requirements
A. Be 18 years or older
B. Successfully complete 150 hours of education to include 75 hours of real estate appraisal principles and 15-hour National USPAP course. (if licensee hold an active Trainee license, requirement is reduced by 75 hours)

a. Basic Appraisal Principles- 30 hours
b. Basic Appraisal Procedures- 30 hours
c. 15-Hour National USPAP course- 15 hours
d. Residential market analysis and highest and best use- 15 hours
e. Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach- 15 hours
f. Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches- 30 hours
g. Residential Report Writing and Case Studies- 15 hours

C. Provide proof of obtaining 2000 hours of experience in real property appraisal obtained in no fewer than 12 months.
D. Hold an Associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. In lieu of the degree, the applicant may present documentation of successful completion of 30 semester credit hours of instruction from an accredited college or university.
E. Pass State and National Exam
F. After completing your online application, licensees must email documentation of the pre-licensing education, original passing results for the Licensed Real Estate Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification form documenting 1,000 hours of licensed appraiser experience to the Department of Commerce. Please put “Appraising Licensing” in the subject field.


Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser
A. Be 18 years or older
B. Successfully complete 200 hours of education to include the 15-Hour National USPAP Course to include:

i. Basic Appraisal Principles- 30 Hours
ii. Basic Appraisal Procedures- 30 hours
iii. 15-Hour National USPAP course-15 hours
iv. Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use- 15 hours
v. Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach- 15 hours
vi. Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches- 30 hours
vii. Statistic, Modeling, and Finance- 15 Hours
viii. Residential Report Writing and Case Studies- 15 hours
ix. Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies- 15 hours
x. Appraiser subject matter electives- 20 hours

a. If applicant holds a valid Trainee License, requirement is reduced by 75 hours
b. If applicant holds a valid Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser license requirement is reduced by 150 hours.
c. Have a bachelor’s degree or higher from any accredited college or university.

C. Applicant must provide evidence that the applicant has obtained 1500 hours of experience in real property appraisal obtained in no fewer than 12 months.
D. Pass State and National Exam

Certified General Appraiser Education Requirements
A. Be 18 years old
B. Complete 300  hours of education with the 15 Hour USPAP course to include:

a. Basic Appraisal Principles- 30 hours
b. Basic Appraisal Procedures- 30 hours
c. 15-Hour National USPAP course-15 hours
d. General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use- 30 hours
e. Statistics, Modeling and Finance- 15 hours
f. General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach- 30 hours
g. General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach- 30 hours
h. General Appraiser Income Approach- 60 hours
i. General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies- 30 hours
j. Appraisal Subject Matter electives- 30 hours

C. Applicants must present evidence that has obtained 3000 hours of experience real property appraisal obtained in no fewer than 30 months.
D. Pass State and National Exam


Appraiser Continuing Education Requirements
A. License renewals are every two years
B. Every two years licensees must complete 30 hours of education to include the 7 hour USPAP Update Course every two years.
C. Classroom credit cannot be provided for classes that are less than 2 hours.
D. An approved Prelicense education course may be taken for CE credit as well.


Exam Provider Information
A. Any exam questions can be found on the exam providers website or by calling 833-273-1946