Appraiser Qualification Changes

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) has adopted changes to the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria that will take effect January 1, 2015.
Listed below are the most notable changes:

  • Applicants for the Certified General and Certified Residential classifications will be required to possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher (in any field) from an accredited college or university.
  • Applicants for the Licensed Residential classification will have to have successfully complete 30 semester hours of college-level education from an accredited college, junior college, community college, or university, or an Associate’s degree or higher in any field.
  • The “segmented approach” previously adopted by the New York State Real Estate Appraisal Board will no longer be valid. Meaning that effective January 1, 2015 all applicants (new or upgrading) must meet all components (education, experience and exam) of the new criteria at the time of application.
  • Appraiser Assistant applicants and Supervisory Appraisers must complete a course specifically oriented to the requirements and responsibilities of Supervisory Appraiser and Appraiser Trainees.
  • Education and experience will have to be completed prior to taking the National Uniform Licensing and Certification Examinations.

IMPORTANT: Although these changes do not take effect until 2015, it is important to note that appraiser assistants who are currently in the process of obtaining experience to become licensed or certified must be Licensed/Certified prior to the January 1, 2015 effective date or will have to meet the new criteria. This also applies to Licensed Residential Appraisers upgrading to the Certified Residential or Certified General categories.


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