FAQ – Supervisory Appraiser

Q.   Who needs to take the Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser course?
A.    As of January 1, 2015, all new Supervisory Appraisers and new Appraiser Assistants must complete the course prior to application.  Supervisory Appraisers approved prior to January 1, 2015 must have completed the course prior to entering into a new supervisor/trainee relationship. Supervisory Appraisers approved prior to January 1, 2015 who did not enter into a new supervisor/trainee relationship must have completed the course by December 15, 2015. You may be asked to provide proof of completion to our office during an audit.


Q.   I am currently a credentialed Trainee Appraiser.  Am I required to take the Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser course?  
A.    Trainee Appraisers who held a license prior to January 1, 2015 do not need to complete the course.  Trainee Appraisers applying after January 1, 2015 must complete the course.


Q.   How long is the Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser course valid?
A.    There is no specified time of validity.  The course is a prerequisite for Supervisory Appraisers to supervise and for Trainee Appraisers to obtain a credential. 


Q.   Does a Trainee Appraiser who has already taken the required Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser course need to take the course again when becoming eligible to be a Supervisory Appraiser?
A.    Taking the course as a Trainee Appraiser satisfies the requirement if the Trainee later becomes a Supervisory Appraiser.


Q.   I am a Supervisory Appraiser who recently upgraded from Certified Residential to Certified General. Am I allowed to continue to supervise my Trainee Appraisers or do I need to wait until I have held the Certified General credential for three years? 
A.   Yes. You are allowed to continue to supervise your current Trainee Appraisers. However, you must be competent in the property type and the geographic location of your practice. You may supervise the Trainee Appraiser in both residential and non-residential assignments that you are competent to appraise. You may not supervise a trainee obtaining Certified General experience until you have held the Certified General credential for three years. 


Q.   I am a certified appraiser who recently obtained my license in New York State through reciprocity with another state.  I have been certified for more than three years and also took the required course for Supervisory Appraisers/Trainee Appraisers in the other state.  Can I supervise Trainee Appraisers in New York State?
A.    Effective July 1, 2016, while Supervisory Appraisers must still be state certified appraisers in good standing for a minimum of three years prior to supervising, they no longer need to be state certified and in good standing in the jurisdiction in which the Trainee Appraiser practices.


Q.   Can the Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser course completed in New York State be used for continuing education?
A.    Yes, completion of this course by an appraiser can be applied toward the continuing education requirement if completed within an appraiser's two year licensing term.