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All individual California real estate appraisal courses are self-paced, state-approved and conveniently available anytime, anywhere.

Basic Appraisal Procedures

Format | Online Self-Paced

Credit Hours | 30

Category | New License

SKU | 558CA014001

$349.00
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Need a thorough insight into the process of valuation? Then this course is for you! During this 30-hour appraisal course curriculum, you'll learn the three approaches used by appraisers to reach the opinion of value - income capitalization, sales comparison and cost - and how to derive multipliers and rates. You'll also be guided through the sales comparison approach, which is comprised of checking the validity of information, organizing a comparative analysis, making adjustments, selecting comparison units, and how to conduct market research and reconciliation. You'll get hands-on experience by completing crucial sections of an appraisal report as well as gain insight into property description, design basics and construction. This course fulfills 30-hours of Real Property Appraisal Qualification Criteria for the levels of Trainee to Licensed Appraiser.

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Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches

Format | Online Self-Paced

Credit Hours | 30

Category | New License

SKU | 558CA019001

$349.00
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Get an understanding of the fundamental concepts of appraising with this online appraisal course. It guides you through the different data that needs to be collected and reviewed during the appraisal process. This course explains how to use sales comparison grids and how to search for public comparable sales data in a computerized database. You'll learn the process and steps in the income appoach. Completion of Basic Appraisal Principles and Basic Appraisal Procedures courses are a prerequisite for this course. This course fulfills 30 hrs of the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria for the Licensed Appraiser level.

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Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use

Format | Online Self-Paced

Credit Hours | 15

Category | New License

SKU | 558CA012001

$199.00
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Dive into residential market analysis with this online appraisal continuing education course. You'll get a deeper understanding of how to read, map and analyze a market area by applying highest and best use practices. Learn three approaches in appraisal valuation, including: sales comparison, cost and income capitalization. You'll gain insight into the connection between highest and best use analysis, market analysis, and the three approaches to real estate valuation. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Basic Appraisal Principles and Basic Appraisal Procedures.

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Residential Report Writing and Case Studies

Format | Online Self-Paced

Credit Hours | 15

Category | New License

SKU | 558CA013001

$199.00
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Want to produce professional, thorough appraisal reports? Then this appraisal course is for you! You'll get a crash-course on the numerous writing exercises needed to be a successful appraiser. This online course covers residential valuation procedures, numerous writing techniques, and a review of grammar and writing assignments focused around a residential case study. With is hands-on course, you'll retain information better as you complete the exercises, including: compiling of competent and practical narrative comments to be included in appraisal reports as well as how to interpret valuation procedures and conclusions for people who use the reports.

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Residential Appraiser Site Valuation & Cost Approach

Format | Online Self-Paced

Credit Hours | 15

Category | New License

SKU | 558CA011001

$199.00
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Gain confidence in your appraisal valuation skills! This online appraisal course provides a more in-depth dive into appraisal valuation concepts and cost approach applications. You'll develop a stronger understanding of the cost approach process with step-by-step examples of applying this appraisal value method. Course highlights include: interview methods and tips, market extraction, and data sources from professional services. Prerequisities: Basic Appraisal Principles and Basic Appraisal Procedures.

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California Appraisal License Requirements

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers. The information provided below can be found on the Board’s website. However, we recommend you contact the Board for more detailed information and for any changes which may have occurred.

California Appraisal Licensure Levels:

  • Trainee License
  • Residential License
  • Certified Residential License
  • Certified General License 

California Appraisal Licensure Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Proved proof of legal presence in the United States
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must meet the educational requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • Must meet the experience requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • For Certified Residential level:  A minimum of an Associates Degree OR 21 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required. 
  • For Certified General level:  A minimum of a Bachelors Degree OR 30 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required. 
  • Satisfactory completion of the state examination
  • Submit application, required documents, and associated fees.

California Appraisal Education Requirements:

  • 150 hours for the Trainee which consist of the following courses:  Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours), Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours), 15 Hour National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours), Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours), Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 Hours), Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approach (30 hours)
  • 150 hours for the Residential Licensed Appraiser which include the same hour requirement as the Trainee level
  • 200 Hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser which consist of the same 150 hours of Licensed Appraiser education AND:  Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours), Advanced Residential Application and Case Studies (15 hours), Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hours)
  • 300 hours for the Certified General Appraiser which includes the same 200 hours for the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser education AND:  General Appraiser Sales Comparison and Income Approach (15 hours), General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), General Appraiser Income Approach (45 hours), General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (10 hours), General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)

Experience Requirements:

  • Trainee – no work experience requirement 
  • Residential Licensed Appraiser – 2000 hours in no less than 12 months
  • Certified Residential Appraiser – 2500 hours in no less than 30 months
  • Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in no less than 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals

Upgrade Requirements: 

  • Effective January 1, 2020
    •  Upgrade application must include proof of all AQB required education, plus completion certificates for the following:
      • A 7-hour USPAP course taken within two (2) years prior to submission of the upgrade application; and
      • A 4-hour Laws and Regulations course taken within four (4) years prior to the submission of the upgrade application
  • the new credential will be valid for two (2) years, and it will start the continuing education cycle over. Please call the bureau if you have questions regarding upgrading a license.

California Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • A full CE Renewal is the second renewal after the beginning of your CE Cycle. The required education for this renewal includes the 7-hour National USPAP Update Course taken in your USPAP-only renewal (above), but also must have an additional 7-hour National USPAP Update Course taken within the second 2 years of the license term and a 4-hour Laws and Regulations course. 
  • Those three courses total 18 of the 56 hours required for the CE Cycle, leaving 38 hours of electives. In order to avoid a potential lapse in your license renewal applications should be submitted 90 days prior to your expiration date.
  • All acceptable continuing education must be taken within the licensees CE Cycle. A licensees original CE Cycle start date will begin with the issuance date of their initial license, and normally runs for a period of four years provided the USPAP Renewal is not renewed on a late basis. The ending date of a CE Cycle will be the expiration date of the CE Renewal. The CE Cycle then starts over and the licensees new CE Cycle Start date will be the issuance date of the CE Renewal.

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