The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - 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.
Tennessee Appraisal Licensure Levels:
- Registered Appraiser
- Licensed Appraiser
- Certified Residential Appraiser
- Certified General Appraiser
Tennessee Appraisal Licensure Requirements:
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent
- 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 Associate’s Degree OR 21 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required.
- For Certified General level: A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree OR 30 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required.
- Satisfactory completion of the state examination (Registered Trainees are not required to take the state exam.)
- Submit application, required documents, and associated fees.
Tennessee Appraisal Education Requirements:
- 75 hours for the Registered 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)
- 150 hours for the Licensed Appraiser which include the same hour requirement as the Registered Trainee level AND: 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)
- 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 Appraiser education AND: Income Property Appraisal (60 hours), General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (10 hours), General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)
- Registered Trainee – No experience required
- Licensed Appraiser – 2000 hours in no less than 24 months
- Certified Residential Appraiser – 2500 hours in no less than 24 months
- Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in no less than 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals
Tennessee Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:
- All licenses expire two years for date of issuance
- All licensees must complete 28 hours of continuing education during that two year cycle
- 7 hours must cover the USPAP Update course or its equivalent
- Only 14 hours may be taken through distance education courses