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How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser in Texas

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A real estate appraiser provides pricing and value information on real estate, usually in a detailed report. This can be undertaken for a homeowner about to sell or refinance, or for a commercial company that owns real estate. In Texas, real estate appraisers must be licensed by the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB), which specifies education and testing requirements for appraisers in the state.

Look for trainee positions with established appraisal firms in your area. In order to come an official trainee you must have a sponsoring firm. You can either write to or cold-call local firms to ask about opportunities that they have, or you can look for trainee positions advertised online or in your local paper. You can also find a list of sponsoring appraisal firms on the website of the TALCB.

Complete 75 hours of qualifying appraisal education. This must include 30 hours of basic appraisal principles, 30 hours of basic procedures and 15 hours of the National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice course. You can find a list of approved educational institutions on the TALCB website.

Apply to the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board to become an appraiser trainee. To register, you must be a citizen of the U.S., or a lawfully admitted alien, be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the state of Texas who has lived in the state for at least 60 days.

Decide if you wish to become licensed as a certified general appraiser, a certified residential appraiser or a state licensed appraiser. A general appraiser must meet the most stringent educational and experience criteria, including holding a bachelor's degree, and is licensed to appraise all types of property. A residential appraiser may appraise one- to four-unit residential properties at any value, and must hold at least an associate degree. A state licensed appraiser may appraise residential properties under one million dollars in value and is not required to have a college degree.

Work the required number of hours of appraisals under the supervision of your mentoring firm. This will vary from 2,000 to 3,000 over one to three years, depending on which qualification you are training for. Ensure that during this time you keep an appraisal experience log as evidence of your fulfillment of the requirement.

Complete the educational requirement of your chosen license. This will vary between 150 and 300 course hours.

File an application for certification at your license level with the TALCB. You can download application forms on the board’s website, along with information about current fees.

Apply to take the National Uniform State Appraiser Examination for your chosen license level within one year of applying for your license. This is administered by national testing service PSI. You can register for your exam and pay the examination fee on PSI’s website. You will be able to select your testing date and location. There are 17 testing locations around Texas.

Take the exam at your scheduled time and location. The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, and the time allowed is six hours for the state licensed and certified residential exams and eight hours for the certified general appraiser qualification. All exams are developed by the National Appraiser Qualification Board.



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