Where Can I Take Real Estate Appraisal Classes in Florida?
Real estate appraisal training programs are readily available across the state of Florida. Several of Florida's public universities offer standalone courses and degree programs that allow students to develop and improve the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career in the field. Such schools include the following universities:
- Miami Dade College offers a standalone course that consists of a hundred hours of instruction and meets in the evening.
- The University of Florida, the state's flagship school, offers appraiser education courses as part of both undergraduate and graduate real estate degree programs.
- The University of Central Florida offers a bachelor's degree program in business administration that features a real estate specialization as well as a certificate program.
The following table compares significant figures at each of these schools, such as acceptance rate, tuition, and graduation rate.
|Miami Dade College||University of Florida||University of Central Florida|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||66,046||49,459||60,767|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsize city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|| $2,834 (in-state)
| $6,381 (in-state)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||81%||96%||95%|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||100% (open admissions)||46%||50%|
|Retention Rate (2014)||N/A||96%||88%|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)||33%||88%||70%|
Source: NCES College Navigator
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College, the largest real estate appraiser education site in the state, offers a standalone course on real estate appraisal. The 100-hour registered trainee appraiser course is taught in the evening.
Real Estate Appraisal Pre-Licensing Course
Some of the topics covered in this class include the roles of appraisal trainees and supervisors, the procedures of appraisals and residential appraisal reports. The course also covers different techniques for appraising real estate.
University of Florida
The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, offers real estate appraisal education classes as both a minor and major. Students can use the minor to supplement a major in a related program. Students looking to focus their studies on real estate can opt for the school's graduate options, which include a master's and doctorate degree program devoted to real estate.
Real Estate Minor
Available at both the undergraduate and graduate level, this minor can be used to supplement a similar major with an education in real estate. Students taking the minor may complete courses in the legal environment of business, principles of macro- or microeconomics, real estate investment decision-making and real estate analysis.
Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE)
This 10-month program includes mentoring by members of the university's Real Estate Advisory Board, as well as peer training from alumni of the program. The MSRE program includes an education in the software and database systems needed for real estate. The courses in finance, insurance, and real estate cover topics that include property valuation methods, property analysis, risk, and real estate development. All students are required to analyze real commercial real estate case studies.
Ph.D. in Business Administration - Finance and Real Estate
Students looking to continue their studies after the master's level can choose to seek a doctorate degree through the business administration program. This program focuses on the economics of real estate and prepares students to work at top universities across the country, or possibly in a non-academic research position.
University of Central Florida
The Dr. P. Phillips School of Real Estate at the University of Central Florida features an undergraduate program in business administration that includes a specialization in real estate. Students can also enroll in the school's certificate program.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Real Estate
The BSBA is an ideal degree program for those interested in estate investments, banking, finance, development, brokerage, appraisal, property management and other such related fields. In order to be allowed to sit for the licensing exam, the student must take 15 hours of classes, including fundamentals of real estate, professional selling and real estate appraisal and valuation. They must also complete an internship.
Real Estate Appraisal Certificate
This 15-credit program features a much shorter but more concentrated curriculum. Upon completion of this certificate, graduates will be qualified to take the Florida real estate appraiser's license.