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Home Appraisal Schools: How to Choose

Appraisal education requirements and certification are governed by state laws and a federally approved association. Associate's degrees are available in the field, but most schools offer certificates of completion for appraisal trainees and licensed appraisers.

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Residential appraisers value homes, undeveloped residential land and income properties for sale or tax purposes. Home appraisal programs are offered by community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities.

Schools with Home Appraisal Programs

These schools offer certificate and associate's degrees in home appraisal.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY 4-year, Public Certificate $9,482 in-state, $24,132 out-of-state
Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 2-year, Public Associate's $2,046 in-state, $7,830 out-of-state
North Seattle College Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Certificate $4,458 in-state, $9,693 out-of-state
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC 2-year, Public Certificate $2,664 in-state, $8,808 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for home appraisal schools:

  • When selecting a home appraisal school, students must first determine whether the curriculum adheres to state guidelines as well as those of the federally authorized Appraisal Foundation.
  • Students should also consider whether a school's curriculum provides instruction and preparation for certification exams.
  • Students should consider whether the curriculum covers current issues in appraising and internship opportunities.
  • Schools may offer certificate and degree programs with different lengths and course requirements.

Residential Appraisal Assistant Trainee Certificate

Assistant trainee certificate programs usually require 15-20 credit hours, making them the shortest of the most commonly offered appraisal programs. Some programs contain prerequisites, such as a basic knowledge of real estate law and finance.

Licensed Residential Appraiser Certificate

Licensed residential appraiser certificate programs are the highest level of certificate in the field. These programs require an average of 35 credit hours and include the Appraisal Foundation's general education requirements. Some certificate programs combine appraisal trainee and licensed residential appraiser programs. In these programs, upon completion of coursework required to become a trainee, students are permitted to sit for state or federal examinations to work as an appraisal trainee.

Associate of Applied Science in Appraisal

Appraisal associate degree programs are designed for students interested in continuing their education and earning a bachelor's degree. Programs include general education requirements and training courses. After completing average of 60 credits, graduates of associate's degree programs are eligible to sit for the appraisal certification exam.

Students who are interested in home appraisal should look for programs with curricula that adheres to state guidelines and will prepare them for certification. Students may also consider programs that cover current appraising issues and offer internships, as well as the length of the program.

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