Become a Texas Real Estate Appraiser: School and Degree Info

Nov 05, 2018

Research real estate appraiser programs in Texas, which currently has more than 20 schools offering real estate programs. Read overviews of the programs and get some quick facts for two schools to decide which program is right for you.

Texas Training Schools for Real Estate Appraisers

To become a Texas real estate appraiser, individuals must be certified or licensed. Candidates must first complete the proper education, which typically involves a formal training program of state-approved courses. In addition to the Texas programs, several online programs available through other state institutions may also qualify in Texas. Learn about the curricula, cooperative education possibilities and online availability of programs at two Texas schools. Check out the following table for additional data about these schools.

  • Alvin Community College is located in southeastern Texas and offers an online program in conjunction with OnCourse Learning for aspiring appraisers.
  • Houston Community College, with 19 campus locations throughout the Houston area, offers a real estate comparative market analysis certificate program that focuses on appraisal.

Comparison of Schools

In order to choose the best school for your situation, you'll want to consider many factors. Read on to learn more about the schools' enrollment figures, graduation rates and annual tuition costs.

Alvin Community College Houston Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 5,785 57,120
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $1,622 (in-district)
$2,726 (in-state)
$3,878 (out-of-state)
$1,632 (in-district)
$3,360 (in-state)
$3,756 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 50% 62%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions) 100% (open admissions)
Retention Rate (2016)* 62% 65%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who began 2014)* 25% 18%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Alvin Community College

Alvin Community College is a 2-year public school with an enrollment of about 5,000 each year. It offers an online real estate appraiser program that is approved by the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB). Alvin has partnered with OnCourse Learning to offer a state-of-the-art online program that allows future appraisers the luxury of studying and taking classes from the comfort of their home. The TALCB is the authority for granted certification and licensing for real estate appraisers in the state.

Online Real Estate Appraiser Program

Alvin Community College, in partnership with OnCourse Learning, offers online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations. There are two training options: first, aspiring real estate appraisers can enroll in a 75-hour training program that overs the Associate Real Estate Appraiser Qualification Criteria. The courses include appraisal procedures and principles and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Secondly, current appraisers can enroll in the Texas appraisal continuing education courses. These courses have everything you need to satisfy your 15 hour/year appraisal continuing education requirement and cover topics such as appraisal math and statistics, site valuation and residential market analysis.

Houston Community College

With 19 locations in addition to an array of distance-learning options, Houston Community College serves more than 50,000 students annually. Offered through its Career and Technology Education department, the school's real estate comparative market analysis program can prepare students for careers in real estate appraisal.

Real Estate - Comparative Market Analysis Certificate (Level 1)

This program's real estate appraisal course is approved by the TALCB. Students complete 18 credit hours over two semesters. After providing an overview of the field of study, courses cover commercial appraisal, real estate construction and real estate investments, among other topics. Students also get the chance to participate in practical applications of what they learn through a cooperative education project in the second semester. This certificate can be pursued online.

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