Appraisal Licensing in PA: Earning an Pennsylvania Appraiser License

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Steps to Get a Pennsylvania Appraisal License

All individuals interested in becoming a certified residential or general appraiser must first become a “Licensed Appraiser Trainee,” under regulations from the Pennsylvania State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers

1. Take Pre-License Courses

To become an appraiser in PA, you are required to first become an appraiser trainee, sometimes referred to as an apprentice appraiser or registered appraiser.

To become a trainee, you must complete and pass 79 hours of basic appraisal qualifying education (4 courses):

  1. Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours)
  2. Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours)
  3. National USPAP Course (15 hours)
  4. National Appraising for Supervisor & Trainee (4 hours)


  • Each of the four courses is accompanied by a final exam. All four courses must be documented as completed and passed before applying for an appraiser trainee license.
  • No experience is required to start your qualifying education.

2. Apply for Your Trainee License

Submit an application to become a licensed appraiser trainee to the Pennsylvania Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers. The application must designate an intended certified appraisal supervisor. You will need to find a certified appraiser to gain supervised training experience before applying for your license.

1) Submit your application and fees to the state board
2) Submit your fingerprints and background check information
3) Receive your license from your state’s board

3. Gain Work Experience

Learn the business and grow your understanding of the appraisal process from a certified appraisal supervisor. Once you have completed your coursework and applied for your license you can begin your training with your supervisory appraiser.

The certified appraiser supervisor and the trainee must document any completed work, which will be submitted and reviewed by the PA regulatory board when the trainee applies for another license.  Applications must include documentation that the intended supervisor also has completed the 4-hour National Appraising for the Supervisor and Trainee course.

You may find it valuable to also read about the qualification criteria (minimum education, experience, and examination requirements) for real property appraisers, as issued by the Appraiser Qualifications Board.

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