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Other Stuff You Should Know...
...Don't Intentionally Work Your Way Up From Licensing to Certification!!
It is NOT NECESSARY to work your way up through the licensing levels.
Although some people get their license and then decide to upgrade to certification, they
soon discover that many of the courses they took to become licensed don't have enough
hours to count toward certification. The result is they end up having to repeat a lot of
course material unnecessarily. It is much more efficient (and much less expensive in terms
of time and money) to work toward the highest level of licensing / certification you wish
to achieve. While there may be specific (financial, employment, family) reasons that make
a stepped approach a good choice, fear of not being handle the work or classes is not
a good reason. The extra expense, time, stress, and effort needed to take redundant
coursework and the national exam multiple times are an unnecessary burden for most people.
...About Approved Courses
Courses and seminars fall into 2 categories - Qualifying Education and Continuing
Education. Only Qualifying Education courses count toward getting certified or licensed,
but qualifying education courses are normally accepted for maintaining your certification
or license. All Qualifying Education courses are a minimum of two-days long, and must
include an exam.
Courses are approved at the state level, although a few states automatically recognize
courses approved by the AQB. If you are not sure that a course is recognized by your
state, contact the course provider or your state board before you sign up! Even
if a course is offered by a large organization or has AQB approval, it still
might not count towards your educational requirements! Your state board
makes the final decision. The ASC
maintains a list of state regulator contact information, including email addresses and
...About Experience Credit
Many boards award or limit the number of hours of experience that can be claimed by the
type of appraisal / report / activity. You will need to keep records of work you perform
for experience, and some states require that your appraisal log be signed by a Supervising
appraiser (who can only oversee a maximum of 3 trainees at a time). All work claimed for
credit must meet or exceed the version of USPAP in place at the time it was written. Most
(all?) jurisdictions will select some of the assignments claimed for experience credit for
review, so do your best on every assignement!
In New Hampshire, up to half of your experience credit can be obtained for appraisals
written without a client. This means you can obtain credit for appraisals you write on
your own (or other's) property even though no one asked requested it.
...Need more information?
The final word on all appraiser licensure questions rests in the New Hampshire Real
Estate Appraiser Board rules, which can be found at: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/state_agencies/rab100-500.html.
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