LeMay School of Real Estate's
Real Estate Appraiser Qualifications Guide
as of 3/23/15

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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 website links.

...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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