How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser in California

The California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers handles appraisal licensing. California is one of the few states with a lower minimum time requirement to obtain the necessary experience hours for licensing.  The 2,000 experience hours can be obtained in 12 months. Most states require the hours to be obtained in no less than 18-24 months.

California Trainee License

Basic Requirements: Must be 18 years or older and submit an application including education, experience, background check and proof of legal presence in the United States
Training Requirements: None
Education Requirements: 150 hours of qualifying education courses not more than five years old
Fee: $380.00
State Required Test: None

California Residential License

Basic Requirements: Must be 18 years or older and submit an application including education, experience, background check and proof of legal presence in the United States
Training Requirements: 2,000 hours of experience in no less than 12 months
Education Requirements: 150 hours of qualifying education courses and 30 hours of college level education or an Associate’s degree or higher
Fee: $455.00
State Required Test: Yes

California Certified Residential License

Basic Requirements: Must be 18 years or older and submit an application including education, experience, background check and proof of legal presence in the United States
Training Requirements: 2,500 hours of experience in no fewer than 30 months
Education Requirements: 200 hours of qualifying education courses and a Bachelor’s degree or higher
Fee: $505.00
State Required Test: Yes

California Certified General License

Basic Requirements: Must be 18 years or older and submit an application including education, experience, background check and proof of legal presence in the United States
Training Requirements: 3,000 hours of experience in no fewer than 30 months. 1,500 of those hours must be in non-residential experience.
Education Requirements: 300 hours of qualifying education courses and a Bachelor’s degree or higher
Fee: $505.00
State Required Test: Yes

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4 Comments

  1. carolina

    Hello,

    In 2.5 years I can complete all the requirements to become a California Certified General License Appraiser?

    I will star soon to study to become a Real Estate Appraiser in California and your blog really help me to understand everything better, I bought your e-book and I love it.

    Thanks :)

  2. Chris D.

    Carolina,

    Thanks for the feedback! Yes, 2.5 years is the minimum time you may complete your 3,000 experience hour requirement and thus obtain your certified general level of licensing.

    Per the AQB, “Three thousand (3,000) hours of qualifying experience obtained in no fewer than thirty (30) months, where a minimum of one thousand five hundred (1,500) hours must be obtained in non-residential appraisal work.”

    And the State of California has kept to these minimum AQB requirements. Good luck!

  3. Option.Period

    I am thinking about getting licensed as an appraiser in California. I plan on doing this on the side while still working my regular full-time job (8a-5p; M-F) in order to transition out of my present profession and into this new one.

    I understand getting the trainee’s license (plan to do that online in the evenings after work) and then “Per the AQB, the minimum requirements to become a licensed appraiser are the completion of 2,000 experience hours in no less than 12 months” (meaning one has to take at least 1 year to get their experience hours in) – my question is whether there is a limit on the other side e.g. must the 2,000 hours also be completed WITHIN a certain period of time, as I am doing this on the side (I have a friend who will work with me on timing … mostly time on weekends) it will take me quite a while to amass 2,000 hours … probably 4 years. Will violate an outside time limit to get the hours in or do the hours expire? Thanks for any advice!

    1. Chris D.

      There is no maximum time limit. Just remember to renew your trainee license and make sure your mentor remains in in good standing with the state. I would also complete and have your log signed “as you go”.

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