How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser in Texas

How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser in Texas

homeThe Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) is in charge of the receiving, approving and processing of real estate appraising applications. In Texas,  an Appraiser Trainee is a person who is authorized (approved, but not licensed) by the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board  to gain legal real estate appraisal experience under the sponsorship of a Certified General or Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser. You must get this license to obtain the experience hours that qualify you to take the test for licensed, certified, and certified general licenses. Note that you do not need to take each test for each level. You can go straight to the certified or certified general tests if you have completed the minimum required experience hours and coursework for those levels. An additional requirement for Texas that some states do not have is the sponsorship by a Certified Appraiser. This sponsorship is required for your application to the board to be accepted after all other requirements are met (see below). In other states, you need only submit your application once you have completed the requirements in order to receive the Appraiser Trainee License (or equivalent).

An interesting difference between Texas and another state, such as Ohio, is that the 2,000 experience hours may be completed in just 12 months as opposed to 24 months. If you live in Texas, consider yourself lucky.

Texas Appraiser Trainee

Basic Requirements: A citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien, eighteen (18) years of age or older, a legal resident of Texas for a minimum of 60 days immediately prior to filing the application, satisfy the board as to the applicants honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity, satisfy the education requirements, have a certified sponsor.
Training and Education Requirements: 75 hours of coursework
Fees: $325 Application Fee ($305 online)
State Test Required: None

Texas Licensed Real Estate Appraiser

Basic Requirements: A citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien, eighteen (18) years of age or older, satisfy the board as to the applicants honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity.
Training and Education Requirements: Obtain 2,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired under a certified real estate appraiser over a minimum of 12 months + 70 hours of additional coursework; you must also have an Associate’s degree or higher OR 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university.
Fees: $350 Application Fee ($330 online)
State Test Required: Yes

Texas Certified Real Estate Appraiser

Basic Requirements: A citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien, eighteen (18) years of age or older, satisfy the board as to the applicants honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity,pay a National Registry fee after the exam is passed and the experience requirements are met to obtain an active license.
Training and Education Requirements: Obtain 2,500 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired under a certified real estate appraiser over a minimum of 24 months + 50 hours of additional coursework (in addition to the 75 hours required for the state license) + a Bachelor’s degree or higher
Fees: $375 Application Fee ($355 online) + $80 National Registry Fee
State Test Required: Yes

Texas Certified General Real Estate Appraiser

Basic Requirements:  A citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien, eighteen (18) years of age or older, satisfy the board as to the applicants honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity,pay a National Registry fee after the exam is passed and the experience requirements are met to obtain an active license.
Training and Education Requirements: Obtain 3,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired under a certified real estate appraiser over a minimum of 30 months of which a minimum of 1,500 hours must be no- residential real property appraisal experience + 190 hours of additional coursework (in addition to the hours of coursework required by both the state licence and certification) +  Bachelor’s degree or higher 
Fees: $425 Application Fee ($415 online) + $80 National Registry Fee
State Test Required: Yes

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Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB)

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