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Certified General Appraiser

Frequently Asked Questions
Who must license?
According to Utah law, a license is required for any individual who prepares, for valuable consideration, an appraisal, appraisal report, certified appraisal report, or performs a consultation service relating to real estate. (UCA 61-2b-3)
Who is exempt from licensing?
A license is not required for the following individuals who give an opinion regarding the value of real estate (but an opinion of value may not be referred to as an "appraisal"):
  • A licensed real estate Broker or Sales Agent who gives an opinion of value in the ordinary course of business.
  • An employee of a company who gives an opinion of value solely for the company’s use.
  • Any government official or employee acting within their scope of duties.
  • An auditor or accountant who gives an opinion of value while performing an audit.
  • An individual who gives an opinion of value for property in which the individual has an ownership interest.
  • An individual who gives an opinion of value for which no consideration is paid and upon which no other party is reasonably expected to rely.
  • An individual, such as a researcher or secretary, who does not provide significant professional assistance at arriving at analysis, opinion, or conclusion.
  • An attorney authorized to practice law in Utah who uses an appraisal report or who states an opinion of value in the ordinary course of business.
How do I obtain a Temporary Practice Permit for a non-resident?
The State of Utah may issue a six-month Temporary Practice Permit to a non-resident who holds a license/certificate for real estate appraisal from another jurisdiction, if the license/certificate is in good standing and the nature of the business is temporary.

To obtain the Permit, submit to the Division:

NOTE: No more than 2 temporary permits will be issued per calendar year.

How do I obtain a license through reciprocity?
To apply for a license through reciprocity, submit to the Division:
  • Completed and signed Appraiser Reciprocity Application.
  • Certificate of Legal Presence
  • 2 Fingerprint Cards
  • Fingerprint Letter of Waiver
  • Letter of Request from the applicant, which includes a list of all other states in which the applicant is licensed or certified, including those states in which you may have sought only temporary status.
  • $470 non-refundable fee ($350 application fee and $80 National Registry fee).

To become a Certified General Appraiser an individual must:

  1. Be an active Licensed Appraiser or Certified Residential Appraiser in good standing.
  2. Take an additional 100 hours of approved education (for a total of 300 non-duplicative hours) from a certified Appraisal Pre-license School and a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. See complete requirements by clicking here.
  3. Accumulate an additional 1000 experience hours after becoming a Licensed Appraiser (for a total of 3000 experience hours) and have a minimum of 30 months work experience. Mass appraisers must have a minimum of 42 months of work experience. Document experience on the following forms:

    Use the following forms for any work completed after January 1, 2015:

    Use these Experience Appendices Rules to determine the allowed number of hours for each completed appraisal prior to 2015. For experience obtained beginning 2015, use this Experience Appendices Rules.

    Note: At least 1500 experience hours must be non-residential.

  4. Apply to sit for the Certified General Appraiser exam by submitting to the Division the following items along with this checklist:
  5. Upon receipt of the Division’s request for specific appraisal samples, submit the requested samples.
  6. Upon receipt of written approval from the Appraisal Board, take and pass the Certified General Appraiser exam.
  7. After passing the exam, submit to the Division:
    • Completed and signed documentation of successfully passing the exam (issued at the testing center).
    • $120 non-refundable fee ($80 National Registry fee and $40 Fingerprint Processing fee)..

    Note: Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Note: Certified General Appraisers may appraise all types of real estate in Utah.