Qualifying Education Requirements

General Information about Appraiser Qualifying Education

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) establishes the minimum Qualifying Education requirements for real property appraisers to obtain a state license or certification. State appraiser regulatory agencies are required to implement real property appraiser licensing and certification requirements that are no less stringent than those issued by the AQB. (see AQB Qualification Criteria & 2022 Updates )

The state of Utah only has one course requirement that exceeds the minimum education requirements set forth by the AQB: The Appraiser Trainee and Supervisor course in the state of Utah is a six hour course that is Utah specific. This six hour course is required in place of the four hour minimum course that the AQB requires. It includes the required AQB curriculum in addition to Utah specific curriculum.

Utah also requires that licensing for appraisers take place in a step-by-step fashion, where an individual must first become an Appraiser Trainee, then a Licensed Appraiser, and finally a Certified Appraiser. The required Qualifying Education courses remain the same, but it is important to note that one cannot simply take the required courses (along with all other requirements) and immediately apply to be a Certified Appraiser, without first becoming a Trainee and then a Licensed Appraiser.

More detailed information is included in the Licensing menu on college education requirements for each license type.

Qualifying Education Courses Required for Each License or Certification

Appraiser Trainee

Basic Appraisal Principles

30 hours

Basic Appraisal Procedures

30 hours

15 Hour National USPAP Course or Its Equivalent

15 hours

Appraiser Trainee & Supervisor Course

6 hours

Licensed Appraiser

*Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use

15 hours

*Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach

15 hours

*Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches

30 hours

*Residential Report Writing and Case Studies

15 hours

(Plus previously completed Trainee QE Requirements as listed above)

81 hours

* These four residential courses may be substituted with the equivalent four General courses, identified with ** below, under Certified General. The General courses are significantly more hours to complete at this stage, but will reduce the overall hours taken for those that wish to ultimately become a Certified General Appraiser.

Certified Residential Appraiser

Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies

15 hours

Statistics Modeling and Finance

15 hours

Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (Must be QE)

20 hours

(Plus Previously completed Trainee and Licensed Appraiser requirements as listed above)

156 hours

Certified General Appraiser

Statistics Modeling and Finance (unless upgrading from CR)

15 hours

Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (only 10 hrs if upgrading from CR)

30 hours

**General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use

30 hours

**General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach

30 hours

**General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach

30 hours

**General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies

30 hours

General Appraiser Income Approach

60 hours

(Plus previously completed Trainee and Licensed Appraiser Requirements as listed above. Courses marked with** not required to be duplicated if completed for LA license)

306 minimum hours