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Becoming an Appraiser

Workforce Waiver – Initial Application Fee

As mandated by Act 725 of 2021, the entities under the Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing have implemented a waiver of the initial licensing fee for applicants who qualify for the Workforce Expansion Act of 2021.  If the initial applicant is currently receiving assistance through the Arkansas Medicaid Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF), Lifeline Assistance Program and/or the applicant was approved for unemployment within the last twelve (12) months and/or the applicant’s income does not exceed two hundred percent (200%) of the federal poverty income guidelines that applicant may qualify for the waiver.

If you meet the qualifications for the Workforce Waiver, please contact our office at (501) 296-1843 or diana.piechocki@arkansas.gov to provide documentation and request the waiver for the initial application fee.

The Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria

For additional information, please reference The Appraiser Qualification Board’s The Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria.  If you have any questions, please contact our office.  501-296-1843.

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How to become a State Registered or Registered Apprentice Appraiser

Please keep in mind that you must be a Registered Apprentice appraiser to upgrade to Licensed or Certified.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at 501-296-1843.

Approved Education Providers and their courses

Please go the “Education” tab on our homepage, scroll down, and you will find a current list of approved courses.

​Education and work experience required for each credential type

  • To become State Licensed
  • To become Certified Residential
  • To become Certified General

To become State Registered or Registered Apprentice Appraiser:

You must take these courses prior to receiving your State Registered/Registered Apprentice Credential


Required Education

USPAP  15 hrs
Basic Appraisal Principles 30 hrs
Basic Appraisal Procedures 30 hrs
Supervisor/Trainee Course  04 hrs
Total 79 hrs

To Become State Licensed:


Required Education

Residential Market Analysis & Highest and Best Use 15 hrs
Residential Appraiser Site Valuation & Cost Approach 15 hrs
Residential Sales Comparison & Income Approaches  30 hrs
Residential Report Writing & Case Studies 15 hrs
Total 75 hrs

No college level education is required.

Required Experience

One thousand (1,000) hours of experience are required to be obtained in no fewer than six (6) months. While the hours may be cumulative, the required number of months must accrue before an individual can be licensed.

To Become Certified Residential:


Required Education

Residential Market Analysis & Highest and Best Use 15 hrs
Residential Appraiser Site Valuation & Cost Approach 15 hrs
Residential Sales Comparison & Income Approaches  30 hrs
Residential Report Writing & Case Studies 15 hrs
Statistics, Modeling and Finance 15 hrs
Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies 15 hrs
Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (must be tested) 20 hrs
Total 125 hrs

Applicants for a Certified Residential credential must meet the Qualifying Education requirements outlined in Section V (C) of the AALCB Rules.  Please see pages 26-29 of the AALCB Rules posted on our website.  

Required Experience

One thousand five hundred (1,500) hours of experience obtained during no fewer than twelve (12) months is required.  While the hours may be cumulative, the required number of months must accrue before an individual can be certified.

To Become Certified General:


Required Education

General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use 30 hrs
Statistics, Modeling and Finance 15 hrs
General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach 30 hrs
General Appraiser Site Valuation & Cost Approach 30 hrs
General Appraiser Income Approach 60 hrs
General Appraiser Report Writing & Case Studies 30 hrs
Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (must be tested) 30 hrs
Total 225 hrs

You must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

Required Experience

Three thousand (3,000) hours of experience obtained during no fewer than eighteen (18) months is required, of which, one thousand five hundred (1,500) hours must be in non-residential appraisal work.  While the hours may be cumulative, the required number of months must accrue before an individual can be certified.

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