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Certified General Appraiser

Pennsylvania Licensure Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

1 Examination

3,000 Hours of Experience

28 Hours of Continuing Education (when renewing license)

320.00 to 445.00 Initial Fee

305.00 Renewal Fee

A person who holds a certificate issued under authority of the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act and is authorized to perform appraisals of all types of real property in non-Federally related transactions.

Degree Requirement:

Bachelor's Degree - Applicant must hold a Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited college or university and 300 hours of Appraisal Education. The 15-Hour National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course or equivalent is required.   The course must be approved by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB). This course must be taught by an AQB Certified USPAP instructor who is also a state-certified appraiser.

Certified General Appraisers:

All Certified General Appraiser candidates must complete 300 class hours in appraisal curriculum as prescribed by the AQB. Effective May 1, 2018, the AQB Qualifications Criteria changed the post-secondary requirements for Certified General Appraiser applicants.  The changes required Certified General Appraiser applicants to satisfy one of the following post-secondary options: 

  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in any field

  2. Possession of an associate's degree in business administration, accounting, finance, economic, or real estate.

  3. Successful completion of 30 semester hours of college level courses that cover each of the following specific topic areas and hours:
    1. English Composition (3 semester hours); 
    2. Microeconomics (3 semester hours); 
    3. Macroeconomics (3 semester hours); 
    4. Finance (3 semester hours); 
    5. Algebra, Geometry, or higher mathematics (3 semester hours); 
    6. Statistics (3 semester hours); 
    7. Computer Science (3 semester hours); 
    8. Business or Real Estate Law (3 semester hours); and 
    9.  Two elective courses in any of the topics listed above or in accounting, geography, agricultural economics, business management, or real estate (3 semester hours each).

  4. Successful completion of 30 semester hours of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams in each of the following subject areas:
    1. College Algebra (3 semester hours); 
    2. College Composition (6 semester hours); 
    3. College Composition Modular (3 semester hours);
    4. College Mathematics (6 semester hours);
    5. Principles of Macroeconomics (3 semester hours);
    6. Principles of Microeconomics (3 semester hours);
    7. Introductory Business Law (3 semester hours); and
    8. Information Systems (3 semester hours)

  5. A combination of options number 3 and 4 that ensures coverage of all topics and hours identified in option number 3.

  6. A 'Licensed' Real Estate Appraiser for at least five (5) years in another state.

Examination Requirement: 

1 ExaminationApplicant must pass an AQB-approved examination and meet the following education and experience requirements prior to examination.


3,000 Hours of Experience - Appraiser applicants must be able to demonstrate 3,000 hours of acceptable appraisal experience within 18 months.  A minimum of 1,500 hours of nonresidential experience is required. 

Continuing Education (when renewing license): 

28 Hours of Continuing Education - Certified Pennsylvania Appraisers are required to complete 28 continuing education hours every 24  months including the National USPAP Update Course, or equivalent (7 hours) and 2 hours focusing on Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act and the Board's regulations and policies. A licensee is not required to complete continuing education if initially licensed January 1st through April 30th every odd numbered years. 

Initial Licensing Fee: 

$320.00 to $445.00 - Depends on date of certification 

Application Fee - $235
PLUS, Initial Certification Fee of $45 (if initial date of certification is between 1/1/2023 – 3/31/2023) 
PLUS, National Registry Fee to Appraisal Subcommittee (1 Year) $40
Total: $320

Application Fee - $235
PLUS, Initial Certification Fee of $90 (if initial date of certification is between 4/1/2023 – 6/30/2023) 
PLUS, National Registry Fee to Appraisal Subcommittee (3 Years) $120
Total: $445


Application Fee - $235
PLUS, Initial Certification Fee of $90 (if initial date of certification is between 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2024) 
PLUS, National Registry Fee to Appraisal Subcommittee (2 Years) $80
Total: $405 

Licensure Renewal Fee: 

$305.00 Biennial renewal of license

Licensure by Reciprocity & Licensure by Act 41:

To apply by reciprocity, applicant must pass the AQB examination, and be certified in another state where that state's standards are equal or greater then Pennsylvania standards.

Act 41 allows for portability of out-of-state professional licensees coming to work in Pennsylvania. Act 41 does this by granting all boards and commissions within the Commonwealth the authority to endorse licensees from other states, territories or jurisdictions (with substantially equivalent licensing requirements) who are active, in good standing and without discipline against their license or criminal conviction.

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