Appraiser Qualifications Board
Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria
Interpretation – Acceptable College and University Courses
This communication is for the purpose of issuing an Interpretation of the Real Property
Appraiser Qualification Criteria. Interpretations are essential to a proper understanding of
the requirements set forth in the Criteria and as such, are binding upon users of the Criteria.
Interpretations will be incorporated into the published version of the Real Property
Appraiser Qualification Criteria at its next printing.
May 1, 2009
Effective Date: January 1, 2010
Interpretation of Criteria Section(s):
Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser (2008 Criteria)
Certified General Real Property Appraiser (2008 Criteria)
- Criteria Specific to Qualifying Education Section III (B)
Effective January 1, 2008, applicants for a Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser or
Certified General Real Property Appraiser credential are required to possess college degrees, or in
lieu of the required degrees, applicants may complete specified college-level education.
Although the Criteria describe acceptable accrediting agencies, some accreditations apply to non-
degree-granting colleges and universities, which was not the intent of the AQB.
The Criteria requires an Associate degree for the Certified Residential classification, and a
Bachelors degree for the Certified General classification. However, in lieu of these respective
requirements, applicants may complete specific courses from accredited colleges and universities.
For the Certified Residential credential, applicants are required to complete a total of 21 semester
credit hours in seven (7) specified subject matter areas. For the Certified General credential,
applicants must complete a total of 30 semester credit hours in ten (10) subject matter areas.
The Criteria describe acceptable accreditation bodies for colleges and universities. However,