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Upgrade Appraiser Overview

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING LICENSE UPGRADES

Changes to the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria take effect on January 1, 2015. In order to upgrade your license under the current criteria, you must be fully compliant with all upgrade requirements and your license upgrade application must be COMPLETE and RECEIVED by the Minnesota Department of Commerce ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2014.

If a license upgrade application received by December 31, 2014, is found to be incomplete when it is reviewed, or if you are not fully compliant with all upgrade requirements at the time the Commerce Department receives it, then it will not be approved, and you will need to meet ALL of the prelicense education, college credit hours/college degree, examination, and experience requirements that will take effect on January 1, 2015, in order to upgrade from one license class to another.

A license upgrade application received on or after January 1, 2015, will be reviewed under the new criteria, and you will need to meet ALL of the prelicense education, college credit hours/college degree, examination, and experience requirements in effect on January 1, 2015, in order to upgrade from one license class to another on or after that date.

Click to view licensing requirements for upgrading the following types of appraiser licenses.

  • Upgrade from Trainee to Licensed Residential
    1. Complete the license application online at Pulse Portal.

    2. A $230 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is greater than 12 months (this includes a $80 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    3. A $190 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is less than 12 months (this includes a $40 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    4. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 150 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the National 15-hour USPAP Course. In addition, effective January 1, 2015, you must submit an official college or university transcript to document either that you possess an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university, or that you have successfully completed 30 semester credit hours of instruction from an accredited college or university. Education must be completed prior to taking the appraiser license examination

    5. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours

    6. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 2000 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 12 months and must be completed prior to taking the appraiser license examination.

    7. Attach original passing results for the Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application.

    8. After completing your online application, you must e-mail the documentation of your pre-license education, original passing results for the Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification Form documenting 2000 hours of licensed appraiser experience to the Department of Commerce at licensing.commerce@state.mn.us. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field.

    9. A Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser licensee may perform appraisals for federally-related transactions.

    10. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Trainee to Certified Residential
    1. Complete the license application online at Pulse Portal.

    2. A $230 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is greater than 12 months (this includes a $80 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    3. A $190 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is less than 12 months (includes a $40 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    4. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 200 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the National 15-hour USPAP Course. In addition, for applications received on or before December 31, 2014, you must also have an associate degree from an accredited college or university or you must present satisfactory documentation of completion of 21 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matter courses: English composition; principles of economics (micro or macro); finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; and business or real estate law. Education must be completed prior to taking the appraiser license examination. Effective January 1, 2015 you must submit an official college or university transcript to document that you possess a bechelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

    5. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours

    6. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 2500 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 24 months and must be completed prior to taking the appraiser license examination.

    7. Attach original passing results for the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application.

    8. After completing your online application, you must e-mail the documentation of your pre-license education, original passing results for the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification Form documenting 2500 hours of licensed appraiser experience to the Department of Commerce at licensing.commerce@state.mn.us. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field.

    9. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Trainee to Certified General
    1. Complete the license application online at Pulse Portal.

    2. A $230 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is greater than 12 months (this includes a $80 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    3. A $190 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is less than 12 months (includes $40 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    4. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 300 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the National 15-hour USPAP Course. In addition for applications received on or before December 31, 2014, you must also have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or you must present satisfactory documentation of completion of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matters courses: English composition; micro economics; macro economics; finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; and business or real estate law; and two elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate. Education must be completed prior to taking the appraiser examination. Effective January 1, 2015, you must submit an official college or university transcript to document that you possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

    5. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours

    6. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience must be no more than 50% residential. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 30 months and must be completed prior to taking the appraiser license examination.

    7. Attach original passing results for the Certified General Real Property Appraiser examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application.

    8. After completing your online application, you must e-mail the documentation of your pre-license education, original passing results for the Certified General Real Property Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience to the Department of Commerce at licensing.commerce@state.mn.us. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field.

    9. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Licensed Residential to Certified Residential
    1. Complete the license application online at Pulse Portal.

    2. A $150 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application (a Federal Registry fee is not required because it was previously paid with the Licensed Residential Appraiser license), plus a $20 technology surcharge.

    3. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach Course Completion Certificates documenting 200 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course. In addition, for applications received on or before December 31, 2014, you must also have an associate degree from an accredited college or university or you must present satisfactory documentation of completion of 21 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matter courses: English composition; principles of economics (micro or macro); finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; and introduction and business or real estate law. Education must be completed prior to taking the appraiser license examination. Effective January 1, 2015, you must submit an official college or university transcript to document that you possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

    4. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours

    5. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 2500 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 24 months and must be completed prior to taking the appraiser license examination.

    6. Attach original passing results for the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application. 

    7. After completing your online application, you must e-mail the documentation of your pre-license education, original passing results for the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification Form documenting 2500 hours of licensed appraiser experience to the Department of Commerce at licensing.commerce@state.mn.us. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field.

    8. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Licensed Residential to Certified General
    1. Complete the license application online at Pulse Portal.

    2. A $150 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application (a Federal Registry fee is not required because it was previously paid with the Licensed Residential Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    3. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 300 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course. In addition, for applications received on or before December 31, 2014, you must also have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or you must present satisfactory documentation of completion of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matters courses: English composition; micro economics; macro economics; finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; business or real estate law; and two elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate. Education must be completed prior to taking the appraiser license examination. Effective January 1, 2015, you must submit an official college or university transcript to document that you possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

    4. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours

    5. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience must be no more than 50% residential. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 30 months and must be completed prior to taking the appraiser license examination.

    6. Attach original passing results for the Certified General Real Property Appraiser examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application.

    7. After completing your online application, you must e-mail the documentation of your pre-license education, original passing results for the Certified General Real Property Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience to the Department of Commerce at licensing.commerce@state.mn.us. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field.

    8. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Certified Residential to Certified General
    1. Complete the license application online at Pulse Portal.

    2. A $150 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application (a Federal Registry fee is not required because it was previously paid with the Certified Residential Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    3. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 300 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course. In addition, for applications received on or before December 31, 2014, you must also have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or you must present satisfactory documentation of completion of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matters courses: English composition; micro economics; macro economics; finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; business or real estate law; and two elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate. Education must be completed prior to taking the appraiser licenase examination. Effective January 1, 2015, you must submit an official college or university transcript to document that you possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

    4. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours

    5. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience must be no more than 50% residential. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 30 months and must be completed prior to taking the appraiser license examination.

    6. Attach original passing results for the Certified General Real Property Appraiser examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application.

    7. After completing your online application, you must e-mail the documentation of your pre-license education, original passing results for the Certified General Real Property Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience to the Department of Commerce at licensing.commerce@state.mn.us. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field.

    8. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.