Aspiring Appraisers

This page includes resources for aspiring appraisers including information on finding classes and a step by step guide to joining the profession. Keep an eye out for our supervisor/trainee matching portal coming soon!

Helpful Links

How to Become an Appraiser
How to Become a Real Property Appraiser
List of Approved Courses (CAP)
Real Estate Degree Review Program
Appraisal Profession Diversity Survey Results
Appraiser Talk
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation-Division of Real Estate Video on Becoming an Appraiser

Publications Related to Aspiring Appraisers 


2020-2021 eUSPAP
2024 eUSPAP

The Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria

Personal Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria

The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 recognizes USPAP as the generally accepted real property appraisal standards and requires USPAP compliance for appraisers in federally related transactions.

USPAP contains standards for all types of appraisal services, including real estate, personal property, business and mass appraisal. Federal, state, and local agencies, appraisal services, and many professional appraisal organizations require compliance with USPAP.

Under the provisions of Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) establishes the minimum education, experience, and examination 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 in the 
Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria (Criteria).

The Personal Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria establishes minimum requirements for all personal property appraisers who are members of sponsoring organizations of The Appraisal Foundation. Personal property appraisers who are not members of sponsoring organizations are encouraged, but are not required, to follow the minimum education and experience recommendations established by the Criteria.


Brochures Related to Aspiring Appraisers 


How to Enter the Appraisal Profession

How to Enter the Real Property
Appraisal Profession

Military Veterans:
Consider Becoming an Appraiser!

This brochure is intended to provide basic information to individuals who are considering a career in the appraisal profession.

This brochure is intended to provide basic information to individuals who are considering a career in the real property appraisal profession.

This factsheet details the benefits of becoming a real estate appraisal for military veterans.

Fast Facts for Aspiring Appraisers


Fast Facts for Future Appraisers

Fast Facts for Future
Real Estate Appraisers

Yes, I Can Perform that Assignment!

This infographic provides quick facts on why to become an appraiser.

This infographic provides quick facts on why to become a real estate appraiser.

This chart provides some examples of the many types of assignments an appraiser may perform.