Appraiser Qualifications Board Course Approval Program (CAP)

The Course Approval Program (CAP) was established by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) at the request of and as a service to state appraiser regulatory agencies and real property appraisal education providers. The intent of this voluntary program is to provide a minimum level of acceptance for real property appraisal education courses meeting the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria established by the AQB.

The program is designed to be a convenience for education providers and state regulators by providing easy access to education that has met minimum AQB requirements.

The AQB encourages state appraiser regulatory agencies and providers of real estate appraisal education to participate in and support this program.

List of Courses 

To view an active list of all current AQB approved courses, please visit: AQB Approved Real & Non-Real Property Courses.
Please contact your state to determine if a course is approved in your specific state.

For a list of course providers who offer The Appraisal Foundation's USPAP courses, please see Providers of the Foundation's Courses.

Delivery Mechanism Approval

CAP offers Delivery Mechanism Approval which is provided in response to requests from course developers to expand the number of delivery mechanism approval platforms for asynchronous courses that will decrease the cost of the approval process, reduce approval times frames, and remove constraints on education course developer provider innovation and technological advancement. This new system is an alternative to IDECC/ARELLO, not a replacement.  

List of Approved Delivery Mechanism Entities

The following entities are currently approved by the AQB :
  • The AQB and The Appraisal Foundation through the Course Approval Program
  • Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO)
  • International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC)
Course delivery mechanism approval for asynchronous courses can also be obtained from a college or university which meets the requirements outlined in the Criteria.

Application to become an AQB-Approved Delivery Mechanism Entity

If you are interested in becoming an AQB-approved delivery mechanism entity, please review the CAP policies and procedures and complete this application



Practicum courses provide another pathway for aspiring appraisers to fulfill their experience requirements by taking by taking advantage of programs which offer practical experience in a real environment. The Appraiser Qualifications Board created the program as an alternative to the traditional supervisor/trainee model for gaining appraisal experience. To learn more about practicum, please visit our practicum webpage.

Education Providers

Any school, organization, person, or other entity that owns the proprietary rights to a course is eligible to apply for course approval under CAP for qualifying and/or continuing education.  

Participation in CAP by education providers is not mandatory. Similarly, state appraiser regulatory agencies are not obligated to utilize or recognize this program. Education providers that have obtained CAP approval of their course(s) must still satisfy any requirements for course approval or recognition promulgated by a state in which approval is sought.

A complete application must be submitted to CAP in electronic format. To apply to CAP, review the Course Submission Instructions and upload the Course Submission Documents.  


CAP Policies and Procedures - September 2022
CAP Fee Schedule
Equivalent USPAP Courses
List of AQB-Approved Courses

State Regulators

The Course Approval Program operates on an electronic application submission system, which enables state regulators to view the materials of hundreds of CAP-approved courses via a password-protected website. Access to the password-protected website is limited to state regulatory agency personnel only. To obtain website access, additional identification information is required and will be verified by The Appraisal Foundation staff.


Request State Regulator Access
View Course Materials 


Please contact  Olivia Chalakani