Purchase USPAP now button 

What is USPAP?

The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) is the generally recognized ethical and performance standards for the appraisal profession in the United States.  USPAP was adopted by Congress in 1989, and contains standards for all types of appraisal services, including real estate, personal property, business and mass appraisal.  Compliance is required for state-licensed and state-certified appraisers involved in federally-related real estate transactions.  

To become a real property appraiser in the United States, appraisers must take the 15-Hour National USPAP Course (or its equivalent).  Additionally, real property appraisers must take the 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course (or its equivalent) once every two calendar years.  Please visit our Q&A webpage to review USPAP Q&As, and visit our store to purchase USPAP or a course Student Manual.  Additionally, the Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, is the publisher of the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions, commonly known as the "Yellow Book."  

NEW: View the Short Summary of Actions and Detailed Summary of Actions of adopted changes for the 2024 edition of USPAP. You can also view Past Summary of Actions for past editions of USPAP.

The Real Property Development, Real Property Reporting and Appraisal Review Standards of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) (collectively known as “Standards”) have been cited by the federal financial institution regulatory agencies in their rulemaking for implementing Title XI of the Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA). Therefore the 2024 Standards 1-4 are provided to the public.

Please visit these links to purchase your copy of the complete book today! 
USPAP Electronic PDF Edition   
USPAP Print Edition  



How can I impact USPAP revisions?

The Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) actively seeks the input of appraisers, their clients, users of appraisal services, and regulators. The ASB welcomes all comments and questions on USPAP and receives numerous telephone, electronic, and written inquiries.  In response, the ASB communicates directly with hundreds of individuals each year.

In accordance with its public charge, the ASB is required to issue exposure drafts of all proposed revisions to USPAP Standards and statements.  In addition, though its not required, most Advisory Opinions are also publicly exposed for comment.  All exposure drafts are posted on the Foundation website and are available free of charge by contacting the Foundation directly.  Interested parties can contribute to this process by submitting written comments to [email protected] or by offering oral testimony at an ASB public meeting.

How is USPAP enforced?

Although the ASB writes, amends, and interprets USPAP, the Board does not enforce USPAP.  Through FIRREA, the federal government has mandated that the states enforce real property appraiser compliance with USPAP.  Professional appraisal associations also have the legal authority to enforce USPAP compliance by their members.  In addition, many users of appraisal services (such as lenders, mortgage companies, etc.) have adopted USPAP and require employee or contract appraiser compliance to USPAP.  

Complaints regarding real property appraisers should be directed to the state(s) in which they are licensed or certified.  For more information about filing a complaint against a real property appraiser, please visit our Enforcement and Complaints webpage.  Complaints about an appraiser of any other discipline, such as personal property or business valuation, should be forwarded to the professional organization to which the appraiser belongs (when applicable). 

Will I still have to purchase USPAP every two years?

No, once you have your new copy of USPAP, you won’t need a new one for the USPAP Update Course until a new edition of standards is released.


Will I still need to take the USPAP Update Course every two years if there are no changes to USPAP?

Yes, the USPAP Update Course is not tied to the changing of the USPAP standards. It is a separate requirement set by the Appraiser Qualifications Board. Just like lawyers, accountants, and other professions who require regular education on ethical standards, appraisers must ensure that they have completed this critical course every two years.

Won’t the USPAP Update Course just be the same thing every two years if there are no USPAP updates?

No, the USPAP Update Course is updated every two years to incorporate emerging issues impacting the appraisal profession and highlight critical topics that appraisers may need more information on. Each time an appraiser takes the USPAP Update Course, it will have new material.


Will I need other materials for the USPAP Update Course?

Yes, because the USPAP Update Course will be updated on a regular basis, the accompanying student materials will be updated too. Always be sure to check with your education provider to ensure that you have all the necessary materials when you go to class.  

Can I still purchase the USPAP standards with the guidance materials?

Yes. If you like having the USPAP standards and guidance material linked, we still have you covered. You can also purchase a linked digital version of the eUSPAP and Guidance and Reference Manual for seamless access across both documents.


Brochures Related to USPAP


The ASB & USPAP: Information for Appraisers and Their Clients

Appraisers, Appraisals, & You: 
A Lender’s Guide to USPAP

A Guide to Understanding 
a Residential Appraisal

This brochure is intended to help appraisers and users of appraisal services become more familiar with the role, function, and activities of the ASB and the process by which USPAP is developed and revised.

This brochure will assist lenders in working with an appraiser to properly value collateral as part of the loan underwriting process. This brochure is being updated and will be on the site soon. This brochure will help you understand a residential appraisal, including what a credible appraisal is and its elements, the appraisal process, the importance of appraiser independence, and how to proceed if you feel that a correction needs to be made to your appraisal report.

Charts Related to USPAP


Yes, I Can Perform that Assignment!

Sample Residential Restricted
Appraisal Report

Sample Non-Residential Restricted 
Appraisal Report

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

This sample residential Restricted Appraisal Report complies with the 2020-21 edition of USPAP Standards Rule 2-2(b). This sample non-residential Restricted Appraisal Report complies with the 2020-21 edition of USPAP Standards Rule 2-2(b).