Practical Applications of Real Estate Appraisal (PAREA)  

PAREA provides another pathway for aspiring appraisers to fulfill their experience requirements by taking advantage of innovative technology. PAREA is designed to offer practical experience in a virtual environment combining appraisal theory and methodology in real-world simulations. This experience can be provided through a wide range of online and virtual reality technologies. 

The Appraiser Qualifications Board created the program as an alternative to the traditional supervisor/trainee model for gaining appraisal experience. To meet the experience requirements for the Licensed Residential and the Certified Residential credential level, a participant can now choose between PAREA or the supervisor/trainee model.

What is PAREA? 

The Criteria and Guide Note for PAREA was adopted by the AQB on October 16, 2020 and became effective January 1, 2021.  The exposure draft which led to the adoption of PAREA can be read HERE and the revised Criteria with these edits is available HERE. Below are the highlights

  • It provides an alternative to the traditional Supervisor and Trainee model.
  • Participants complete all Qualifying Education prior to beginning program.
  • Initially available for Licensed Residential and Certified Residential experience credits. Partial experience credit for Certified General credential can also be awarded.
  • When complete the participant is eligible for up to 100% of experience credit for Licensed and Certified Residential credentials.
  • Providers and participants must complete training on all topics listed in the detailed content outline.
  • Participants will receive periodic mentoring throughout, ensuring sufficient demonstration of experience and understanding prior to moving forward in the program.
  • Participants will be required to produce USPAP-compliant appraisals within the program.
  • Participants, successfully completing PAREA must also pass the national licensing and certification exam for the appropriate credential level.

Participants: Are you interested in attending a PAREA program?

The Appraisal Foundation is in active communication with those who have expressed an interest in creating a PAREA program and we have just begun to receive applications for preliminary concept review. The AQB and the Foundation are looking forward to having an approved PAREA program available in the market soon.

If you would like to be notified when a program becomes available, please fill out this survey.

Providers: Are you interested in creating a PAREA program?

All PAREA programs must follow the PAREA Implementation Policies which were adopted by the AQB on December 15, 2020. The Policies provide guidance to offer a path to success for providers and participants, while encouraging innovation.

The AQB has also released PAREA Provider Q&As to answer frequently asked questions, including the process of developing a PAREA program.

Providers are encouraged to submit their program concept for Preliminary Design Review prior to full program development. You can submit your Preliminary Design Review HERE.

When you are ready to submit your program for approval, complete the application using the Provider Guide for help, and the PAREA Minimum Content Requirements for Licensed Residential and/or Certified Residential Requirements.

Pathways to Success Conditional Grant

The Appraisal Foundation’s Pathway to Success Conditional Grant program is no longer accepting applications. More information will be posted here when available. 

States: Do you need more information about PAREA?

The AQB held a webinar in January 2021 with state regulators to provide information and answer questions. Based on feedback received, a PAREA Handout for States was created. This handout is a brief fact sheet meant to communicate important aspects of PAREA. If you have further questions, please contact Aida Dedajic

State Approval of PAREA

Contact your state appraiser regulatory agency to learn if they have accepted PAREA.


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