NOTICE: Extension of Current USPAP

The Appraisal Standards Board voted on February 19, 2021 to extend the effective date of the current 2020-21 USPAP through December 31, 2022. Click here to learn more.

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

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.  

Delivery Mechanism Approval

Starting on February 1, 2022, a new delivery mechanism entity, the AQB’s Delivery Mechanism Approval, will be available through The Appraisal Foundation’s Course Approval Program (CAP). This new approval system is provided in response to requests from course developers to expand the number of delivery mechanism approval platforms 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. It complies with changes to the 2022 Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria, which added the AQB/The Appraisal Foundation as an alternative delivery mechanism approval entity for asynchronous distance education. This new system is an alternative to IDECC, not a replacement. The new option is available on the revised CAP application and is detailed in the CAP Policies and Procedures.

As a special introductory offer, we will be waiving the fees for using this delivery mechanism approval system until December 31, 2022. Please email JoEllen Alberts at [email protected] if you have any questions or if you’d like to learn more about this new delivery mechanism approval system.


CAP Policies and Procedures - May 2022
CAP Policies 2022 Summary of Actions
CAP Fee Schedule 
Equivalent USPAP Courses
List of AQB-Approved Courses
Practicum Course Application for Education Providers 
Practicum Course Property Identification for Education Providers 

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 JoEllen Alberts