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QUALIFYING EDUCATION

Qualifying Education – The required education an individual must successfully complete in order to obtain an appraiser license or an apprentice permit.

The fifteen-hour (15) National USPAP course is for qualifying education only and cannot be used for continuing education.

Beginning August 1, 2011 the Board will conduct both state and federal criminal background checks for the purpose of determining whether an applicant has been charged with, indicted for,or convicted of a crime that may have bearing upon the applicant's fitness to hold a license.

● Apprentice – An individual must successfully complete 150 hours of Board approved Qualifying Education courses before applying for an apprentice permit.

● Licensed Residential Appraiser – An individual must successfully complete 150 hours of Board approved Qualifying Education courses before applying for a Licensed Residential Appraiser License.

● Certified Residential Appraiser – An individual must successfully complete 200 hours of Board approved Qualifying Education courses before applying for a Certified Residential Appraiser License. In addition, the Certified Residential requires an Associate degree or higher, or in lieu of a degree, a minimum of 21 college semester hours in specified coursework.

● Certified General Appraiser - An individual must successfully complete 300 hours of Board approved Qualifying Education courses before applying for a Certified General Appraiser License. In addition, the Certified General requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or in lieu of a degree, a minimum of 30 college semester hours in specified coursework. 

 CONTINUING EDUCATION  

Continuing Education – The required fourteen (14) hours of education an individual must take in order to renew their apprentice permit or appraiser license each year.

An apprentice or an appraiser cannot take the same courses each year for Continuing Education credit. You must wait three (3) years before retaking a course or seminar. The only exception is the 7-hour National USPAP Update Course. This course can be taken each year. However, you must meet the federal requirement that states the 7-hour National USPAP Update Course must be taken every two years.  

Continuing Education must be taken from September 1st of the previous year onward.

ON-LINE CONTINUING EDUCATION  

On-line Continuing Education – The Board will accept on-line Continuing Education as part of the necessary education requirement to renew the individuals apprentice permit or appraiser license as long as the following conditions are met:

● All courses or seminars MUST be approved by the West Virginia Appraiser Board. No other on-line courses will be accepted.

● NO USPAP courses or courses over seven (7) hours will be approved.

● Of the fourteen (14) hours required to renew your apprentice permit or your appraiser license a minimum of seven hours MUST be classroom hours.

If you are planning to take a Continuing Education course or a Qualifying Education course that is not listed under the Continuing Education tab or the Qualifying Education tab, be sure to contact the Board to make sure the course is approved. Continuing Education credit or Qualifying Education credit will be DENIED for an unapproved course.

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