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QUALIFYING EDUCATION TO OBTAIN AN APPRENTICE PERMIT OR APPRAISER LICENSE

1. What qualifying education do I need to become an Apprentice?
2. What qualifying education do I need to become a Licensed Residential appraiser?
3. What qualifying education do I need to become a Certified Residential appraiser?
4. What qualifying education do I need to become a Certified General appraiser?
5. What course providers offer qualifying education to obtain an apprentice permit or an Appraiser license?
6. Can I take qualifying education from any course provider?
7. Can I take on-line education courses to meet the qualifying education requirement?
8. What is the difference between qualifying education and continuing education?

APPRENTICE QUESTIONS
1. What are the requirements to become an apprentice?
2. What is the fee to become an apprentice?
3. Are there restrictions as to how long I can be apprentice?
4. Do I have to work under anyone during my apprenticeship?
5. How many supervisors can an apprentice work under?
6. What is the process to become a supervisor for an apprentice? How many apprentices can a supervisor have?
7. My supervisor and I need to attend the orientation. What do we need to do?
8. How do I add or cancel a supervisor?
9. How do I log in my experience hours?
10. Are there any examinations I need to take before I can obtain an appraiser license?
11. When renewing my apprentice permit, is it necessary for me to complete any continuing education?

UPGRADING LICENSES
1. What are the requirements necessary to upgrade my license to Licensed Residential Appraiser?
2. What are the requirements necessary to upgrade my license to Certified Residential Appraiser?
3. What are the requirements necessary to upgrade my license to Certified General Appraiser?
4. Is there an application fee to upgrade my license?
5. Is there a certain form I need to use to record my experience hours?

RENEWAL OF LICENSES
1. When does my apprentice permit or my appraiser license expire?
2. What is the license fee to renew my apprentice permit or my appraiser license?
3. How many hours of continuing education do I need to renew my apprentice or my appraiser license and when must it be taken?
4. Where can I find information on Board approved continuing education courses?
5. Will the Board accept qualifying education for continuing education?
6. Will the Board accept on-line education for continuing education credit?
7. How often do I need to take the 7-hour national USPAP Update Course?
8. How long must I wait before I can retake a Continuing Education course?
9. If my license is on inactive status, what must I do to have it placed in active status?
10. If my appraiser license has expired no more than two years, what do I need to do in order to place my license on active status?
11. Why was my license renewal form returned to me?

NON-RESIDENT LICENSE
1. What is the process to obtain a Non-Resident appraiser license?
2. What is the license fee for a Licensed Residential Appraiser, a Certified Residential Appraiser, and a Certified General Appraiser, and when will my license expire?

TEMPORARY PERMITS
1. How can I obtain a temporary permit?
2. When will my temporary permit expire?
3. How many properties am I permitted to appraise?
4. Is there a limit as to how many temporary permits I can receive?

MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS
1. What is your mailing address?
2. What is your telephone number and fax number?
3. What is your email address?
4. How do I file a complaint against an appraiser or an apprentice?
5. How can I find out if there are any disciplinary actions taken against an appraiser?
6. I need to find an appraiser, can you help me?
7. How can I receive a Letter of Good Standing?
8. I lost my pocket card license. What do I do to get a new one?
9. What is required to have a Continuing Education Course (classroom or on-line) or a Qualifying Education Course approved?
10. My address has changed. Is there anything I need to do?
11. How can I receive a copy of my permanent file?



1. What qualifying education do I need to become an Apprentice?
To become an apprentice an individual must successfully complete 150 hours of Board approved Qualifying Education courses before applying for an Apprentice Permit.

2. What qualifying education do I need to become a Licensed Residential appraiser?
To become a Licensed Residential appraiser an individual must successfully complete 150 hours of Board approved Qualifying Education courses.

3. What qualifying education do I need to become a 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.

4. What qualifying education do I need to become a 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.

5. What course providers offer qualifying education to obtain an apprentice permit or an Appraiser license?
Under the tab Qualifying Education you will find a list of all the course providers that are approved to teach qualifying education in West Virginia.

6. Can I take qualifying education from any course provider?
No, only the course providers approved by the West Virginia Appraiser Board are approved.

7. Can I take on-line education courses to meet the qualifying education requirement?
No, only classroom courses are approved.

8. What is the difference between qualifying education and continuing education?
Qualifying Education is the required education an individual must successfully complete in order to obtain an appraiser license or an apprentice permit.

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

APPRENTICE QUESTIONS

1. What are the requirements to become an apprentice?
An apprentice must successfully complete 150 hours of Board approved qualifying education courses before applying for an Apprentice Permit.

2. What is the fee to become an apprentice?
There is a non-refundable application fee of $125.00.
The annual Apprentice Permit fee is $290.00.

3. Are there restrictions as to how long I can be apprentice?
Currently there are no restrictions as to how long you can be an apprentice.

4. Do I have to work under anyone during my apprenticeship?
Yes, you must work under a Board approved Certified Residential Appraiser or a Certified General Appraiser.

5. How many supervisors can an apprentice work under?
An apprentice can have as many Board approved supervisors as they wish.

6. What is the process to become a supervisor for an apprentice? How many apprentices can a supervisor have?
To become a supervisor you must submit an Application for Supervisor Review to the Board. If approved by the Board, you will be issued a certificate indicating you are an approved supervisor for a period of 5 years. A supervisor can have two apprentices working under them.

7. My supervisor and I need to attend the orientation. What do we need to do?
After receiving your Apprentice Permit you need to contact the Board within ten (10) days to schedule an appointment for orientation.

8. How do I add or cancel a supervisor?
On the Change Notification or Request Form under the Supervisor/Apprentice Change section, fill out the information and mail it to the Board.

9. How do I log in my experience hours?
There is a required appraisal experience log to be used for logging in your experience hours. Attached to the Experience Log are Instructions how to complete your log.

10. Are there any examinations I need to take before I can obtain an appraiser license?
You are required to take the West Virginia State Exam, as well as the National Exam. The National Exam test score expires two years from the date the exam was taken.

11. To renew my apprentice permit am I required to complete continuing education?
You are required to complete fourteen (14) hours of continuing education when renewing your apprentice Permit. If your initial licensing date was after March 1st of the renewal year, continuing education is not required.

UPGRADING LICENSE

1. What are the requirements necessary to upgrade my license to Licensed Residential Appraiser?
You must have completed 150 hours of Board approved Qualifying Education; obtained 2,000 hours of experience hours over a minimum of 12 months; and successfully passed the National Exam and West Virginia State Exam. Once the requirements are met you can submit an application to upgrade your license to the Board.
 
2. What are the requirements necessary to upgrade my license to Certified Residential Appraiser?
You must have completed 200 hours of Board approved Qualifying Education; have an Associate Degree or higher, or in lieu of a degree, a minimum of 21 college semester hours in specified coursework; obtained 2,500 hours of experience hours over a minimum of 24 months; and successfully passed the National Exam. Once the requirements are met you can submit an application to upgrade your license to the Board.
 
3. What are the requirements necessary to upgrade my license to Certified General Appraiser?
You must successfully completed 300 hours of Board approved Qualifying Education; have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, or in lieu of a degree, a minimum of 30 college semester hours in specified coursework; obtained 3,000 hours of experience hours over a minimum of 30 months; and successfully passed the National Exam. Once the requirements are met you can submit an application to upgrade your license to the Board.

4. Is there an application fee to upgrade my license?
There is a $125.00 non-refundable application fee.

5. Is there a certain form I need to use to record my experience hours?
Yes, you must use the required Experience Log Form (Click "Cancel" if prompted to login).

RENEWAL OF LICENSES

1. When does my apprentice permit or my appraiser license expire?
All apprentice permits and appraiser licenses expire on September 30th of each year regardless of the date it was issued.

2. What is the license fee to renew my apprentice permit or my appraiser license?
License renewal fees are as follows: Apprentice Permit, $290.00; Licensed Residential, $290.00; Certified Residential, $340.00; and, Certified General, $490.00.

3. How many hours of continuing education do I need to renew my apprentice or my appraiser license and when must it be taken?
In order to renew your apprentice permit or your appraiser license you must take 14 hours of Board approved continuing education. Education must be taken from September 1st of the previous year through September 30th of the year your license expires. NOTE APPRENTICES ONLY: If your initial licensing date was after March 1st of the renewal year, continuing education is not required.

4. Where can I find information on Board approved continuing education courses?
All Board Approved Continuing Education courses can be found on the Board’s website under Education.

5. Will the Board accept qualifying education for continuing education?
Yes

6. Will the Board accept on-line education for continuing education credit?
Only if the following conditions are met: all courses or seminars must be approved by the Board. No other on-line courses will be accepted. All Board approved on-line education can be found on the Board’s website; NO USPAP courses or courses over 7 hours will be approved; and, of the 14 hours required to renew your apprentice permit or appraiser license, a minimum of 7 hours MUST be classroom hours.

7. How often do I need to take the 7-hour national USPAP Update Course?
You are required to take the course every 2 years.

8. How long must I wait before I can retake a Continuing Education course?
You must wait 3 years before retaking a course. 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 2 years.

9. If my license is on inactive status, what must I do to have it placed in active status?
You must submit to the Board copies of certificates indicating you have completed 14 hours of continuing education for every year that you are inactive. You must have a certificate indicating you have taken the current 7-Hour National USPAP Course. You are also required to pay the licensing fee.

10. If my appraiser license has expired no more than two years, what do I need to do in order to place my license on active status?
You must submit an application for license renewal along with copies of certificates indicating you have completed 14 hours of continuing education for every year your license was expired. You must have a certificate indicating you have taken the current 7-Hour National USPAP Course. You are also required to pay the licensing fee as well as a reinstatement fee of $100.00.

11. Why was my license renewal form returned to me?
There are several reasons your license renewal form could be returned: failure to attach a current photograph; all questions on the application were not answered; failure to sign the application; failure to attach the proper documentation indicating you have completed the necessary continuing education; and or, failure to enclose the proper licensing fee.

NON-RESIDENT LICENSE

1. What is the process to obtain a Non-Resident Appraiser License?
An individual must complete an Application for a Non-Resident Appraiser License. There is a $125.00 non-refundable application fee. You are required to meet all West Virginia licensing requirements. The instruction page of the Non-Resident Application indicates what the licensing requirements are. NOTE: If any of the Qualifying Education taken by you to receive your license credential was on-line, you will NOT meet the educational requirement. When determined you have met all the licensing requirements as part of the application process, a letter will be sent requesting reports for review.  You will also be sent the West Virginia State Exam.  Documentation necessary to take the exam will be enclosed.  When the reports submitted for review are approved and the West Virginia Exam is successfully passed, a license will be issued. 

2. What is the license fee for a Licensed Residential Appraiser, a Certified Residential Appraiser, and a Certified General Appraiser, and when will my license expire?
The licensing fees are as follows: Licensed Residential Appraiser $290.00; Certified Residential Appraiser $340.00; and, Certified General Appraiser $490.00. Your license will expire September 30th regardless of the date it was issued.

TEMPORARY PERMITS

1. How can I obtain a temporary permit?
An Application to Receive a Temporary Permit can be obtained on our website. There is a $150.00 non-refundable application fee.

2. When will my temporary permit expire?
The temporary permit issued to you is good for six months

3. How many properties am I permitted to appraise?
You may appraise as many properties as you wish as long as the properties are assigned under one engagement letter and under one client.

4. Is there a limit as to how many temporary permits I can receive?
Only two temporary permits will be issued each year.

MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS

1. What is your mailing address?
Our mailing address is 2110 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 101, Charleston, WV 25311

2. What is your telephone number and fax number?
Our telephone number is (304) 558-3919. Our fax number is (304) 558-3983.

3. What is your email address?
The email address is wvappbd@mail.wvnet.edu

4. How do I file a complaint against an appraiser or an apprentice? 
Under the tab Disciplinary Actions you will find Complaint Form Instructions for filing a complaint.

5. How can I find out if there are disciplinary actions taken against an appraiser? 
Under the tab Disciplinary Actions, there is a drop down box, Completed Disciplinary Actions. Completed disciplinary actions are listed by year. Also, a letter can be sent to the Board requesting under FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) what detailed information you are seeking. You will be charged a $.50 per page copying fee plus postage for any documents you are requesting. Documentation will not be sent until payment is received. In the event there are any pending complaints against an appraiser or apprentice, any information will not be subject to the public until such time final resolution or disposition is achieved.

6. I need to find an appraiser, can you help me?
On the home page, you will see a tab, Roster. By clicking on the tab you will find all licensed appraisers, listed by county.

7. How can I receive a Letter of Good Standing? 
The letter of good standing request form must be completed and mailed to the Board along with a check or money order in the amount of $20.00 for each letter of good standing requested. 

8. I lost my pocket card license. What do I do to get a new one?
You must send to the Board, in writing, a letter stating your license has been lost and you are requesting a new license. Enclosed with your letter submit a check or money order in the amount of $25.00.

9. What is required to have a Continuing Education Course (classroom or on-line) or a Qualifying Education Course approved?
An Application for Education Course Approval must be submitted to the Board with all required documentation. There is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee.

10. My address has changed. Is there anything I need to do?
Fill out the Change Notification or Request Form indicating the address change and submit it to the Board.

11. How can I receive a copy of my permanent file?
You must submit to the Board a letter stating you wish to receive a copy of your permanent file. You will be charged a copy fee of $.50 per page.

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