How do I become an appraiser?

  • To appraise real property, all states require appraisers to be licensed or certified. See the State Licensing page for more information about the process and requirements in your state.
  • The Appraisal Institute offers basic real estate appraisal courses that will help you meet your state’s requirements.

What is the Appraisal Institute?

  • The Appraisal Institute is an international association of more than 19,000 real estate professionals.
  • We are the largest appraisal organization and the acknowledged leader in real estate appraisal education, publishing, and research.
  • We offer general and residential designations to qualified members.

What can the Appraisal Institute do for me?

  • Membership in the Appraisal Institute increases your business potential.
  • We provide members and the public with high quality real estate appraisal education at discounted rates.
  • We offer the most widely recognized designations in the industry.
  • Members receive regular periodicals with up-to-date information and discounts on all our courses, seminars, and publications.
  • Members also have access to group insurance benefits, the Lum Library and research service, and an advocate in government relations on the national and state levels.
  • Individuals in related fields can gain access to qualified real estate appraisers and consultants across the country through our directory of members.
  • Bankers, lawyers, government officials, and others who deal with real property transactions can also benefit from our educational programs, publications, and periodicals.

What are the costs of membership?