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Appraiser Certification Program

Information for Education Providers

Appraiser education course(s) must be approved by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, Appraiser Certification Program, prior to attendance by appraisers who wish to use the course for education credit.

Providers of appraisal courses are not approved individually.

Initial Course(s) Approval

To submit a course(s) for approval:

  1. Complete the Course Approval Program Application (from the Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials).
  2. Submit to the address on the bottom of the page:
  • Completed Course Approval Program Application (See number one above.)
  • $50.00 fee for each course application with a check made payable to the Appraiser Certification Program.
  • Course outline or syllabus.
  • All texts, workbooks, hand-outs, or other course materials.
  • Instructor qualifications.
  • Course examinations.
  • Length of the course offering.
  • Description of procedures for measuring and validating attendance.

Course(s) Renewal

To renew a course(s) that has already been approved submit:

  • Completed Course Approval Program Application (Adobe PDF format, from the Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials).
  • $50.00 fee for each course application with a check made payable to the Appraiser Certification Program.
  • If there are any changes since initial approval, submit the applicable current:
    • Course outline or syllabus.
    • Texts, workbooks, hand-outs, or other course materials.
    • Instructor qualifications.
    • Course examinations.
    • Length of the course offering.
    • Description of procedures for measuring and validating attendance.

Course Requirements

Qualifying education course(s) must be at least 15 class hours and a closed-book examination must be successfully completed.

Continuing education course(s) must be at least two class hours. Credit may be granted for courses that cover appraisal-related real estate topics and that maintain or increase the appraiser's skill, knowledge, and competency in real property appraising.

Courses and seminars are approved for three years from the date of approval unless it is determined that the course has changed and does not meet the required criteria.

Any change in instructors, program content or location must be reported for review.

Distance education courses are acceptable under certain conditions (See Adminstrative Rule of South Dakota [ARSD] 20:14:13:05.)

A list of participants must be retained for a minimum of three years.

A certificate of attendance must be provided to each student that attends and successfully completes an approved course.

Each student must be provided with a course evaluation form upon completion of the course. The provider must then compile a tally which must be sent to the Secretary along with the completed course evaluation forms within 15 days of course completion.

Please see ARSD 20:14:13 for further information.

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