Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

Font Size: A A A

Appraiser Certification Program


Important Announcements

Articles Published in the Real Estate Commission's VIEW Newsletter of Importance to Appraisers

Important Reminders

Important Announcements


Public Hearing to Adopt Rules

A public hearing will be held May 14, 2018, at 10 a.m in Pierre to consider the adoption and amendment of proposed rules numbered 20:14:05:03; 20:14:05:03.01; 20:14:05:04; 20:14:05:05.02; 20:14:05:07.02; 20:14:05:07.03; 20:14:05:07.04; 20:14:06:01; 20:14:10:04; 20:14:10:04.01; and 20:14:13:01, inclusive. The meeting will be held in the Appraiser Certification Program Conference Room, 308 South Pierre Street.

The effect of the rules will be to lower the number of months and hours of experience for the State-Licensed and State-Certified Residential appraiser; lower the percentage of required residential appraisal experience hours for the State-Certified Residential appraiser; lower the number of months of experience for the State-Certified General appraiser; correct certain terminology for consistency; add general education options for the State-Certified Residential appraiser; repeal the general education requirements for State-Licensed appraiser; provide an alternative to general education requirements for the State-Licensed appraiser to upgrade to State-Certified Residential appraiser; clearly state late renewal application deadline; and establish late fee for late completion of the update course; and clearly affirm deadline for completion of update course. View the full proposed rules text (Adobe PDF).

2017 Renewal Applications

The 2017 renewal applications were mailed the first week in July and are due August 17, 2017. In order to renew your certificate for state-certified general, state-certified residential, state-licensed and state-registered appraiser you must submit the completed renewal application, applicable renewal fees and verification of the required 28 hours of approved continuing education (unless deferred or exempt)* which includes the seven-hour National USPAP. [Pursuant to Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) 20:14:13:01, the 2016-2017 edition of the seven-hour National USPAP update course must have been completed between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016. If the course was not completed by June 30, 2016 the applicant will be assessed a $100 administrative penalty fee.]

Changes in Allowance for Midway Review & Allegations of Noncompliance/Complaints Effective September 20, 2016

Midway to Upgrade Review: When a state-registered appraiser has achieved at least fifty percent of the experience hours required to upgrade to the state-licensed, state-certified residential, or state-certified general appraiser classification, the appraiser may request an appraisal review of an appraisal completed by him/her. A maximum of two appraisals can be reviewed with the applicable midway upgrade fee applying for each appraisal submitted.

If the review reveals that the licensee's appraisal is in compliance, the appraiser shall be granted credit for the compliant appraisal report when he/she applies to upgrade to a higher classification.

If the appraisal review reveals that the licensee's appraisal is not in compliance, remedial education may be prescribed to the licensee. No disciplinary action may be taken against the licensee or their supervisory appraiser. (See Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) 20:14:05:05.05.)

Allegation of non-compliance: An allegation of non-compliance must be in writing and meet the following criteria:

  1. The allegation of error or violation of any provision is considered credible and based upon factual information which is independently verifiable; and
  2. The allegation is accompanied by a copy of the appraisal report or other credible documentation which contains a clearly identifiable error or violation, and provides sufficient evidence that it is probable the allegation has merit.

Complaints: Upon receipt of an allegation of non-compliance against any certificate holder or applicant for certification, or upon the Secretary's own motion, the secretary shall initiate an investigation of the allegation. If the investigation provides evidence of non-compliance, the secretary may enter a formal complaint stating the charge against any certificate holder or applicant for certification.

Late Appraiser Certification Renewals

If your appraiser certificate expired on September 30, 2016 and you have not renewed, you have until March 31, 2017 in order to renew your certificate with a $25 late penalty fee for each month or fraction of a month that has passed since October 1, 2016. See Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) 20:14:10:04 for more information.

Late Supervisory Appraiser Renewals

If your supervisory appraiser endorsement expired on September 30, 2016, you have until March 31, 2017 in order to renew your endorsement with a $25 late penalty fee for each month or fraction of a month that has passed since October 1, 2016. See ARSD 20:14:10:04 for more information.

Upgrading Clarification

Please note: It is not mandatory for a State-Registered Appraiser to upgrade to the State-Licensed Appraiser classification. A State-Registered Appraiser may upgrade to State-Certified Residential or State-Certified General.

Email and Address Changes Must Be Reported

It is important that any email and address changes be reported to the Appraiser Certification Program as timely as possible. For appraisal management companies, the changes are to be reported to our office within five days of the change. For appraisers, it is to be immediately upon any change of residential or business address, along with the email address, if available.

back to top

Important Reminders


Appraisal Experience Log

Appraisal experience must be documented using the Appraisal Experience Log (Microsoft Excel format). Instructions for completion are included in the file. Only this format is accepted for assignments and experience hours claimed on or after June 1, 2015.

back to top

Contact Us